Inexpensive Westside Steak Dinner
I'm looking for an inexpensive steak dinner on the westside. I've narrowed it down to the following:
Let me know which you think is best for a casual, but enjoyable steak dinner. Thanks!
I have been to each of these places numerous times. As noted, Buggy Whip is in no way inexpensive and Petrelli's is unfortunately poor these days. The Galley and Chez Jay are inconsistent, when they are on point they are very good but are prone to missteps in the kitchen. The Bull and Bill's are my choices from this list. Check out the daily specials at the Bull where they often are just discounting regular menu items that are already reasonable.
The Buggy Whip is not good and not inexpensive. Petrelli's is to be avoided. I just came back from City Tavern in Culver City. They have a NY steak for like $17 that looked pretty good. They do a great job with veggies. It's criminal what the Bugg Whip and Petrelli's do with veggies.
I wish Petrelli's was good because it's near the house. But I could not recommend it. The only thing I like there is the hamburger.
I haven't been there in a long time, but I used to like the steak at The Arsenal on Pico. But, it has been years since I was there.
Finally -- One other place to consider is Dear John's at the corner of Culver and Sepulveda. It's better than Petrelli's. Truly a neighborhood joint, sometimes I feel like the only people in there, walked there. (I just checked, DJ's only has one steak on the menu, plus prime rib, lamb chops and the like, Maybe not enough steak variety?)
Of the ones on your list, I've only been to Chez Jay and The Galley. Of the two I vastly prefer The Galley as I think Chez Jay has been coasting for quite some time. The last steak I had there was more gristle than meat and their "signature" banana potatoes are simply nasty.
The Galley, while not great and certainly a bit overpriced, is a fun time, especially after a cocktail or four.