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Best Steakhouse in L.A.?

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What is the best steakhouse in greater Los Angeles? I've read a lot of good things about Mastro's, Ruth's Chris, Arnie Morton's, Lawry's, and Jar on this site and other places. But which has the very best steak? Also, forgive my ignorance, but is Morton's in any way related to the Arnie Morton's chain?

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  1. IIRC, the morton's are related. i believe the son runs the standalone steakhouse whereas the dad runs the chain.

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      1. Ruth's Chris.

        It's better with butter.

        Broccoli au gratin on the side...mmm...

        Link: http://clippertalk.blogspot.com

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        1. re: jcwla

          but served on a room temperature plate.

          1. re: jcwla

            I've never understood butter with steak.

            If you've got good quality dry-aged meat, don't need no stinkin butter.

            1. re: ipse dixit

              You're right...at RC's I always say "no butter"....kind of disgusting looking at that steak floating in a pool of butter.

              1. re: K

                Too bad... while the taste and appearance of the overcooked butter is merely an oleagenous put off, the odor of denatured butter is truly nauseating. Try telling the tables around you to order with no butter.

            2. re: jcwla

              For me the problem with Ruth's Chris is not the butter, it is using those infernal machines instead of grilling over wood or charcoal. I want a bit of a char crust on my steak, with the cut thick enough and the cook skilled enough to keep the interior a true medium rare and not either cooked past a reddish pink to medium or left to the raw side of rare. And IMO several places have more interesting and better executed sides.

            3. t
              the word girl

              Mastro's, Mastro's, Mastro's.

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              1. re: the word girl

                Agree wholeheartedly with Mastro's.

              2. IMHO Mastro's is the best, and I love love love the hot plates. I HATE Morton's, I have had several horrid steaks there. Other places to try for the fun of it:

                taylor's on 8th near downtown (when slumming a bit, but I love it)

                musso & frank's (when you are feeling hollywood)

                Boa (on a sunday their wine list is half off, and the steak isn't bad either)

                Nick & Stef's (uptown in downtown)

                But again, Mastro's steak is the best of all.

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                1. re: hellolizzie

                  I'm going to add my vote for Mastro's!

                2. b
                  BAsh Brother

                  I have been to Jar, Ruth's, and Mortons.

                  Jar is probably the best overall restaurant of those 3, but I don't consider it a steakhouse, unless the menu has changed since I have been there. I went with a group of 4 and none of us ordered steak.

                  As far as steak is concerned I am a huge fan of Ruth's Chris. My favorite steakhouse for sure. But, I have never been to Mastros and I have heard a ton of good things so I will be trying it soon.

                  Mortons is simply overratted. I have been twice and would only go back if the prices were cut in half. Not that it is very expensive, just that it is only worth about half of what it costs.

                  All just my opinion.

                  1. IMO Morton's doesn't belong in a discussion of the best steak in LA. Its not even close to the best.
                    My vote goes to Boa.

                    1. BOA(Santa Monica only)
                      North Woods Inn