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Steak Tips

Looking for a place to take a 19 year old who loves steak tips. Her favorite tips are served at the Black Cow in Newburyport, but I'm looking for something closer to Boston (or in Boston). I'm a non-meat eater so looking for some help. Thanks.

Black Cow
54 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950

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          1. re: pinehurst

            its seedy though....know that going in.....but AMAZING food.....

            1. re: umami76

              If you think Newbridge is seedy, you've lived a sheltered life.

              1. re: Gabatta

                I agree. It's so not seedy. It's just old school.

    1. NewBridge... not sure if there is any Non meat items- they have a great house salad!

      NewBridge Cafe
      650 Washington Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150

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      1. re: MeffaBabe

        I haven't been in a while but really liked New Bridge. I think I remember clams on the 1/2 shell and turkey tips. Either way, another vote for Newbridge.

        1. re: MeffaBabe

          IIR lots of pasta dishes plus large salads

        2. New Bridge, remember it's no more than an upolstered sewer but, the tips, salad etc. are excellent. Also, cash only. Water Front Cafe are also good.

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          1. re: treb

            I had the steak tips at Water Front Cafe this weekend and thought they were grea. Good pizza and the guy who had the burger enjoyed it.

            I've been in many times but have never eaten there.

            Definitely eat there again.

          2. Sadies in Waltham is excellent as well. They have some salads, etc on the menu.

            1. Anyplace in Cambridge/Somerville worth mentioning for tips? I enjoyed them at Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington, for one...

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              1. re: Boston_Otter

                This is second hand information but I understand the tips at The Riverside (Cambridge) are delicious. Good char and you can get them on top of a salad if you like. Has anyone else had em?

                I would not recommend the tips at the Paddock, although they used to be a claim to fame. The marinade is way too sweet and the cooking is uneven.

                1. re: yumyum

                  That was prolly me pluggin Da Riv. Seems to be my own special little monologue (for better or worse).

                  Not sure where they fall in the pantheon of tiplets, though I'm sure hiddenboston would know precisely.

                  I get them there because that happens to be my local subshop, though I'd hafta imagine they're in the upper echelon regardless. 100% of the time these plump nuggs have a crispy-char and are cooked juicy red. There is a telltale caramel-like subtle sweet note lurking in the background, but they're by no means sweet. I usually get them over a basic Greek salad, occasionally as a sub, but it's also available in plate form with sides. It's scrummy.

                  1. re: Nab

                    As a once every three months or so lapsing pescatarian who works in the area, that does sounds positively scrummy. Especially if there is some cheap house red to accompany said salad.

                    That place intrigues me.

                    1. re: digga

                      As a pesco you should check out their fish & chips ! I have only been in very close proximity to them and they look and smell right (for the Greek style). The chips, OTOH, are not only Sysco but un-salted Sysco, for shame. The fried clams I've seen looked like over-breaded strips but I can't be sure.

                      Ah hell, meet me over there for a meatfest and a few house reds. :)

                      1. re: Nab

                        I think I could manage to do that post-work one of these days!

                2. re: Boston_Otter

                  Eastside Bar and Grille on Cambridge Street, not far from the Lechmere Station and Inman Square is pretty famous for steak tips. Great atmosphere and even non-meat eaters will be well taken care of.

                3. Newbridge is your place. Salad is the best. Atmosphere is a 3, tips and salad are a 9.

                  Had lunch there today because I saw this thread yesterday. I hadn't been in about a year and I was due. Started with 6 cherrystones. Then had tips med rare, fries, which are actually more like wedges, and a salad. Just delicious.

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                  1. re: hhookk

                    New Bridge is not a dive by any means. Not fancy; just plain Jane.

                    I like the tips but hate the salad.

                    1. re: hhookk

                      OK, a NewBridge question from someone planning on making the trek. On the Menu section of the website, they picture a plate of luscious, shiny-red, charred tips of some sort. Are those the beef tips, or the pork? Or turkey? Whatever they are, I want them in my tummy pronto.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        Those are probably the country style pork ribs, which I like to go with in a combo with the steak tips from time to time.

                        I would also recommend an antipasto if there are more than one of you (its basically the salad with italian meat draped over it, the small is huge!)

                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                          Agree with ebone, they're country style pork ribs, excellent.

                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                            I think they're turkey tips based on the turkey tips picture on the menu (same thing).

                        2. Doesn't New Bridge in Chelsea qualify as a serious dive and/or dive bar?
                          Is that really where you want to send a mother and her 19-year-old daughter? I know we try to take the chow credo to heart, but I would respectfully suggest a Plan B or C.

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                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            It's divey but, in a 'it has character way'. I'd have no reservations sending mom & daughter, I mean the staff can be abrupt in a Durgin Park kinda way but, they don't bite and it is quite chow worthy, even the turkey tips.

                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                              I'd say Newbridge is more of a family place patronized by all types. I would have absolutely no problem sending a mother and daughter in there. If there are seats open we generally eat at the bar. Staff and patrons are quite welcoming.

                              Newbridge isnt upscale, but in no way does that make it a seedy dive.

                              1. re: Gabatta

                                Thanks Bob for your gentlemanly concern! This isn't a mom/daughter date. She's a kid I've been mentoring for about 5 years. She'll be fine - as long as these tips are as good as their rep (though I must admit I've always heard good things about New Bridge - just have never been).

                                And thank you everyone else for the suggestions. I'll let you know how the darling likes her tips!

                                1. re: Gabatta

                                  Happy to be set straight on Newbridge.

                                2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                  Are you kidding? New Bridge is actually more "upscale" now than when I started going there back in the 80's but it's still a neighborhood place. More a "joint" than a "dive".

                                  1. re: mtm7654

                                    local joint, dive, hey they may have put some new naugahyde on the chairs and booths but it still has that local character that I enjoy, I hope not to use 'upscale' on the newbridge it'll take away all that's good about it. BTW - when I first started going there, you could order everything on the whole menu for around $20.

                                  2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                    Not a dive in a bad way. Colorful and full of character. I have never had any problem feeling safe bringing my wife and kids there. It's a residential working class neighborhood. Walking in the door is like going back to 1975. At least thats probably the last time the decor was updated. Bottom line--- It's a cool, old school place, with awesome tips.

                                  3. A vote for the steak tips at JJ Foley's on E. Berkeley. The garlic chicken wings are pretty awesome too!

                                    1. The lamb tips at the New Bridge are also amazing - served with a minty/garlicky marinade. Fantastic as are the steak tips.

                                      1. My office is a constantly seeking out the best lunch steak tip sub.

                                        Hands down our winner is Bob's in Medford.

                                        1. If you want a real "dive," drive down the street (toward Everett) to a bar called The Line and have an after dinner shot and beer.

                                          Love the place.

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                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                            Love The Line. One of the best cheesesteak subs around. (Haven't been in a few years though.) Definitely a dive, but definitely love it too. Lots of good memories there.

                                          2. I just had steak tips at Casey's Tavern on Braodway in Somerville. I prefered these to New Bridge.