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Best Steak In Los Angeles....

Keith Gilabert May 27, 2013 11:20 AM

I went to the Stinking Rose and I had the best steak ever. I have eaten at CUT, Morton's and Dan Tanas and no one compares to the filet mignon at Stinking Rose.

I ordered my steak medium-rare and it was crispy on the outside and pink and juicy on the inside. I could have cut my steak with a butter knife...literally...

Do yourself a favor and enjoy an amazing steak at a very reasonable price.


Keith Gilabert

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    beaubourne Mar 4, 2014 02:57 PM

    call this sacrilege but I think Boa's dry aged NY strip is awesome. Yes, that place is a scene, but I think their steak is better than Mastro's.

    1. Servorg Mar 3, 2014 09:12 AM

      Saturday night visit to Angelini Osteria and splitting the giant Bistecca alla Fiorentina with my son has now convinced me beyond any doubt that this is the best steak in Los Angeles - at least to this point in my sampling.

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      1. re: Servorg
        ns1 Mar 3, 2014 09:53 AM

        thx, I'll be there in a few weeks. Guess I'll have to give it a shot.

        Anything else notable during your visit to Angelini?

        1. re: ns1
          Servorg Mar 3, 2014 09:59 AM

          I strongly considered getting the porchetta after watching that huge hunk of roasted meat go by our table a couple of times for carving. I also thought about ordering the "green" lasagna as an appetizer but then just figured that the ER at Cedars might be overly busy. I also thought the charred octopus I saw going by looked really, really tasty.

          1. re: Servorg
            ns1 Mar 3, 2014 10:02 AM

            thx, I'll be there on a saturday as well so the porchetta is indeed the nightly special.

            porchetta/bistecca/octopus sounds like a lot of food though for 2 ^_^

            1. re: ns1
              Servorg Mar 3, 2014 10:06 AM

              The steak comes with sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes and grilled radicchio (the radicchio was the only miss for me as the consistency and taste just didn't do it for me - but you may well love it). I was also saving myself for dessert and thought that the affogoto was nice and they had a molten chocolate cake (I know its been done to death - but I still like it) was good as well.

        2. re: Servorg
          Butter Fight Mar 3, 2014 12:50 PM

          I completely agree. That thing is incredible. A perfectly cooked piece of meat.

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          wkstat Feb 18, 2014 06:52 PM

          Best steak ? Don't look down on me but we have never been disappointed with the steaks at The Outback in Lakewood.

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          1. re: wkstat
            Servorg Feb 18, 2014 07:12 PM

            What other steakhouses have you been to as a comparison/contrast?

            1. re: Servorg
              BacoMan Feb 19, 2014 01:10 AM

              Probably Sizzler. They're pretty good compared to Sizzler.

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            BacoMan Feb 18, 2014 04:53 PM

            Any one ever get steak at Salt's Cure, or Jar?

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            1. re: BacoMan
              kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:56 PM


              1. re: BacoMan
                namstermonster Feb 19, 2014 10:07 AM

                jar is decent. salt's cure, i'd imagine, should be good.

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                  BacoMan Feb 19, 2014 04:32 PM

                  Yeah. I haven't been to Jar actually, but I have eaten at Salt's many times. Usually I get the pork chop, which is better than most steaks to my tastes, but I've had various kinds of steak there as well, including a monster of a ribeye when they did it, that was fantastic.

                  They seem to do meat better than the majority of steakhouses I have been to.

                  I would tell a friend to go to Salt's over Mastro's. Maybe that's just me, but any time I have sent someone there, they've become a convert.

                  1. re: BacoMan
                    kevin Feb 19, 2014 05:35 PM

                    Salt's is more of a butcher shoppe.

                    But it's just not that great in my experience. Maybe I'll give it another try.

                    What I really really really miss is Storefront Deli by the same proprietors as Salt's Cure.

                    And that's no joke.

                    1. re: kevin
                      Servorg Feb 19, 2014 05:41 PM

                      "Salt's is more of a butcher shoppe. But it's just not that great in my experience."

                      While I haven't been I gotta say the burger pic's are so unbelievably, stupendously delicious looking as to make me swoon a bit...


                      1. re: Servorg
                        kevin Feb 19, 2014 05:46 PM

                        Those were OK.

                        I just miss Storefront Deli.

                        Bring back Storefront Deli, the egg with the runny yolk running all over the place, soiling your pants, or anything else in sight.

                        The "Shitty coffee" at the bargain basement price of 50 cents as opposed to their gourmet coffee from G and B which was around 4 bucks.

