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don took Feb 6, 2013 10:14 AM

Lots of expensive options in LA for great steak....my current being the bone in ribeye at Tar and Roses in Santa Monica and the old reliable Monty's on Topanga. But sometimes you want something that's rare and juicy without spending over 50 dollars.......any favorite neighborhood steakatoriums that one would recommend??

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    Thor123 Feb 6, 2013 10:47 AM

    Che Jay in Venice is a great spot for steak and drinks in a dive bar vibe.

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    1. re: Thor123
      malibumike Feb 7, 2013 08:24 AM

      Chez Jay is in Santa Monica, not Venice

      1. re: malibumike
        Thor123 Feb 7, 2013 09:32 AM

        At the border.

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          Servorg Feb 7, 2013 10:24 AM

          Strangely enough I'd estimate that Chez Jay's probably sits about half way between the N and S borders of the City of Santa Monica off the top of my head.

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            Thor123 Feb 7, 2013 10:25 AM

            I defer to you!

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              Servorg Feb 7, 2013 10:27 AM

              Santa Monica always reminds me a bit of SF, in that it's pretty small and fairly easy to get around in (except for by the Santa Monica Place Mall at certain times - that is some gridlock around it).

          2. re: Thor123
            cagey Feb 7, 2013 02:37 PM

            Nope, dead square in (as Servorg said). If you throw a shot glass you can hit the arches for the s.m. Pier.

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              Thor123 Feb 7, 2013 07:52 PM

              Sorry, Santa Monica it is. With (IMO) a Venice feel

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                yogachik Feb 9, 2013 08:30 AM

                The Venice border is at Navy - right where Chaya Venice sits. Chez Jay is definitely where to go for an inexpensive steak, and it is in Santa Monica.

        2. re: Thor123
          cls Feb 7, 2013 10:18 AM

          I would say Chez Jay is a great spot, and stop short of mentioning food.

          Taylors on 8th is IMO the best of the inexpensive.

          1. re: cls
            Thor123 Feb 7, 2013 10:24 AM

            The food is not the draw, but its a great place for a steak, cocktail and good time.

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              Servorg Feb 7, 2013 10:28 AM

              We've gone to the Galley on Main Street for their inexpensive steak in the past and it's been pretty good, especially when you consider you get the entire dinner for mid $20's or there about.


              1. re: Servorg
                Thor123 Feb 7, 2013 11:00 AM

                Love the Galley. Great steamed claim buckets!

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                  westsidegal Feb 9, 2013 08:45 AM

                  OT: the galley is my favorite place for a martini.
                  as i've mentioned before, this is NOT the place for any kind of drink that requires a "mixologist," but it is a great place for the kind of drink that requires a good "bartender."

        3. ipsedixit Feb 6, 2013 11:01 AM

          Carlitos Gardel

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            Searching4Dunny Feb 6, 2013 02:12 PM

            +1 on Carlitos Gardel, especially if you can get there for the lunch special. Ipse, you did a write up about it some time ago and I was pleasantly satisfied with the experience that you recommended.

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            cdub Feb 7, 2013 10:10 AM

            the pantry? isn't that the definition of a cheap steak?

            1. scottca075 Feb 7, 2013 04:02 PM

              To be honest I don't really pay attention to what the costs are when I eat out, but when I think inexpensive but quality I think Taylor's, Dal Rae, Houston's and Tom Bergin's.

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              1. re: scottca075
                linus Feb 7, 2013 04:29 PM

                hi scott:
                please join me at urusawa for dinner. i hope you don't mind paying. i'd be happy to drive.
                when shall i pencil you in?

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                  scottca075 Feb 7, 2013 05:22 PM

                  Meet me at Masa, not the pretenders.....

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                    linus Feb 7, 2013 06:03 PM

                    i feel it is bad manners to hit you up for air fare as well.

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                      ipsedixit Feb 7, 2013 07:00 PM

                      Meet me at Masa, not the pretenders.....

                      Oh please.

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                  ronsilverado Feb 9, 2013 02:18 AM

                  Not a steakhouse per se, but I was shocked by how good the $28 Harvey's Guss NY steak at Osteria La Buca was last time I was there.

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                    josephnl Feb 9, 2013 10:17 AM

                    If you find yourself in Laguna Beach, Nick's has a great $19 sirloin and an even better $29 filet...with all the trimmings. This place is a winner where everything is really good including the service.

                    See: http://www.thenickco.com/laguna.php

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                      selfportrait93 Feb 9, 2013 10:59 AM

                      Venice Room......but you have to grill your own steak.

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