where to get decent steak without breaking the bank?
Looking for a steak house that is not excessively expensive.
Mercado Buenos Aires - probably my favorite, but no wine or beer
7540 Sepulveda Blvd
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: http://www.chezjays.com/
1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mercado Buenos Aires
7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA
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.
16916 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406
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..!
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.
9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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.
2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362