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Nov 2, 2013 02:11 PM

Recommendations Please - best steak on Westside?

I recently won a bet (Cardinals vs. Dodgers) and my prize is the best steak in West LA. I really like Pittsburg style and flavorful beef, I'm not too happy about sauces overpowering, although a good Steak Diane flambee leaves me smiling.

Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations.

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  1. Not an American style, but I've heard great things about Ushuaia, both from personal acquaintances and on CH:

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    1. re: PeterCC

      I thought I would update this older thread. My wife and I recently had lunch at Ushuaia; Ipse and others have strongly recommended this place and her sister restaurant Malbec in Pasadena.

      I had the ribeye; She had the skirt steak. The ribeye isn't large by American steakhouse standards, 8 oz. but very flavorful and no gristle, just a thin strip of fat on the side. What was surprising was that the skirt steak was even more flavorful.

      We also had some nice lamb empanadas and a nice tender side of asparagus.

      Ushuaia's offerings are not as hearty as American places, but the flavor and quality of the steaks make it worthwhile.

      1. re: Ogawak

        Just dined at Malbec in Pasadena last week and wondered why I don't go there more often. We had the hangar steak, and also a flatiron steak (part of their restaurant week offerings), both perfectly medium rare with lovely sauces. We also had a beet, red pepper, burratta salad, pana cotta, and crème de carmel crepe. Very tasty!

        1. re: orythedog

          We were tempted to try that crepe, but we were too full. We also loved their selection of sauces for the steaks as well.

    2. I really like Mastros

        1. Mastros is great, but have to say the Hillstone group does an amazing Filet (Bandera, Hillstone, R+D Kitchen).

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          1. re: yogachik

            I have to agree with the Hillstone group. I've never had a bad meal at any one of their restaurants...
            Good, solid and consistent food. I especially like the French Dip at the Hillstone in SM.

            1. re: cookie monster

              Capo is excellent, but Mastros is a more fun venu, better bar scene etc. Capo is more romantic and less steak choices.

              1. re: Thor123

                I just had a steak at Capo the other night. I haven't been to Mastros, but I'm guessing the scene IS more exciting there (as Thor123 mentioned). If you can swing it, however, Capo has really perfected its wood oven cooking technique, and is worth a try. My steak was so crispy and smoky on the outside (not burnt), and it was tender, juicy, and rare (my request) on the inside. Eating it was "fun" for me (more especially because a friend picked up the check). :)