                        And those fiendishly delicious, fudgey, mousey brownies, and those chocolate croissants.

                        1. re: kevin
                          Servorg Feb 19, 2014 06:05 PM

                          "Those were OK."

                          Which ones are you ranking above these (for "gourmet" burgers that is)?

                          1. re: Servorg
                            kevin Feb 19, 2014 06:09 PM

                            the office burger, morton's burger.

                            oh, for crissakes, it was better than ok.

                            you know what ??????

                            sevrog, you will like it most likely.

                            sit at the counter, but they don't open before 9am methinks so that may be a deal breaker on your paper route in the morning.

                            1. re: kevin
                              Servorg Feb 19, 2014 06:11 PM

                              I just called them to make sure they served their full breakfast and brunch menu (burgers included) right from opening at 9 AM (which they do).

                              1. re: Servorg
                                kevin Feb 19, 2014 06:14 PM

                                yeah, but 9am is past your paper route time, right ?

                                i'm sure you can make an exception.

                                And then report back.

                                btw, if they have the egg and cheese biscuits get one of those to munch on the road on the bike ride back.

                                hmmm, maybe i'll visit soon and see if they carried over the storefront deli dishes.

                                btw, when i went to storefront i did have two of those burgers, an egg/cheese biscuit, a shitty cup of coffee (their words not mine, alas), and the brownie and a chocolate croissant.

                                afterwards it was off to Squirels for some chocolate-hazelnut toast with the callebuat chocolate and and a cappachino.

                        2. re: Servorg
                          BacoMan Feb 19, 2014 06:26 PM

                          Funnily enough, I would say the burger is the worst thing on their menu. (That shouldn't necessarily be taken to mean that the burger is bad though).

                          1. re: BacoMan
                            Servorg Feb 19, 2014 06:28 PM

                            It would be much more relevant (at least in terms of the burger) if you would compare their burger to other places where you think the burgers are consistently excellent...

                            1. re: Servorg
                              BacoMan Feb 19, 2014 07:08 PM

                              I rarely eat burgers. So I'm a poor judge.

                              But personally, they don't have the right mix to me. It just tastes way too "burger-y" to me. Other burgers I've tried that avoid this pitfall are the famous burger at Father's Office, and the various burgers at Plan Check. I would even say I've enjoyed the burger's at Slater's 50/50 more (the OC mini-chain). And I also brought up ARC's burger last time I was asked about burger's, but many people said it doesn't count as it's a 14oz "patty" wrapped in duck fat, and laced with lardons.

                              I would even almost rather eat a hickory burger from Apple Pan.

                              One time Salt's did a goat burger though, that was absolutely incredible. They also introduced me to goat chops several years ago...sadly it seems like they never get goat in any more.

                              I would say, if you love that "burger-y" taste of burgers, then you would love Salt's burger. Maybe a good comparison is the burgers at Golden State; those have a similar kind of taste to them, but Salt's is more amped up in terms of size of patty, and awesomeness of bacon. It tastes very similar to what you'd have at a neighbor's outdoor BBQ or something, nothing fancy about it. Many of the people I've gone to Salt's with have had the burger and loved it.

                              I personally look for something other than a burger that is just a really good version of a backyard staple when I am paying over $20 for it (including tax + tip).

                              1. re: BacoMan
                                kevin Feb 19, 2014 07:10 PM

                                Though it definitely didn't taste like a neighbor's backyard BBQ burger to me though, it must be said.

                        3. re: kevin
                          BacoMan Feb 19, 2014 06:29 PM

                          No idea where you're eating better food than Salt's?

                          Seems to me that meat tastes much better when it's just been cut in the back room. The only other place to produce such incredible tasting meat is Chi Spacca, which also butchers their own meat.

                          Salt's doesn't sell any meat by itself though...so it's not a butcher shoppe. It's impossible to tell how a restaurant butchering it's own meat is a bad thing though.

                          What did you get when you went there? And where else are you getting better meat?

                    2. re: BacoMan
                      ipsedixit Feb 19, 2014 07:16 PM

                      Jar was good about 10 years ago.

                      Now? It just seems so tired. And bored.

                    3. wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 08:15 AM

                      Get your steak while you can…from today's LA Times "The Stinking Rose restaurant building on La Cienega Boulevard’s famed Restaurant Row is for sale for nearly $18.3 million,


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                        JAB Feb 18, 2014 10:09 AM


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                          kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:52 PM

                          I'm in for the meet at the Stinking Rose.

