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):
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?
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
re: Db Cooper
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....
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