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Jul 23, 2012 01:40 PM

Pittsburgh Blue or Manny's?

Looking for a special occasion steak house. Isn't Mannys and PB in the same restaraunt family and therfore have similar quality? PB would be more convenient as the Galleria location is closer to me in the western suburbs.

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  1. Yes, they are both owned by Parasole.

    I'm pretty sure both sell Prime cuts. However, I think Manny's ages their steak longer. You also get bigger portions at Manny's so you are going to pay for it too. If it's special, I'd recommend Manny's. But I should also tell you I'm not a fan of suburban dining places so that would factor into my decision too.

    Manny's is in the top-tier of Twin Cities steakhouses. PB sits in the group below. Manny's is great, PB is good. Hope you have a great night.

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    1. re: Db Cooper

      I love Manny's but it's nice to be able to drive up and park. My go to's have always been Manny's/Murray's...Am I missing any other great Steak houses?

      1. re: kriminalrat

        I think I've posted this before, but here's my list of steakhouses. I should note here before we get going that there are a number of great restaurants in the Twin Cities that serve steak, but aren't technically a steak house. For the purpose of this list, I'm trying to keep it more directly to the steakhouse theme itself:

        The Best: Manny's or The Capital Grille in Minneapolis. The Strip Club in Saint Paul. Manny's Bone-In Ribeye is, for my dining dollar, the best cut of meat in town.

        History: Murray's in Minneapolis and Mancini's in Saint Paul. Lindey's in Arden Hills.

        Bang For the Buck: JD Hoyt's (killer pork chops) or Erte in Minneapolis. Bennett's Rail and Chop House in Saint Paul.

        Others of Note: Kincaid's (great late night HH deals), Ruth Chris, The Butcher Block, Porterhouse, Pittsburgh Blue, Gianni's

        1. re: Db Cooper

          In reviewing this list, I should note that I struggled with Jax Cafe as I am never sure if they consider themselves a steakhouse. I think of them more for seafood like Nicollet Island Inn with the catch your own trout stream. If you include them, I'd put them in the historical category. They do make a pretty good steak at a fair value and their patio remains one of the Twin Cities benchmarks against which all others are judged.

    2. Perhaps it was just bad luck and I showed up on a very off night, but I was underimpressed with Pittsburgh Blue. I thought the steaks were decidedly average - no better than Texas Roadhouse, honestly, though they cost a lot more. The sides were unimpressive as well. The creamed spinach was especially bad - the cream part had the consistency of mucus. It jiggled!

      As I said, I might have caught them on a really bad night, but in my opinion at that price point, you don't get to have truly *bad* nights.

      1. Manny's is more expensive, but arguably worth it. Pittsburgh Blue just seems overpriced. Personally, I'd go to Strip Club.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          A note on The Strip Club: Their meats are grass-fed. This tastes different than most of the other steaks you'll get in this town which are usually finished with corn. Some people like it, some people don't care for it. I do know that almost everyone I've talked to about it can definitely taste the difference, even younger children. I'm not advocating for one method over the other as I enjoy both, but just trying to make folks aware before they go.

          1. re: Db Cooper

            Manny's steaks are not prime, but are delicious nontheless. I've been disappointed in Pittsburgh Blue. In fact, I think they are overpriced for what you get. Also, I've never heard anything good about their Edina venue.

            I personally think Ruths Chris does a nice job in town.

            1. re: mnfoodie1

              For all of our education, how do you know that Manny's steaks are not prime? I don't find any references on their website. In my early 20s I ate the double-porterhouse and with that memory still etched in my mind, I probably couldn't care if it was prime or was flat out good.

              Either way it would be interesting to know the grade.

              1. re: GutGrease

                I once heard that their steaks are not prime...not sure where (I must have read it somewhere?). So, when I was there for dinner one time I asked our server who informed me that their steaks are in fact not prime. I was surprised especially for the prices they charge. Again, their steaks are delicious.

                It's interesting because a lot of places you think would sell prime cuts of steak do not e.g. Lunds/Byerlys for the most part do not sell prime steaks. I was surprised the Jerry's Foods in Edina and Eden Prairie sell prime beef though. Jerry's is kind of a hidden gem.

              2. re: mnfoodie1

                FWIW, I've always been told by people who work in the local steakhouse circuit that the steaks Manny's and PB get are exactly the same. And they are not USDA Prime but "Manny's Prime."

                We prefer Strip Club or Ruth Chris if not grilling at home.

                1. re: NordeastB

                  The reason supermarkets don't get alot of prime is that they are reserved mostly for Restaurants. That said, I'm very surprised that Manny's doesn't get USDA Prime especially considering the price tag attached. I have also heard that PB and Manny's use the same supplier...I wonder if the more marbled cuts go to Manny's though, this wouldn't surprise me.

                  1. re: kriminalrat

                    It may be that they use the same supplier, and that more of the difference lies in what happens after each restaurant takes delivery -- longer vs. shorter aging, wet vs. dry, how the portions are cut & trimmed, whether the kitchen staff have been at it since time immemorial?

                    1. re: kriminalrat

                      The same supplier can also supply a variety of grades, brands(yes, brands all with their own "grades") and I would bet my first and second born children that manny's does not use usda prime beef. I think they use Creekstone premium(similar to Kowalski's Natural) Ruth Chris' doesn't even serve a prime tender anymore, its too expensive, even when you pay around $50, I would expect a branded but high end choice. Anywhere in this market at whatever price.

                    2. re: NordeastB

                      I remember reading once that Manny's gets its meat directly from a farm in the central Midwest, like Missouri. I think it still has something about it on their website but my computer isn't working great today so I can't check