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soccermom13 Aug 20, 2012 04:29 AM

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.

  1. Db Cooper Aug 29, 2012 11:16 AM

    Where did you go SoccerMom13

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      soccermom13 Aug 29, 2012 02:24 PM

      A coworker talked me into going to Porterhouse, which is his fav. The meat was terrific. We got ribeye and filet, and the ribeye was better by far than the filet IHMO. (Fat really does = flavor in meat, doesn't it?)

      Since meat is not my favorite thing, I also pay attention to the sides. Bread was very good. Spinach salad was mediocre (the dressing was overly sweet and had a thick, gloppy consistency). The baked potato was a tad underbaked but still good. Main goal was that DD be happy with her food, and she LOVED the ribeye :0)

      It was an older crowd of eaters at Porterhouse. I am not sure what to make of that....

      I truly appreciate all the help from my fellow MSP hounds. THANK YOU.

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      Maggie19 Aug 29, 2012 09:08 AM

      NY Strip at Barbette is the best steak Ive ever had in MSP. Manny's included.

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        happypalate Aug 28, 2012 07:32 AM

        Try Eat Street Social...I've taken visitors there multiple times this summer and most guests ordered the grilled sirloin ($20) and loved it. Honestly....I think they have the best "fancy" burger in Mpls, with the smoked gouda, onion marmalade, and preserved tomato...the flavors are dreamy!

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          GutGrease Aug 21, 2012 08:17 AM

          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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            BigE Aug 23, 2012 07:51 AM

            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.

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              zfwp Aug 23, 2012 10:24 AM

              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.

          2. Db Cooper Aug 20, 2012 03:17 PM

            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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              Bobannon Aug 20, 2012 07:01 PM

              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.

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                soccermom13 Aug 21, 2012 03:05 AM

                Thanks, all. I really appreciate your comments.

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              Brad Ballinger Aug 20, 2012 08:37 AM

              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. Michael Florey Aug 20, 2012 08:18 AM

                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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                  bob s Aug 20, 2012 02:27 PM

                  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.

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                    Fudist Aug 20, 2012 05:27 PM

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

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                    zfwp Aug 20, 2012 05:29 AM

                    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...

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