                          But only if Gilabets is buying the first round.

                          And of course, if I can still get me my garlic tiramisu for dessert.

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                        mymeowzer Jun 2, 2013 10:40 PM

                        Dan Tana's - New York Steak - AMAZING!

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                        1. re: mymeowzer
                          kevin Jun 3, 2013 03:54 PM

                          I've been singing the praises of the Dabney Coleman for years now.

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                          linus May 31, 2013 05:29 PM

                          y'know what's awesome?

                          this thread, possibly poorly titled, is about the filet mignon at the stinking rose.

                          there are 33 comments, and only the original post is about the filet mignon at the stinking rose.

                          34 including this one.

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                          1. re: linus
                            Servorg May 31, 2013 05:34 PM

                            Ahem... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9033...

                            1. re: Servorg
                              linus May 31, 2013 05:36 PM

                              everyone, i'd like to personally apologize to servorg:

                              make that 33 comments not about the stinking rose's filet mignon.

                              i am shamed.

                              1. re: linus
                                PeterCC May 31, 2013 05:42 PM

                                Also you can claim ns1 was making a valiant effort to get back on topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9033...

                                1. re: linus
                                  Servorg May 31, 2013 05:43 PM

                                  Tarring is one thing, but when they get the feathers out I gotta fly...

                              2. re: linus
                                ns1 May 31, 2013 05:42 PM

                                okay, I cross checked yelp and an overwhelming majority of reviews for the filet were positive, whereas reviews for other items were less than stellar.

                                it would so appear that if you were to end up at stinking rose, ordering the filet might be a safe bet.

                                all the people who gave less than stellar reviews for filet wanted the restaurant to kill the meat (medium++), so I went ahead and disregarded their opinion.

                                1. re: ns1
                                  linus May 31, 2013 06:07 PM

                                  ns, cut it out. you're ruining my whole bit.

                                  i kid.

                                  1. re: linus
                                    kevin Jun 1, 2013 10:44 AM

                                    Yeah. Why do you have to ruin a good thing ?

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                                      Thor123 Jun 1, 2013 05:47 PM

                                      Plus 100000000000000000000000000000000000000

                                  2. re: ns1
                                    MissBubbles Jun 1, 2013 06:48 PM

                                    I think we need to do a Chowhound evaluation of the filet. For science!

                                2. Ciao Bob May 31, 2013 02:31 PM

                                  you think it is better than Boa, Keith?

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                                  1. re: Thor123
                                    maudies5 May 31, 2013 03:44 PM

                                    Grill on the Alley has always served a beautiful steak. I also love the steak at The Ivy.

                                    1. re: maudies5
                                      kevin May 31, 2013 04:12 PM

                                      The ivy ????

                                      Please explain.

                                      I'm Planning in hitting up the shore for brunch tomorrow.

                                      Also, what else would you order as well or vis-a-vis drinks ?

                                      Thanks Maudie's.

                                      1. re: kevin
                                        maudies5 May 31, 2013 05:27 PM

                                        I don't even know if they offer the steak for brunch as I have only had it for dinner. At Ivy, I love their Vodka Gimlet. Also, the grilled salad is also a winner. I get it with shrimp. Crabcakes are great. Corn chowder should be very good now. Love the Key Lime pie for dessert or Hot Fudge Sundae.
                                        Have fun!

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                                    flowergirl May 30, 2013 06:41 AM

                                    I am still looking for more of a neighborhood steak place. I used to love The Galley in S M but it is now mediocre at best.
                                    Mastro's and Cut are great but certainly not places you eat at often. I would like to find a comfortable, reasonable Westside restaurant with amazing steak. Still looking...

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                                    1. re: flowergirl
                                      Servorg May 30, 2013 06:57 AM

                                      Give the rib eye at Bandera http://www.hillstone.com/pdf_menus/ba... a try. I think it's as good as anything I've had at most of the name steakhouses in LA.

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        Thor123 May 30, 2013 01:47 PM

                                        Although I have not had it, I have heard very good things about the steak at Bandera.

                                        1. re: Thor123
                                          nosh May 30, 2013 05:49 PM

                                          RutherfordRib-Eyewithfarmer’smarkettomatoes&bluecheese 45

                                          -- from online spring '13 menu

                                          1. re: nosh
                                            Servorg May 30, 2013 06:09 PM

                                            For years it was $38. Then beef prices leaped and it's now $45. What is the Government saying inflation is at? That figure is a joke, right?

