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A Steak House without Steak House Prices?

So the BF's bday is this weekend and here is the dilemma: He wants to go to a steakhouse (his favorite and only choice for special occasions), but it is not in the cards for us economically at this time. Normally we are all about Jimmy's, where we like the food and the price is definitely right, but we want don't want to have to drive and would like a reason to dress up a little and go out downtown. So, what do you recommend? Somewhere semi-affordable that has good steak? And steak frites will not do--for some reason he hates steak frites...
Am I asking for something that doesn't exist?...

Thanks for your help!

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  1. The Stockyard isn't all that spendy, if memory serves, and has some decent steaks.

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      I went to the Stockyard a couple of months ago, hadn't been there in years, but remember the room being super snugglie for a cold snowy night, and it still is. I didn't recall the kind of hokey pub-grub stuff being on the menu back then, like the bacon-lobster-lettuce-tomato (BLLT) sliders, but the steaks were exactly what you'd expect, big cheap martinis, big cozy booths, big bar, big value. I wish it had more of that 50's kinda charm, wood-paneling and white-suits, but it's about halfway there.

      The prime riblet was particularly tasty btw, and I am very eager to get to the Mt. Vernon for the same.

       
       
       
      1. re: Nab

        We decided on the stockyard last night. One of my favorite things to do with my dad when i was younger was go there and split a huge prime rib. Delish. Martinis and steak, here we come!

    2. The Stockyard and Frank's are the two that hit the Jimmy's level in price and quality and are still in town. Myself, I prefer a Brazilian steakhouse like Midwest Grill or the prime skirt steak frites at Grill 23 if I'm trying to keep it under $30.

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      Grill 23 & Bar
      161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Midwest Grill
      1124 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        What's your view of Frank's? I'd heard about it when I drifted to Boston in the early 1990s as the legendary hangout of Massachusetts pols. But other, seemingly better places intervened and I've never been. Was it once a place to see people? (Nowadays one sees people everywhere: Tamarind Bay, Rialto, Armado's, etc.). Was it once a place to get a good steak? What is it like now?

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        Tamarind Bay
        75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. re: FoodDabbler

          Haven't been back to Frank's in seven or eight years. It serves choice-grade steaks, is famous for its 14-oz boneless sirloin served on a sizzling cast-iron platter, with a salad and two veg for under $20. I imagine this was pretty awesome in the 1950s; I'd probably equate it roughly with a national steakhouse chain like Outback now, but with more old-timey charm. Used to go more regularly to see Preacher Jack perform.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Yea I forgot to mention that Frank's is probably not on the list. We go on occasion (including his last bday) and the last time we went (maybe 3 months ago?) it was pretty awful. He has great memories of it from when his grandfather used to bring him there, but these days we think Jimmy's is more delicious...

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I would not call Frank's horrible. We go for the fun of it (a lot!) - especially on low-key Monday nights or on a Friday night when John O'Brien (I think that is his name) sings old standards. We love to play Keno and pretend we are our parents (which is what the crowd looks like). My husband gets the sizzler every time. It is delicious! I get the surf and turf with the petit filet and the broiled scallops. The onion brick is what you'd expect. The sides are typical - greek deli rice pilaf, standard baked potato, serviceable fries. There is a tarragon butter that comes with the steaks that is delicious. I am hardly going to compare this to Cap Grille or Abe and Louis or Mortons, but for what it is worth, the place is charming in an old school kind of way. If you lower your expectations and enjoy it for what it is, you can leave there feeling sated. Make sure to check out the photos of Boston's gliterati (from now and then) which adorn the vestibule walls.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I wnt about a year and ahalf ago and it was good as it always had been. Certainly nota dress up place but the sizzled sirloin is good and th old time waitresses (not old waitresses) can be a hoot. Lively crowd and some kind of music in the lounge on weekends.

          2. Well, it's not downtown, and you don't have to dress up to go, but I will tell you that the steaks at the Longhorn are excellent. Personally, I'm not crazy about the ambiance, but if you look past it, and just at your fabulous steak, it's fine. They're owned by the Capital Grille folks.

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            Longhorn Steakhouse
            401 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215

            1. Ruth's Chris is offering a three course dinner for $39.95, not my fav place but, this is a pretty good deal.

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              1. re: treb

                We went there for restaurant week. It was good but not awesome...maybe we will go back, it is too bad we were just there!

                Thank you for the heads up!

                I also noticed that Flemings is doing 3 courses for $39.95, but it ends 3/31.

                1. re: treb

                  I had this at the Ruth's Chris in DC. I thought it was a very good deal.

                2. You could go in a totally different direction and hit up Newbridge Cafe in Chelsea for the city's best steak tips. It's totally downscale and not a dress up place at all, but could be an intentially ironic birthday choice that would give you a great meat experience.

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                  1. re: keith

                    Funny you should bring that up! I had suggested to him we go to the Midwest Grill or another Churrascuria, and do the down market version of a steak house thing, especially since we live between Central and Inman but he didn't love the suggestion (well he loves churrascurias, but i guess not for his bday?)

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                    Midwest Grill
                    1124 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                    1. re: Libbypizza

                      In Winthrop, Rossetti's has a few excellent steak options, it's reasonable and BYO. Also agree, New Bridge has great tips and the waitstaff is worth it for the entertainment factor but remember, it's cash only.