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Aug 31, 2011 12:54 PM

where to get decent steak without breaking the bank?

Looking for a steak house that is not excessively expensive.

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  1. Mercado Buenos Aires - probably my favorite, but no wine or beer
    7540 Sepulveda Blvd
    Van Nuys

    Malbec - nice restaurant generally, Argentinian, good wine list
    Pasadena or Toluca Lake

    Taylor's old school, I find the steaks hit or miss but they aren't overly expensive and I can wash them down with a good scotch.
    Koreatown or La Canada Flintridge

    Some people might say Damon's in Pasadena but I disagree. I don't like their steak even though it's pretty cheap.

    I do like the steaks at Chez Jay on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica:

    Chez Jay
    1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Mercado Buenos Aires
    7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

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      1. re: estone888

        I believe Damons is in Glendale...and i have found that the quality has really slipped in the past couple of years, I used to love the place

        1. re: sdv231

          Yep, just a slip of the fingers. Pasadena was on my mind for some reason. Damon's is in Glendale.

        2. re: estone888

          taylors in koreatown! check out their daily specials. each day they have a special pricing for certain meals.
          dark, old school setting, booths, etc.

        3. If you are in the Valley then (if a fan of "old school") I recommend you give the Sherman Room in Van Nuys a try.

          Sherman Room
          16916 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

          1. I will second that emotion --Taylor's is the place. Koreatown or La Canada -- they look exactly alike (well, on the inside!!) Get a culotte steak and a Molly salad and you're set. It's a great bargain and an all-'round nice (friendly) place. It is a throwback in time, so don't expect a modern decor. It's red leather (vinyl?!) booths, dark lighting and servers who call you Sweet Pea. You'll swear you saw Jesse Unruh in the corner. I love the place..!

            1. Believe it or not Houston's. Very good CENTER-CUT FILET.

              Houston's Restaurant
              1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

              Houston's Restaurant
              10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 195, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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              1. re: wienermobile

                I'm a Taylors fan, but I have to agree, Houston's does pretty well.
                You could even throw Outback into the mix.
                Sure, chain restaurant atmosphere with lots of flair, but in a blind taste test, I would bet Houstons and Outback would beat anything else mentioned so far.

                Def. add the Dal Rae to this conversation though.

                Dal Rae
                9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                1. re: cls

                  I love Del Rae, but now you are bumping up against prices at places like CUT, etc., not quite, but close. At that same range I'd throw in Clearman's Steak 'n Stein too.

                  Clearman's Steak 'n Stein
                  9545 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                  1. re: cls

                    I love the Dal Rae, but it is definitely more expensive. The atmosphere, service is several steps ahead.

                    Dal Rae
                    9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                  2. re: wienermobile

                    add to wienermobiles reccomendation: if you're drinking wine, Houston's doesn't charge a corkage fee.

                  3. At what price point does it become "excessively expensive?" At Taylor's, for example, a New York strip checks in at just under $30, but IIRC that includes soup or salad, plus potato & vegetable. Now, that's a lot less money than Mastro's for example ($44, a la carte, though it's 16 oz. whereas I think you get around 12 at Taylor's). But it's more than a Sizzler.

                    Mastros Restaurant
                    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      There was a steakhouse downtown where the steaks were $75 a piece - AND you had to pay for your sides.

                      I do not believe it lasted long...

                      1. re: Jack Flash

                        Taylor's doesn't include soup or salad anymore, but just a nominal fee of about 2.50

                        1. re: paprkutr

                          Interesting that they chose to go that route, rather than raise the prices (or maybe instead of a larger price increase). Any idea how long that's been the case?

                          1. re: Jack Flash

                            I don't know exactly, but I know it's at least a year if not more.