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Best Steak Frites in the TC?

sandylc Oct 2, 2012 05:30 PM

Please share. 'Nuf said.

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    Brad Ballinger RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 05:36 PM

    Cafe Barbette. 'Nuff said.

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      sandylc RE: Brad Ballinger Oct 2, 2012 05:46 PM

      Ha! Did I spell it wrong? Thanks!

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        bob s RE: Brad Ballinger Oct 2, 2012 08:19 PM

        I'd agree with Brad on Barbette. They've got the best frites I've had in town. I've liked them better than at Meritage, haven't had them at Craftsman, so I can't say anything one way or the other about their fries.

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          sandylc RE: bob s Oct 3, 2012 05:57 PM

          I keep meaning to get back to Barbette - it's been a while.

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          JimGrinsfelder RE: Brad Ballinger Oct 7, 2012 08:38 AM

          I agree with Brad. Barbette.

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          dalewest RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 06:28 PM

          I have trouble with the "best" thing. I like them (it?) at both Craftsman and Meritage.

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            sandylc RE: dalewest Oct 2, 2012 06:45 PM

            Ah! I have had the amazing fries at Meritage.....but I've had so-so experiences at Craftsman. Does Craftsman deserve another look?

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              dalewest RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 07:13 PM

              At Craftsman, was it the frites, the steak or the Bearnaise that wasn't on point?

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                sandylc RE: dalewest Oct 2, 2012 07:27 PM

                Sorry... I haven't had steak frites there....ordered other things that were only O.K....

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                  eastlakovore RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 07:37 PM

                  I have enjoyed the steak frites at Craftsman, minus one bad experience (steak related). But I have ordered it since and been happy with the steak quality. I like their fries and bearnaise and those have been consistent.

                  I'd also add a vote for Barbette as a solid choice.

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            baa RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 08:34 PM

            I enjoyed the Steak Frites at Cave Vin in Minneapolis.

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              suburban_mom RE: baa Oct 3, 2012 06:36 PM


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              Maggie19 RE: sandylc Oct 3, 2012 12:00 PM

              Barbette. Excellent NY Strip .... to go with just outstanding fries.

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                foreverhungry RE: Maggie19 Oct 3, 2012 07:26 PM

                Perhaps a bit of a stickler on tradition, but isn't the traditional cut for steak frites onglet, or hanger? Maybe lately in the US, because it seems that few US restaurants go near a hanger steak, an entrecote, or ribeye?

                A dish like steak frites, at its essence, relies on two ingredients (and lots of skill) - steak and potatoes. Unfortunately, most potatoes in the US have been bred to be devoid of flavor (yes, fries might be well cooked - crispy and tender - but do many have real flavor). Now, we're taking a traditional onglet, and reducing it down to a NY Strip.

                At what point is a "dish" still the "dish"? Steak Frites doesn't just mean steak and fries. It means lots more. I think that's being lost here.

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                latte4me RE: sandylc Oct 3, 2012 05:38 PM

                Probably not the very best in town, but a surprising honorable mention: Cheeky Monkey.

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                  sandylc RE: latte4me Oct 3, 2012 05:57 PM

                  Wow. Interesting suggestion. I've never eaten there, but I've been curious. Might be worth a try.

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                  sandylc RE: sandylc Oct 3, 2012 06:44 PM

                  Has anyone had the steak frites at Vincent?

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                    Brad Ballinger RE: sandylc Oct 3, 2012 07:35 PM

                    I have for lunch a looooong time ago. Vincents fries are always good. But the steak I had was just not cooked very well.

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                      bishopsbitter RE: sandylc Oct 7, 2012 02:52 AM

                      Only the moules frites. Since I didn't comment on the frites in my report they could not have been top-tier. Sort of like seeing pornography, you KNOW top-tier frites when, you encounter 'em. And it doesn't happen often. Also on the comment about onglet/hanger steak. Watch out as "Mommy" in the kitchen will cut it all up for you like the hapless little infant you are, whether you like to hack up your own steak like a big boy/girl or not. (Not saying this re: Vincent, but definitely at Meritage and that place @ 50th & France. Sacre bleu!)

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                        foreverhungry RE: bishopsbitter Oct 7, 2012 10:12 AM

                        bb - I'm not sure what you mean by your comment re onglet/hanger. Do you mean that Meritage and Salut cut the steak before serving? Or that onglet in particular tends to be cut in the kitchen, but others don't? Sorry if I'm being thick.

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                          bishopsbitter RE: foreverhungry Oct 7, 2012 01:05 PM

                          The former, F.H. This is a horrible practice, for several (to me, obvious) reasons, but particularly for those of us who like our steak extremely rare it is particularly horrendous as the small amount of residual heat needed to keep a steak appetizing (even if near raw) is immediately lost. As I have said elsewhere here, they should at least ask you for your preference in the matter. When I was a little KID I didn't like having my food cut up for me by my mommy or anyone else. And I have not changed my opinion on this in the past 55 years(!) :-)

                    2. Latinpig RE: sandylc Oct 29, 2012 09:22 PM

                      Tried the Steak at Barbette. I was not impressed. The quality of the meat was not good given the tariff. I would much rather go to cap grill and get a superior dry aged ny and some fries.

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