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Help me spend my birthday presents on yummy meat

BigWoodenSpoon Aug 15, 2013 01:33 AM

Howdy all,

My brothers, hubby and Mom were quite generous this year. So I'm interested in finding either a not too fussy place that does a great steak (and wouldn't mind a 10 yr old who loves "meat butter"along) or an awesome BBQ joint with amazing Texas-style brisket and good sides.
East Bay, SF, maybe the Peninsula for the right place, around $30-40 per entree for steak, $50-60 or so for BBQ for 3. Reasonable corkage ($15-20) at the steak place would be nice and decent micro brew at the BBQ would be great. Oh, one more thing, not too loud please. The kid has sensitive ears.

Yes, I could just go back to Haven again, but I'd like to try something new. Especially since someone else has provided the resources. : )
Thanks Fellow Hounds!

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 08:51 AM

    For steak, Cafe Rouge. Usually they have two to choose from. Grill over charcoal, great sides.

    Dream on about an amazing barbecue place.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      BigWoodenSpoon Aug 15, 2013 12:20 PM

      I guess I'll just need to plan a trip to visit my relatives in Texas. ; )

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      foodeye Aug 15, 2013 11:29 AM

      Happy Birthday!

      Maybe Comal, when steak (they change it up often) is one of the mains (which serves 2-4), and the ribs are very good there, too. Not sure about corkage, since the cocktails are what I have there, but the sound-system may be just right for the "kid."

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      1. re: foodeye
        Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 12:25 PM

        The Chron reported corkage at Comal is $15.

        I haven't brought my own wine there as they have some great wines I can't get (all sold out at retail) plus really good cheap wines on tap.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          BigWoodenSpoon Aug 15, 2013 12:57 PM

          Yeah, I was checking out the menus and it looks really interesting. Have you had the steak there? What do you think of the service? Any other "must haves" there? Do you think the steak at Cafe Rouge is better?

          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon
            Dustin_E Aug 15, 2013 01:08 PM

            i tried the ribeye at comal a couple weeks ago -- good, decent size at $49. not sure how well some of the sides (rice, beans, tortillas) complemented it. green beans were pretty good, though. service at the bar was friendly but slow (they were very busy with drink orders.) definitely wouldn't describe the place as quiet.

            for steak i'd choose alfred's or harris' over comal.

            haven't yet tried the other dishes at comal.

            1. re: Dustin_E
              Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 01:21 PM

              Alfred's is a treasure. Fun atmosphere and great value.


            2. re: BigWoodenSpoon
              Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 01:18 PM

              I prefer Cafe Rouge. When I'm craving steak I usually don't want beans, rice, tortillas, or salsa with it, plus they almost always have a great inexpensive Bordeaux that's a great match.


              I liked the ribeye at Comal but likely won't order it again since so many other dishes are more tempting.


              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                BigWoodenSpoon Aug 15, 2013 03:03 PM

                So for a truly tasty steak, the ribeye at Cafe Rogue or something else at Alfred's?

                1. re: BigWoodenSpoon
                  Dustin_E Aug 15, 2013 03:07 PM

                  at alfred's, ribeye ($43 i believe) is the way to go. i was less impressed by one of the other, less expensive steaks they offer. it is big enough to serve 2.

                  1. re: BigWoodenSpoon
                    Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 03:19 PM

                    Which steaks Cafe Rouge has on the menu vary from day to day. The current sample menu has hanger steak and ribeye, given that choice I'll often go for the hanger.

                    At Alfred's I order the 30-oz. Chicago rib steak (bone-in ribeye), which is currently $55. It's plenty for two people with more than reasonable appetites. The Porterhouse is good, too.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      sundeck sue Aug 15, 2013 04:28 PM

                      What I haven't loved @ Cafe Rouge are some of the sauces they match w/ some of the steaks (same feeling about sauce as you express re beans et. al.--when I want steak, I want to taste great meat, period).

                      But, of course, you can easily ask that sauce be on the side or left off entirely.

                      1. re: sundeck sue
                        Glencora Aug 15, 2013 05:03 PM

                        I happened to go to Cafe Rouge and Comal last week and enjoyed both, but Cafe Rouge was really, really loud. Comal was not. I'm sure the food at either would make you happy, but if you go to Cafe Rouge I'd say you should go on the early side, before it fills up.

                        1. re: Glencora
                          Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 06:17 PM

                          I find Cafe Rouge relatively quiet, partly because it draws a relatively sedate crowd. That's one of the reasons I go there often.

                          Comal has a multi-million-dollar prototype noise-reduction system that in part works kind of like noise-cancelling headphones, so it's in a class by itself. Without that, it would probably be as loud as Mua, Luka, or Boot & Shoe.


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