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Best Steak Frites in Toronto

Looking at Charles' post about the steak frites lunch at Cafe Boulud ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902284 ) made me hungry for some!

Suggestions for some goodies at a good price?
Thinking $20 - $25.

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  1. Sidecar has a steak frites that I've enjoyed many times. Non-traditional SF cut -- they use a baseball steak. Great price point.

    1. Both Simple Bistro and Left Bank Bistro have excellent ones around your price point. Photo of the one from Simple Bistro attached

      1. It's actually a little below your price point but I'm fond of the version of the dish they do at Jules Bistro on Spadina, $18.

        1. Table 17 in Leslieville has amazing frites - but I suggest you dine early when they are fresh - and get the aioli to dip them in! - the steak is a bit chewy, I'd suggest getting it just past medium rare.

          1. You read my mind !!

            I was wondering about good Steak Frites in TO after last weekends meal at Chez Lucien in Ottawa. They have the best fries in Ontario ! Thin, crispy, and delicious. A true Frite. Anyone can do a good steak, great frites are the tricky bit.

            Looking forward to the replies.

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            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              I disagree vehemently. Very few can do a good steak worth eating.

              1. re: justxpete

                I said "can".

                Steak is one of the few items that anyone can do very very well. Quality meat, aged properly, room temperature, extreme heat for a few minutes, and a quality compound butter. Oh and rest. It is sad that many restaurants haven't been able to master that.

                Making truly excellent french fries is a much more difficult task.

            2. Best steak frites for the $ is undoubtedly La Palette on Queen W. Very tender beef, fantastic fries, and two sauces - one for the steak, one for the frites. Part of a $35 three-course special with generously-sized app and dessert. Friendly service, good range of wines, unpretentious atmosphere and owner on site.

              1. bit over your price point - but Le Select is good - $28

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                1. re: thebutcher

                  Agree Le Select is excellent and I love the frites. It is much cheaper at lunch too!

                2. When I was in Paris last May, I missed a chance to dine at a neighbourhood bistro called Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote. This place had a 20 person lineup throughout the day. They only serve steak frites throughout the years and they supposedly do it very well. They cover the steaks in a mystery green sauce that's supposed to be heavenly. It's as old school as it gets.

                  I'm not sure if anyone on this board has tried them or a similar steak frites, but I would very much be interested in finding a place in Toronto that serves steak with some sort of a heavenly mystery sauce.

                  1. At $27, Biff's serves a very nice 7oz steak and a good portion of excellent fries. Nice setting too and with professional pleasant service. Had it over the weekend.

                    1. The steak frites at Bar Hop is pretty good. $20. I've had it four times since it was added to the menu back in September 2013 and haven't had a bad one yet. It has a peppercorn sauce on it and a bone marrow aioli on the side.

                      1. It's not traditional but I really, really love the Steak Frites at Smith.

                        The steak is served on top of the frites. there's shallot sauce/gravy over it, as well as crispy fried onions. The juice from the steak and some of the sauce is all over the fries.

                        It's cold weather comfort food greatness.