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Feb 19, 2012 05:57 PM

Great steak for a decent price

My dad's 60th birthday is coming up and he is planning to come to Saint Paul to celebrate and asked me if I knew of a great place to get a steak for under $30. I am a vegetarian, so I am pretty clueless when it comes to steak and what is good. Any suggestions? We prefer to stay in Saint Paul/Minneapolis and menus that are vegetarian friendly are preferable.

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  1. If you weren't a vegetarian I would recommend Lindey's Prime Steak House in Arden Hills. For $29.85 you get the Lindey's Special Sirloin which comes with an iceberg lettuce salad, hashbrowns, garlic bread and pickled watermelon rinds. The place is unpretentious, the wait staff is stuck in a time warp and the dining area feels like you are at grandpa's cabin up north. It's a blast! The steak may not be the best in town, but it's a great steak for the price. Unfortunately the vegetarian options on the menu are very limited. Actually, they don't even have menus. They just stick a sign post in front of you when you sit down and the options are steak, steak, steak and shrimp.

    Since most steak houses aren't very vegetarian friendly and can quickly get expensive, I would maybe consider a place like Salut on Grand Avenue. They have four or five steak frites options in the $30 range. I've always had good meals at Salut. I'm sure your father would enjoy it and you would have more options.

    Good luck!

    1. this sounds like a job for mancinis, to me (i would call ahead to ask about off-menu veg options)

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      1. re: soupkitten

        well.... i think... less than thirty dollars?.... i think someone should buy him a more than thirty dollar steak......

        you can find both at the porterhouse. it is a great little steakhouse.

      2. I would second Porterhouse. Best steak house in town, especially for the money.

        Lindey's is fine, but the best part about the meal is probably the potatoes.

        Unfortunately, neither place is particularly veg friendly.

        1. How about Erte in NE Minneapolis? Steaks are under $30 and even come with soup or salad. (Good salads, too.) Other sides are a la carte. The menu is reasonably vegetarian-friendly for a steak-focused place.

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          1. re: Jordan

            That's my go to for a cheap steak as well.

            1. re: kevin47

              Another vote for Erte. I like Porterhouse as well but I recall it being more than $30. I must be wrong.

              I think Lindey's is pretty tacky and unless you eat shrimp, there are no vegatarian options.

          2. I'm sticking with St. Paul since you said "planning to come to Saint Paul". Two ideas, both of which would offer the upside of great vegetarian possibilities:

            The steak frites at Meritage is $25.50.
            The grilled hanger steak at Osteria i Nonni just across the river from St. Paul is $27.

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            1. re: MSPD

              If you are looking for St. Paul steak houses, here's the list:

              The Strip Club
              Bennett's Rail and ChopHouse

              All of them have websites with their menus and prices. Good luck.

              1. re: Db Cooper

                You forgot Kincaid's, Saint Paul Grill, The Lexington, and a host of others. Any specific tips, reasons for that particular list?

                BTW, the Strip Club is above the $30 range.

                1. re: MSPD

                  Try the St Paul College culinary school (Tues-Thurs). Three weeks ago I got a filet for $9. Try and beat that. Granted, these are students but it was still a good steak and easily worth significantly more.

                  1. re: MSPD

                    I don't really consider those restaurant's "steakhouses" exactly. My whole point was just listing out those that fall into the category of steakhouse. If it was me, I'd go with Mancini's of those four. As a total dining experience (food, service, atmosphere, history, etc), you can't beat what Pat and John do. Here's how I rank steakhouses in general

                    High-End: Manny's or Capital Grille both in Minneapolis. St. Paul has no equivalent. Note these are well over $30 per person so this is just to list, not recommend for this post.

                    Local History: Muarry's in Minneapolis or Mancini's in Saint Paul. Muarry's also well over $30 per person.

                    Budget: Erte in Minneapolis or Bennett's in Saint Paul

                    Best Steak not at a steakhouse: Meritage in Saint Paul or Butcher Block in Minneapolis.

                    When All Else Fails: The Best Steakhouse, specifically the one in the mall on the NE corner of Larpenteur and Rice Street. Chief, as the owner is known, makes a mean steak and for under $10, you can get a salad, steak, baked potato, Texas toast, and a Pepsi.

                    1. re: Db Cooper

                      Ah. I think what threw me off is that the original poster didn't say anthing about "steakhouse". Just wanting a great steak under $30.