Steakhouse with the family
Looking for a decent steakhouse with the family (wife, parents, in-laws and our 2 year old). While I would love to go to Jacobs, I don't want to destroy the bank account, so I am thinking something like the Keg downtown. Are there any decent places to get a steak in Toronto that are suitable for my crowd?
I am not against the Keg, or other "chain style" restos, so let me know any recommendations. It just seems the only place to grab a steak at a reasonable price is at these chain places...
I know a lot of families still go to the Steak Pit. Avenue and Lawrence. reasonable prices, old school vibe. I can't comment on the steak as I haven't been in several years.
Steak Pit Restaurant
1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA
I'd also consider a place like Senior's. If you want to save a little money, the more casual, first floor diner-style restaurant below the more formal part of Senior's offers an early bird steak special, but this part of the restaurant closes by 8 pm.
Also, although it's not a steakhouse, I really liked my last ribeye at Globe Earth. I preferred Earth's ribeye to any steak I've ordered at the Keg, Earth only offers two cuts- ribeye and tenderloin, and sells their steaks by the ounce, so you can choose a smaller or larger cut. Side dishes are a la carte..
the local butcher - by the ounce
dry-aged wellington county beef
Roughly the same price point as the Keg, if you stick to the steaks, and order a few sides for the table.
1397 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y4, CA
1055 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA
Frankly I've never been impressed by The Keg. Price to quality ratio is poor. I actually liked Outback better than The Keg when they were still here. If you're willing to pay Keg prices you might as well step up to Ruth's Chris and get even better product for not much more.
I know it has its haters but I find Canyon Creek does a better job. Avoid their Scarborough location which is probably the weakest link in the chain.
I agree. The lower-end steak chains leave much to be desired. Spend a little extra and go to one of the better chains - Ruth Chris, Morton's, etc - if at all possible. You can view their menus online as well. My impression is also that Morton's will be substantially more expensive than Ruth Chris - and given, Ruth Chris' steaks are a little beefy - but they do serve a purpose. They also drown them in buttery goodness. Arg. I think I just talked myself in to a streak tonight.
Curious- how does the steak at an economy-minded independent like the Tulip compare to the steak at the Keg?
Here are the current steak prices at the Tulip, according to their online menu:
Steaks and Chops
All Steaks and Chops are served with tossed salad & your choice of mashed potatoes, french fries or home fries.* Split dinner with potato, vegetables and bread $ 5.75 extra per person
Beef Tenderloin ........ 8oz $22.50 .. 12oz $30.95 .. 14oz Club Cut .. $34.95
Porter House Steak ......................................(22oz - 24oz) $32.95
T-Bone Steak ............................................(20oz - 22oz) $30.95
Certified Black Angus® N.Y. Cut ......... 10oz .. $25.95 ..... 12oz .. $27.95
Small Top Sirloin ............................................... 12oz $19.95
1610 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1G2, CA
Not certain - I've never been to Tulip - it is on my list of destinations, however. Thanks for reminding me. With that said, I'm 99% certain I'd personally like the streak at Tulip much better than one of the aformentioned chains - however, my impression, right or wrong, is that it's not a very nicely decorated place - more of a 'diner' than a 'restaurant', per se - not somewhere you'd want to bring a family, perhaps a place almost solely dedicated to foodies and/or passers-by/regular customers... my impression is that if I had to choose (while dining with the 'fam), I'd go to the Keg/Canyon creek before I'd go to Tulip, although I would go to Tulip before the Keg or Canyon Creek, myself - but if I were willing to spend a little extra, without spending too much, I'd go to Ruth Chris.
I found this old thread where some Hounds weighed in on the topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/388876
Understand Tulip fries their steak on a griddle, rather than grilling it. I've always wanted to try Tulip, too, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
I'm not a fan of the food at the current Keg, which has usually been the York Street location, for me. Liked other Keg locations a lot in the mid-90s, but my tastes have changed and/or their product has changed.
Does it need to be downtown or in the city core? If not, we have had good experiences at a little place called the Blackhorn, located at Ellesmere and Warden. It's been around for a long time and is pretty traditional/old world in it's decor, but we have really liked their steak dinners (as well as other choices). We took our extended family there a few years ago to celebrate a special occasion and all enjoyed their meals.