                                            1. re: Servorg
                                              manku May 30, 2013 07:57 PM

                                              45 for anything at Bandera is a little silly...like all Hillstone restaurants, the prices don't match the experience.

                                              I'd probably eat at them more often if their prices were a third lower.

                                              1. re: manku
                                                jdwdeville Feb 19, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                While I agree with you about their food prices, for years the Hillstone group has kept the cost of bottles on their wine list about 30-60% below the normal markups- must be something about the parent resto being Rutherford Grill.
                                                Somewhat justifies the food cost to me...

                                          2. re: Thor123
                                            maudies5 May 30, 2013 06:01 PM

                                            I believe I have had most of the steaks mentioned on this thread (with the exception of The Stinking Rose).
                                            My 3 favorite places for steak are:

                                            1. re: maudies5
                                              kevin May 30, 2013 06:31 PM

                                              I think you glowingly mentioned Toscana a few times. I will have to hit it up.

                                              But your three are each and every one exorbitantly expensive.

                                              1. re: maudies5
                                                Thor123 May 31, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                Forgot about the steak at Capo. Really, really good.

                                                1. re: Thor123
                                                  kevin May 31, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                  I prefer Cora's for the price to greatness of food ratio.

                                                  1. re: kevin
                                                    Thor123 May 31, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                    Dont know Cora's. Where is it?

                                                    1. re: Thor123
                                                      latindancer Jun 1, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                      Right next door to Capo on Ocean.

                                                      THE best egg-white/feta/arugula omelet I've had in LA, served alongside a potato croquette and delicious olive toast.
                                                      Homemade preserves for the toast and wonderful coffee.

                                                      1. re: latindancer
                                                        maudies5 Jun 1, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                        Cafe Brentwood will offer the same dishes as Cora's. Bruce Marder owns both. The new restaurant is located right next door to The Brentwood on Barrington. Cafe Brentwood is on the corner. Opening continues to be delayed. They were supposed to open around May 1. Menu is posted on door. Menu is the Cora's menu, although, I think it opens at 11:00.

                                                        1. re: maudies5
                                                          latindancer Jun 3, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                          That's good to know if I'm in Brentwood.

                                                          I've loved Cora's location, and ambiance (and food of course) for as long as I can remember...the parking's usually very easy for me, in the back.
                                                          Brentwood (as much as I like it) is just a totally different vibe.

                                                          1. re: maudies5
                                                            kevin Jun 3, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                            Cafe Brentwood ?

                                                            Why haven't I heard of this joint ?

                                                            Is it relatively new, i.e. opened in the past couple months ?


                                                            1. re: kevin
                                                              maudies5 Jun 3, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                              It was due to open on May 1. Still not open.

                                                              1. re: maudies5
                                                                kevin Jun 3, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                my bad. i skimmed your post by mistake and missed the rest of the text.

                                                                sounds great.

                                                                btw, do you happen to know what's in store for the old cheesecake factory in brentwood space ?


                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                  maudies5 Jun 3, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                  Coral Tree Steakhouse. I don't know if that will be the final name, but the property was bought (or leased) by Coral Tree, next door.

                                                                  1. re: maudies5
                                                                    kevin Jun 3, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                    Cool. Thanks.

                                                        2. re: Thor123
                                                          Servorg Jun 3, 2013 07:35 AM


                                                2. re: Servorg
                                                  yogachik May 31, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                  Steak at R+D on Montana is also fantastic, and less expensive than the one at Bandera.

                                                  1. re: yogachik
                                                    Servorg May 31, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                    My wife really likes it because it's a filet, which is the only steak she likes, and it comes with both potatoes and vegetables and all for $31 or thereabouts. That is a good value.

                                                    1. re: yogachik
                                                      Keith Gilabert Jun 2, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                      Have you ever had the ahi burger?


                                                  2. re: flowergirl
                                                    whiner May 30, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                    I'm not saying it is "reasonably" priced or that it deserves mention as one of the very best steaks in L.A., neither is true. *However*, The Grill on the Alley in Westlake is very laid back, comfortable, nice, great service, *easy*, you don't have to order sides separately so that cuts down on cost (the Lyonaise potatoes are great) and the Filet is done quite well. Pricy, but definitely not in the Mastro's / CUT price range. Also, again, relaxing, unpretentious, easy.

                                                    1. re: whiner
                                                      carter Jun 3, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                      Grill on the Alley in T/O is no more.
                                                      Becoming Public School 805, and will open any day now.

                                                      1. re: carter
                                                        whiner Jun 3, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                        The Grill on the Alley in Westlake (I didn't say anything about T/O, though obviously the two cities are next to each other) is very much open and kicking as of one week ago today.

