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Mar 2, 2012 06:07 AM

Steakhouses - Stop asking me to cut into my steak as soon as it arrives!

This just annoys the heck out of me. Steak needs to sit for a while to get the best flavor. However, many steakhouse servers ask you to cut into it right away. I know they want to make sure it's done right, but it's really not good for the overall flavor of the meat.

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  1. Really? Which ones do that?

    I know Peter Luger precuts your steak, but that's entirely a different thread ..

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      A number of the chains have starting doing this. Texas Roadhouse, Hoss's, and a few others all ask as soon as the steak is delivered.

      I can't afford to eat in really fancy steakhouses, so I bet they don't do this.

      1. re: danbuter

        Hmm. Never been to any of those (Texas Roadhouse, Hoss, etc.).

        I'm curious, what do they do when you decline their request to cut into the steak the moment it's served at the table? Refuse to take it back later if it's not cooked right?

        1. re: danbuter

          This must happen at restaurants with someone inexperienced is at the grill station. The servers are obviously trying to make sure the steak is right before leaving the table so that it can be corrected promptly. I ate a steak at a Texas Roadhouse 2 weeks ago tonight abd I was not asked to immediately cut into my steak. It was a tiny bit over medium rare but was close enough for me. There was a thread once about how to order steaks but I don't remember much about it. I usually order seafood when dining out.

      2. Just my humble, but I would expect a steak to have been properly rested before it leaves the kitchen. I don't want to sit and wait to rest a steak at the table and have the rest of my meal go cold.

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        1. re: SpareRib

          At Hoss's, you generally have your meal out within 15 minutes of ordering. I usually haven't even finished my salad before they're setting it out.

          1. re: SpareRib

            I suspect this is done only at the high-end chop houses.

            1. re: SpareRib

              Just out of curiosity, what's your idea of a properly rested steak? When a restaurant completes a table order, the steak comes off the fire, the presentation is completed on the plate, it goes into the window andthen the tables order is completed and it is brought to the table. I venture to estimate that's usually a 4-5 minute period.

              1. re: fourunder

                In my kitchen I won't touch a steak before 10 minutes off-the-grill - longer if it's extra-thick. I don't really order steak when I go out to eat, so I'm probably naive to think that the kitchen would factor this in when firing the food for a particular table. Frankly, I'm a little horrified that you would take a steak off the grill and put it onto a serving plate with the sides before it's rested.

            2. Not high end at all but even my local pub grub spot asks this of me with a hamburger! Recently was asked to cut into a burger at Chili's even!

              1. Most people start consuming their food as soon as it arrives. One of the most common complaints about a steak is that it's not done to the diner's preferred temperature (whether or not it's actually correct as ordered is a whole 'nother thread), so the server HAS to come by fairly quickly after the food is delivered to make sure that it looks ok. The last thing they want is someone complaining that they had to wait 5 minutes for the server while everyone's food got cold and they coudln't eat a steak that wasnt' to the temp they wanted. I really see this as a first world problem and a personal preference. If you want to rest your steak longer than what the restaurant rests it for, you still have to make sure it was delivered at the proper temperature. Would you rather it sit there and rest and get cold for a few minutes and THEN cut into it to find it's not the right temp?

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                1. re: rockandroller1

                  It's definitely to make sure it's done to the diner's satisfaction, so they can fix it right away if it's not.

                2. Just make a show of giving the steak the touch test, comparing it to your clenched fist.

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                  1. re: paulj

                    This is a very good tip, both simple and practical and very easy....however, I bet the thought of doing so will repulse many here on CH. I'm going to give your suggestion a try the next time I order a burger or steak out myself. Thanks.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      why would that repulse anyone? I'd be more of the mind that the server wouldn't get what you're doing... This would solve the 'not letting the steak rest' dilemma, though. I like it. I do it when I cook steak at home, but wouldn't have thought of doing it at a restaurant.

                      1. re: kubasd

                        why would that repulse anyone?

                        Because many here believe when they spend their precious dollars out, everything should be perfect and ......God forbid, they should have to lift a finger.....literally.

                    2. re: paulj

                      ...or carry an instant-read thermometer in your pocket.

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        Wouldn't work if the steak has sat for a bit, though, which is pretty common; it could be totally overcooked but the internal temp has had time to drop into the "rare" range and you wouldn't know until you cut into it.