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May 4, 2012 12:19 AM


In the city of Los Angeles, what restaurant has great prime rib at a reasonable price?

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  1. What is a "reasonable price" to you? Everyone has a different calibration when it comes to value vs price. The best prime rib as far as I am concerned is at Lawry's. Here is my review from last year:

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      1. re: wienermobile

        After eating all that meat, how did you have room for a Sundae?

        1. re: merlin4445

          Like Joey Tribiani on the Thanksgiving episode of Friends, when he tried to eat the whole turkey by himself, I made sure to wear my "maternity" pants to dinner that night... ;-D>

      2. re: Servorg

        Depending on the cut of prime rib, Lawry's charges $35 - $53. Tam O'Shanter, owned by the same company, charges $$27 - $37. I'd rather go to Tam O'Shanter.

      3. Morton's (Friday nights).

        1. Lawrys is consistent and the dinner includes an excellent salad, mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding. Their baked potatoes are delicious as well as the mushrooms. While it is not inexpensive it is fairly priced. Lawrys is a bit touristy and a bit of a production but it's an enjoyable evening. Bandera in West L A has excellent prime rib.

          1. ok, don't laugh now, but Tasty Garden in Monterey Park. Thick cut of medium rare rib roast for only 16.95. comes w/ 2 sides and spaghetti. lol.

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            1. re: hppzz

              I'm not laughing, but is this a joke? When I Google "Tasty Garden" I come up with Chinese restaurants, one in Alhambra and another in Monterey Park. I'm afraid that the website under that name appears like a lure to download malicious stuff. The Yelp reviews (sorry) for either do not include website links or menus.

              Your Chowhound profile page lists lots of posts, centered in the SGV, so you very well may know what you are talking about. More info please. It is difficult to envision a busy Chinese kitchen with cleavers chopping and woks flaming, with a big roast of prime rib slow cooking in some oven to the side.

                  1. re: nosh

                    No not a joke, it's hong kong style cafeteria restaurant and has select western dishes. It's not the greatest but good for the price and value IMHO.

                    1. re: hppzz

                      I haven't been there, but based on my knowledge of the way Chinese people tend to eat their steak (cooked all the way through to shoe leather consistency) it's hard for me to believe it would taste very good. Prime rib, after all, should be bloody to medium rare.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        In general, I would say prime rib is sometimes good, most of the time not, but way better than a steak at a HK cafe. The center will be bloody to medium most of the time if ordered that way. It is the sauce or a jus used that makes or breaks it at these types of places.

                1. Late last year, I happened to have prime rib at three locations, Lawry's, Houston's in El Segundo and the Wood Ranch in Camarillo. The surprising winner was Wood Ranch, although Houston's was very good as well. Lawry's was the biggest disapointment to me especially for the high price.

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                  1. re: Ogawak

                    According to the corporate website: Bandera's (Brentwood) -- prime rib w/ mashed potatoes, $33. Houston's (or is it Hillstone's? 202 Santa Monica Blvd.) -- prime rib w/ french fries, $33. Neither mentions the size of the cut.

                    1. re: nosh

                      if the OP plans to have wine with the prime rib, Houston's/Hillstone's might be the best bet financially presuming they still offer free corkage.

                    2. re: Ogawak

                      Not to be anal about this, but neither Wood Ranch nor Houston's in El Segundo are in "the city of Los Angeles" per the OP.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        While Ogawak ate the Camarillo location of Wood Ranch, Wood Ranch does have a Los Angeles location at The Grove.

                        1. re: Norm Man

                          Thanks, Norm Man. Though I ate at the Wood Ranch Camarillo and Houston's El Segundo, both have LA locations. But the Tam O'Shanter sounds like a great idea. Hot fudge sundae? I'm there.