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Boulder, CO Steakhouse

Hi - I'm looking to take my boyfriend to a steakhouse for his birthday. I found Boulder Cork and Boulder Chophouse. Which is better? Any other recs for a tradional steakhouse? Thank you!!!

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  1. I don't have much experience with either, but AFAIK those are the only true "steakhouses" in Boulder. The Cork is a local institution, and the Chophouse is, I think, a chain, if that matters to you. I only ate at the Cork once, for a catered group event lunch, but it was quite good. Have only had happy hour apps at the Chophouse, which were ok.

    Just remembered that Ted's Montana Grill recently opened, also a chain of course, don't know much about it.

    1. I'm not a big steakhouse guy myself, but my impression is that while the Cork and Boulder Chophouse are OK, there are better options in Denver that would be worth the half-hour drive. Not really surprising, as Boulder is more of a "farm to table" and vegetarian-friendly town and probably wouldn't really support a really high-end traditional steakhouse. In Denver, Elway's Cherry Creek is supposed to be excellent, as are Colt & Grey and Edge. I'm sure there are others as well.

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      1. re: monopod

        I've never been, but I'm pretty sure that Colt & Gray isn't a steakhouse.

        1. re: LurkerDan

          You're right, my mistake. I thought the writeup in 5280's list of best restaurants for 2011 said that it was a steakhouse, but it doesn't. It says it has a "clubby British feel," which I guess in my mind I associated with a steakhouse. But I stand corrected.

        2. re: monopod

          The Pearl Street Steak Room is a (fairly) new venture by the owners of Sushi Tora and Tahona Tequila Bistro. I haven't been there yet, but I do know that their other two restaurants are well regarded and popular.

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          Sushi Tora
          2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

          Tahona Tequila Bistro
          Boulder, CO, Boulder, CO

          1. re: ClaireWalter

            Oh, wow, I had no idea that Tahona and Sushi Tora were related. I enjoy both although I haven't been to Tahona in quite some time.

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            Sushi Tora
            2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

            Tahona
            1035 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

            1. re: RobynS

              Just to clarify, Sushi Tora was not always owned by those people. I don't recall if they bought Tora before or after opening Tahona, but the original owners of Tora are in no way connected to Tahona.

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              Sushi Tora
              2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

              Tahona
              1035 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

              1. re: LurkerDan

                LurkerDan - I knew that the current owners (Mara and Peter Soutiere) bought Sushi Tora from the originals, who now have a sushi restaurant in Longmont. Just got back from New Zealand & brain is too foggy to remember which one, however.

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                Sushi Tora
                2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

            2. re: ClaireWalter

              Pearl Street Steak Room? Never heard of it (and I try to keep abreast of these things). Is it open? Has anyone been? Any idea if they do lunch? I'm intrigued...

              1. re: monopod

                I went by this morning and a sign indicates that it still hasn't opened. It is going into space behind Tahona. No opening date but a website listed on the sign. I thought it was pearlstreetsteakhouse.com, but that leads nowhere. I'll look more carefully tomorrow, and maybe my brain will be sufficiently defogged to pay attention.

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                Tahona
                1035 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

                1. re: ClaireWalter

                  I found the website, www.pearlstreetsteakroom.com, but it's just a placeholder site. I signed up for the email list, so hopefully they'll send out notice when they open. I like the idea, as long as they don't shoot for Peter Luger-style prices.

                  1. re: monopod

                    The sign says they're opening on Nov 25. So we'll see.

              2. re: ClaireWalter

                I just received an email from the Pearl Street Steak Room owners with what looks like a sample menu. Starters include steak tartare, crabcakes, and chicken-fried sweetbreads (mmm, sweetbreads). The steaks are all served a la carte and range from $44 for an 8-oz filet, up to $89 for a 32-oz bone-in waygu "tomahawk" (basically, a giant very marbled bone-in ribeye). There's also a chicken dish and a risotto. Sides look fairly standard for a steakhouse (potatoes, mac and cheese, brussels sprouts, creamed greens) and add around $8 each.

                It'll be interesting to see if this concept flies in Boulder. The prices seem in line with high-end steakhouses elsewhere, but higher than Boulderites may be used to for this kind of thing. (I'm sure they'll get a lot of "$50 for a steak and it doesn't even come with a side!?!?" comments.) Hopefully someone will want to take me to dinner there someday... if it's really good, this would definitely fill a gap in the Boulder dining scene.

                1. re: monopod

                  Yeah, that prices me right out of their market although I'm sure I'm not their target market. It will be interesting to see if they are successful in a place that seems to have a high percentage of vegetarian/vegan eaters.

                  1. re: RobynS

                    I don't think Boulder has near the percentage of vegetarian/vegan eaters that would threaten the success of a place like this (though I do note that they -- like any Boulder restaurant that wants to survive -- offers a veggie option). I think the real problem is the price point. When a place like L'Atelier seems really inexpensive compared to this, I just don't see them attracting enough business.

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                    L'Atelier
                    1739 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

                    1. re: LurkerDan

                      Well, I haven't seen their menu since their website requires me to give an email address in order to view it I had no idea what kind of veggie options (other than eating a bunch of sides) they had. Where I think the veggie issue comes in is a group that wants to go and has a lone veggie then they may choose to go to a place with more options.

                      1. re: RobynS

                        They have a risotto as the only veggie main course, and it's not actually clear if it's vegetarian or not (risotto typically uses meat stock, though not always). No vegetarian starters, but all of the soups and salads could potentially be veggie. I think if you call yourself "Pearl Street Steak Room," though, you're not exactly courting the vegetarian market, so presumably their marketing plan assumes that groups including a vegetarian are probably not headed their way.

                2. re: ClaireWalter

                  I just stopped by the Pearl Street Steak Room to look at the menus. Looks like they're open now. Interestingly, they have a happy hour, 4:30 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, which has some reasonably-priced options - $7 lobster roll (on a "mini brioche" so probably very small), $7 burger, $5 soups, some fried things, etc. Seems like a good way to check out whether the food appears capable of justifying the pricing on the regular menu.

              3. Thank you - I think I am going to try Boulder Cork.

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                Boulder Cork
                3295 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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                1. re: AnnaMB1

                  Good luck! If you can, try to post a follow-up here to let us know how the food is. A lot of folks probably haven't been to the Cork in a long time and would love to hear a recent opinion.