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where to get decent steak without breaking the bank?

bgwells Aug 31, 2011 12:54 PM

Looking for a steak house that is not excessively expensive.

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    estone888 RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 01:11 PM

    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: http://www.chezjays.com/

    Chez Jay
    1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Mercado Buenos Aires
    7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

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      mc michael RE: estone888 Aug 31, 2011 01:20 PM

      Damon's is in Glendale.

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        sdv231 RE: estone888 Aug 31, 2011 01:21 PM

        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

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          estone888 RE: sdv231 Aug 31, 2011 02:48 PM

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

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          samtron608 RE: estone888 Aug 31, 2011 01:23 PM

          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. Servorg RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 01:24 PM

          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

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            susiequeue RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 02:00 PM

            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. wienermobile RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 02:10 PM

              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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                cls RE: wienermobile Aug 31, 2011 09:05 PM

                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

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                  scottca075 RE: cls Sep 1, 2011 07:04 AM

                  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

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                    paprkutr RE: cls Sep 1, 2011 08:04 AM

                    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

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                    westsidegal RE: wienermobile Sep 1, 2011 01:20 PM

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

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                    Jack Flash RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 02:57 PM

                    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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                      happybaker RE: Jack Flash Aug 31, 2011 03:25 PM

                      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...

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                        paprkutr RE: Jack Flash Aug 31, 2011 03:31 PM

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

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                          Jack Flash RE: paprkutr Aug 31, 2011 05:11 PM

                          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?

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                            paprkutr RE: Jack Flash Sep 1, 2011 08:03 AM

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

                      2. scottca075 RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 09:00 PM

                        Taylor's Steakhouse. I love the Koreatown location, but La Canada Flintridge is great as well.

                        Gary Bric's Ramp in Burbank does a nice job too, for what it is.

                        Gary Bric's Ramp
                        7730 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

                        Taylor's Steakhouse
                        901 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, CA 91011

                        1. ipsedixit RE: bgwells Aug 31, 2011 09:04 PM

                          Carlitos Gardel.

                          Carlitos Gardel
                          7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                            chowservice RE: ipsedixit Sep 6, 2011 01:44 PM

                            I second that motion.

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                            Ernie RE: bgwells Sep 1, 2011 11:55 AM

                            If you are near the eastern San Gabriel Valley, Pinnacle Peak in San Dimas make a decent steak for reasonable price

                            Pinnacle Peak
                            269 W Foothill Blvd, San Dimas, CA 91773

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                              allyoucanet RE: Ernie Sep 1, 2011 03:15 PM

                              Don't let Taylor's exterior scare you away.

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                                samtron608 RE: allyoucanet Sep 1, 2011 04:36 PM

                                absolutely not! once you walk in you feel like you just walked into the set of "mad men". 60's feel all over it.

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