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Jul 8, 2013 09:44 AM

Places that offer an affordable steak

I crave steaks but I live in a tiny apartment and don't have a gas/charcoal grill. What are some places that offer a decent value steak? I heard Main and Burger de Ville were quite good. How do la Cabane and various other Portuguese joint compare?

Overpriced onglet and bavette over 20$ need not apply

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  1. Marven's. With the sides, and considering their generous portions, the plate is enough for 2!

    1. Le Bifteque is by far the best steak deal in town. It isn't the greatest restaurant but a 16 oz rib steak for $19.95 or ny strip for $24 with the trimmings is hard to beat.

      Shwartz's also has a rib steak of $17.95

      The after 9 menu at Moishes for $25 is another good deal

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      1. re: catroast

        "Isn't the greatest" is being polite.

        1. re: JerkPork

          the sides suck but the meat is a good quality for the price and they know how to actually cook a steak to temperature (at least on my last 3 visits). If my father likes it, being that he is so peculiar about steak, it must be alright!

          1. re: catroast

            It's grocery store steak quality is all it is. The first time a few months ago it was under cooked and more recently it was over cooked.

        2. re: catroast

          I follow the deals of the week at the Biftheque that appear on page 3 of the Gazette every Wednesday for the following Weds thru Tues time period.....they slash at least 1/3 off the regular menu price. This past month (every Nov is their anniversary month) and for four weeks they offered $9.95 deals for NY Sirloin, Ribs which included all their usual trimmings, of course.

          This week the special is a rack of lamb (delicious) for $15.95 and it's $30 on the menu.

          After 9 deal at Moishe's does not impress me. Very small portions.

          1. re: MISTER_C

            Thanks for the heads up. Here's the specials page on their website:

            Have you or anyone else been to Madison's near the Bell Centre? They have a 2-for-$22 deal on Sundays, although none of the items on that menu are steak.

            1. re: MISTER_C

              Moishe's hasn't reduced prices for their After 9 deal overall. Just reduced prices in line with smaller portions.

          2. Burger de Ville has a 14oz Rib Eye AAA with side for 16.95$

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            1. re: causeimhungry

              they make a good steak and pretty good fries too

              1. re: causeimhungry

                I'd MUCH rather eat there than at le Biftèque! I've only eaten there once, but their frites were very good. I see that they also have grilled vegetables...

                And see that they also have branches quite far east (Anjou, on Jarry) and quite far west (Mtl-W, on Westminster) as well as their Mile-End location.


                1. re: causeimhungry

                  I concur that BDV has a great Rib Eye deal @$16.95 which comes with a nice Caesar salad or fries.

                  1. re: causeimhungry

                    I hear Burger de Ville is inexpensive and that does sound reasonable.

                    1. re: Shattered

                      by rib steak it means bone in right? Also I like how there's more sides included at the Main than at Burger de Ville.

                      1. re: Ghostquatre

                        Yep. They also have sirloin and liver steaks. Some of the best burgers in town, too, imo. Very good ribs, poutine, and of course smoked meat (a rare place that offers the latter two without completely fucking at least one of them up - and usually both). I've eaten pretty much everything on the menu, except lox or chicken. Outside Chinatown, it's probably my favourite sit-down cheap eats place.

                        1. re: Shattered

                          Slightly off-topic, but I have a question about The Main. We were there maybe a year ago and ate our fill while palavering with the entertaining older waitress. On the way out, a cook placed some bits of beef on a plate and said "give it a try - boiled beef".
                          It was delicious, tender, and with plenty depth of flavor. Couldn't wait to return to order this.
                          However, when I did order the boiled beef (about a week later), it was very different. Almost bland boiled blade roast-like.
                          Did I miss something? could've the sample been something other than their "boiled beef"?
                          Thanks for any thoughts.

                          Slightly on-topic, I wanted to recommend Casa Grecque, the small-chain restaurant for grilled rib steak. I haven't been in awhile, so checked their on-line menu. It lists for $23 (16oz). Not the bargain it once was, but not bad for a BYOB place...

                          1. re: porker

                            Can't help you on the boiled beef question, porker, I've never had that.

                      2. Best value for a truly good steak can be had at THE KEG. Baseball Sirloin @$25.95 is a great deal although you have to like your steaks medium rare to enjoy this one. Steak is so a filet mignon.....that it can't be more well done.

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                        1. re: MISTER_C

                          The baseball sirloin has received its praise here before but I found it tough and not very flavourful. At $25.95 for 12 oz, there are better steaks to be had.