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best steak for the dollar

I have reviewed a couple of steak threads on the MSP board but have found no clear cut "winner" among the recs. DD, who rarely eats meat, is coming to visit and would like to go out for steak. We will go anywhere in the metro (steakhouse OR not steakhouse) that has terrific steak for a decent price (which I am going to define here as less than $30.00 per person).

I have ruled out Strip Club because it's grass fed and I am nervous about the taste not quite "matching" what we expect. (Yea, I know grass fed is better in many ways but it's not my pick for this outing.)

Other threads have suggested (in our price range):
Mancini's
Porterhouse
Erte
Bennett's
Meritage

Is one of these clearly the best choice in terms of best steak for the dollar? Is there one I've not listed that would be better?

Thanks, all.

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  1. i can not say which is the best but my favorite is the "black and bleu" ribeye at the Porterhouse it costs 29.95 in the eighteen ounce version and a bit more for the twentyfour...

    1. I would try the steak frites at Cafe Barbette. The steak is really, really good, and the frites are the best in town. The flatiron is $25, the NY strip is $38.

      Also might consider grilling at home. I got bone-in ribeye's from Widmer's in Saint Paul this weekend for a party. They age their beef in-house, and will cut to order. Cooked them on my charcoal grill. Easily better than 95% of the restaurant steaks anywhere. Widmer's beef is the best, and very reasonably priced.

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      1. re: Michael Florey

        Another thumbs up for Barbette. I might be biased since it's within walking distance of where I live, but it's a great restaurant and, to my taste anyway, has the best fries in town. Your daughter will be able to find something that she'll like there as well.

        1. re: Michael Florey

          Agree. Widmer's is the best butcher shop in the area IMO. Far better than Von Hanson's, Byerly's and Lund's

        2. I"m going to echo both of Michael's recommendations. I ate at Barbette this past Saturday. While I didn't order the steak, I can vouch for the frites and the overall food quality. I also buy my steaks from Widmer (a no-brainer decision).

          1. On that list, my favorite would easily be Erte. They have three different choices of cuts and all of them are fantastic done Au Poivre. I actually prefer the vibe at Erte to Barbette, especially that they have the Peacock Lounge where you can grab a drink and chat before or after dinner too.

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            1. re: Db Cooper

              I also prefer Erte. I love the space and the food and think it's a great value for the overall experience.

              I have not been to meritage so can't comment on where they would fit in the mix.

              1. re: Bobannon

                Thanks, all. I really appreciate your comments.

            2. I think that Lindey's Prime Steak House in Arden Hills should be on that list. It's not fancy like some of the other places listed, but is an old-fashioned steak house that does it one way. Steaks are $27.99 or $28.99 according to the website served with salad, hashbrowns, garlic bread, and watermelon.

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              1. re: GutGrease

                Your choice at Lindey's is sirloin, sirloin, or chopped sirloin. The steak is fine for what it is, but I wouldn't call it a destination. I absolutely love their potatoes, but everything else is just OK.

                1. re: BigE

                  the Lindey's problem goes on and on.... i think the knotty pine and the sirloin is interesting maybe once, the pickled watermelon rind is a welcome novelty but the abundance of very good steakhouses renders Lindey's downright homely.