                                                        1. re: whiner
                                                          Servorg Jun 3, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                          I saw an online report http://www.conejovalleyguide.com/loca... that said the two restaurants are next door to each other. Is that right do you know? Or is one replacing the other?

                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                            whiner Jun 3, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                            AH... there is definitely construction *NEXT* to The Grill... yes, that makes sense, there has been for some time.

                                                        2. re: carter
                                                          kevin Jun 3, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                          "T/O" ?

                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                            Servorg Jun 3, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                            Thousand Oaks

                                                      2. re: flowergirl
                                                        CharlesKochel Jun 2, 2013 10:07 PM

                                                        I'm still a fan of Montey's Bone in ribeye. I like the warm plates and simple light salt & pepper seasoning. Ahh -
                                                        Simplicity is beautiful. (Woodland Hills on Topanga)

                                                        1. re: CharlesKochel
                                                          kevin Jun 3, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                          There used to be one in Westwood too but that closed years ago.

                                                          It looks like a steak that would be about par with T's.

                                                          And Monty's (is it with or without the "e", I can't quite remember) looks like the sort of place that would serve a stiff and quite swell jigger of scotch or whisky at the bar, right ?

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                                                        Oblongs May 29, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                        Mastros, hands down.

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                                                          Thor123 May 28, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                          You are kidding, correct?

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                                                          1. re: Thor123
                                                            granadafan May 28, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                            That was my reaction too. The Stinking Rose????

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                                                              whiner May 29, 2013 04:15 AM

                                                              For serious. I have my doubts, too. I haven't been to the one in LA but I was dragged to the one in SF several years ago. I don't remember what I ordered, but it was passable at best. One of the times I was at Mélisse a friend ordered the beef prepared two ways and the steak component was excellent (the other component was even better, though). Although it isn't what I would necessarily choose to order, Il Grano makes a great steak. Traditional American *steak*-steak, I think the bone-in ribeye at Mastro's is pretty special, though they don't have to season it quite as much as they do. I can't get over the CUT-iness of CUT...

                                                              1. re: whiner
                                                                kevin May 29, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                "cut-iness of cut"

                                                                What does that mean ?

                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                  whiner May 29, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                  The pomp surrounding going there. I don't mind people-watching, but I find it to be very... I don't know how to describe it. It isn't *easy* or laid back.

                                                                  1. re: whiner
                                                                    Thor123 May 29, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                    Only ate at Cut once, but found it sterile and stark. Tend to like my steak joints warmer and livelier. I think it also suffers from having the bar so far away from the dining area. You lose the buzz and vibe.

                                                                    1. re: Thor123
                                                                      kevin May 29, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                      Damnit. But those gougeyres are damn good. I'd almost just go there to the bar and order up those puppy dogs (unless that is if they have gone downhill since i have not been in a couple years).

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                                                            ns1 May 28, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                            I agree with all the posters above me WRT to Stinking Rose. However, has anyone else BESIDES the OP gotten a steak there?

                                                            It's POSSIBLE that the steak here is a diamond in the rough...

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                                                            1. re: ns1
                                                              ipsedixit May 28, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                              It probably is rough, and if it is I'd dare say no fat ass has sat on that chunk of roughage long or hard enough to squeeze a diamond out of it.

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                                                              kevin May 27, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                              I thought all this joint was is a kitchsy, vile tourist trap. What Mr Chow is to Chinese food, the Stinking Rose is to Italian food though at significantly cheaper prices.

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                                                              1. re: kevin
                                                                BSW6490 May 28, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                I thought I saw an earlier post I agreed with. That was too the effect that you are being too hard on Mr. Chow. Mr. Chow may be pretensious to some, but it can also be fun and the food, while very expensive, is not bad (although I have not been for a few years). I think the OP is perhaps joking about the steaks at Stinking Rose. The Stinking Rose is less than mediocare and as was said somewhere, on par with the now departed Sizzler.

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                                                                flowergirl May 27, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                Interesting - I have been searching for great steak. I went there years ago and really didn't like the meal. I don't think I had steak but remember it being too themed and much too heavy on garlic - and I love garlic...

                                                                1. Servorg May 27, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                  Did you happen to get the bagna calda to go with? One of the must gets and goes on top of everything they make (just in case you didn't get enough of a "garlic" fix with the normal preparation).

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                                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                                    Keith Gilabert May 27, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                    yes, the garlic clove spread was great! A must have for Stinking Rose.

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