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May 3, 2013 07:52 AM

Steaks, not downtown: Austin Land and Cattle vs Bartlett's vs Eddie V's (arboretum) vs. ???

So i was craving a good steak. More to the point, a steakhouse experience. I don't feel much like going downtown. It's been at least 10 years since i've been to ALC, but remember enjoying it. I enjoy the Steaks at Eddie V's, but the busy noisiness of downtown location is not what i'm looking for. Having said that I've never been to the one North, so I don't know if it is the same. I've only been to the bar at Bartlett's,so was wondering about the steaks in particular. FWIW, i had the burger, and while not bad, was kind of overpriced and overrated.
Any place else?

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  1. If noisiness isn't your thing, then ALC might be your pick over Bartlett's. While I think the decor and overall vibe is better at the latter, it's been packed whenever I've gone. Not like Parkside on a busy night noisy, but ALC's definitely the mellower option. As for steaks, I think they're both great... Bartlett's might be the winner for me due to the vibe and grilled artichoke appetizer.

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    1. There's Roaring Fork at Stonelake. However, it's seems very noisy to me when it's crowded. If it's a nice day, the patio next to the lake can be a little quieter.

      Also, not quite what you asked for but there's Estancia Churrascaria in the Arboretum.

      I'm not sure I'd pick either over Bartletts but I thought I'd throw them out there.

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      1. re: ssouth

        I'm looking forward to going to Estancia sometime in the future, just not this trip. So, do you recommend it?

        1. re: TroyTempest

          Estancia is okay, actually better than Fago De Chow, but nothing worth getting worked up about. Any of the BBQ places give you must better meat. Flemings is good but I'm an ALC fan.

      2. Since you can get a great steak at all three, as well as sides, I really think the only thing I could base a decision on is mood or the type of ambiance. I would gladly enjoy a steak at any of those three restaurants, as well as Roaring Fork and Flemings at the Domain... mmmm... have a great meal! Im looking forward to trying Perry's but that is downtown.

        1. also for the list, the steak frites at hopfield's has been on the money and reasonably priced.

          1. Flemings at the Domain has been excellent. Far superior to any meal I've had at ALC, and I dont think Bartlett's steaks are prime grade.