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Apr 17, 2013 09:11 AM

Best prime rib that isn't at The Prime Rib

Anybody remember Tom Sarris' Orleans House? Does this sort of place even exist anymore? I'm looking for a surf & turf kinda place with an old timey carving station, maybe a salad bar. I had the prime rib at Cheesecake Factory and it was a flavorless, grey slab of awful. Same with all the buffet style chains. And I'm not interested in having to wear a tie. Daks used to sell steak by the ounce, but I haven't been since they moved to Woodbridge. Any places that offer a decent prime rib where they actually know what rare/medium rare actually means?

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  1. I've never been but Washingtonian's Kliman had some positive words for Monty's Steakhouse.
    Woodmont Grill/Houston's in Bethesda is far for you but their steaks are better than Cheesecake Factory and Mike's American Grill.

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    1. re: shake N baik

      I'll second the Woodmont Grill suggestion. Though I've not dined in Bethesda in many years, I did always enjoy prime rib at the now long closed Houston's in Rockville. I'd rate it way above C.F., which really is on a lower tier IMO.

      Flaming Pit in Gaithersburg still has quite a number of loyal regulars, I'd think you could get a nicely done prime rib slice there if you can stand the dark, dingy, & dated ambience.

    2. For at least the last two years, Fleming's branch near Tysons' Corner has had a prime rib special Sunday evenings for six weeks beginning in January. (See link for details of the 2013 offer.) The price for a three-course meal on this special is $29.95. My husband and I typically take advantage of this special once each winter and I think the quality is quite good.

      Admittedly, that means delaying your prime rib yearnings, but it's certainly an inexpensive way to test the quality of Fleming's product without spending full price.

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      1. re: Indy 67

        Fleming's does a very good steak. I have only been once but the ribeye I had there was as good or better than the ribeyes I have gotten at Ray's.
        For a chain that includes American Chinese (PF Chang's), Paul Fleming has built a pretty respectable group of steak houses. The Chinese is pretty mediocre (I have gone twice and been underwhelmed both times) but the steak places are really good, if my one experience is anything to judge by.

      2. There's a place in Gaithersburg called The Golden Bull. Most of the patrons are over 80. But they have exactly what you're asking for - leather booths, wood paneling, a salad bar right out of the 70s, but a truly good prime rib cooked the way you like it.

        1. I've always found Outback has a good reliable and tasty prime rib in a couple sizes. They have a nice seasoning on it that really makes it a step above. And they you can get a nice medium rare there. Get the medium or large size, as it will have fat in it.

          Fleming's is also excellent but waaay fancier than the old Orleans House. Then again, most places are, but Outback has the same sensibilities as TSOH.

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          1. re: wegolf

            I'll have to give Outback a try. After avoiding the place for a decade, I went in for an early lunch with low expectations and had a decent meal. It's times like this I really miss Blackie's House of Beef. Do any of the other casual steakhouses do decent prime rib? LongHorn? Texas Roadhouse? Lone Star? Ted's Montana Grill?

            1. re: wegolf

              Wow I've had decent meals at Outback as well but never would have thought to order the Prime Rib. Thanks for the tip.

            2. The best prime rib I've had recently is at Snyder's Willow Grove in Linthicum. You're right, it's hard to find prime rib anywhere in the DC area. I think it's just one of those things that have fallen out of fashion, like chicken a la king or Harvey wall bangers.

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              1. re: flavrmeistr

                Sweet! That looks right up my alley. I'll check it out next time I hit Baltimore.