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Dec 27, 2013 05:34 PM

"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

I don't want to go to Burch, where it's too loud and the sides are trendy and not traditional (not to mention laughably priced for what you get). I don't want to go to Manny's where the portions are too large.

I want to go to a steakhouse where the meat is great, the potatoes are perfectly baked or au gratin, and the ice cold salad comes with a great blue cheese dressing.

Where can I do that in the Twin Cities, anymore?!

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  1. We have visited Murray's for special occasions over the last 20 years or so. I think it would certainly qualify as "old fashioned". As far as portions goes, we normally do a family style with the silver-butter knife steak and/or chateaubriand. However, during our last visit (first post-remodel visit) , I found that that appetizers, salads, and sides were a notch below where they should have been. The steak, however, was a as good always.

      1. Jensen's, Mancini's, Lindy's, Porterhouse, Gordy's, Weiderholt's...perhaps others will chime in with more West of the river suggestions.

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        1. re: ssioff

          I've been to Mancini's and Lindy's. Both tick certain boxes off the "old-fashioned steak house" checklist.

          Mancini's serves a decent piece of meat. And it's hard to screw up a baked potato. But I'd enjoy it more if it didn't come with food-service squibs of sour cream and butter. And the greens could be more adventurous than a soggy-bottomed wedge of iceberg lettuce. If I was okay with those sides, I'd save $$$ and go to the <fill in name of town here> Best Steak House.

          Lindy's, IME, has a very limited menu. And yet, somehow, that repetition does not seem to improve the quality of what is placed before the diner. I had an okay meal there, but for the money and the small amount of menu deviation permitted, I expected better execution.

          I'm interested to see what other posters suggest. I'm guessing that, if Manny's is out based on portion size, then Ruth's Chris, Morton's, and probably are out, too.

          If I were in the market for a steak house, I think I'd check out The Strip Club or maybe the Capital Grille. I can't recall hearing anything negative about them recently (or ever).

          1. re: steve_in_stpaul

            There is a group of us (10+/-) that have been going to area "supper clubs" once every couple of months or so for the last 1 1/2 years and have hit up quite a few now. One I forgot to mention was Bob Smith's Sports Club Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant in Hudson. They do not seem to have a web site.

            Mancini's - Agreed - I was not thrilled last time I was there and ordered the filet/lobster tail combo with the drawn butter that was served in a plastic cup. Very tacky for the price point and Nick is probably rolling in his grave. At least the grilled dark bread has not seemed to change.

            Yes, Lindy's does have a very limited menu, but you have to admit that the place has a certain charm.

            The Strip Club hits it out of the park on all levels, but I would not consider it an "old fashioned" steak house.

            I have a problem calling any chain an "old fashioned" steak house, but that's just me.

            1. re: ssioff

              i would love to read reviews of all the supper clubs... did you post that anywhere?

              1. re: parallevar

                No sorry I have not and didn't plan on it. I know, not very chowish of me. The group is too large, we are too social and loud, and of course imbibe too much when we gather. All things that are not really conducive to producing a productive report. I guess I could write about my own food and experience, but sometimes my food and experience is much different from others in the group. I have had awesome food and my neighbor not happy with theirs. Same with the service. In some ways not totally fair to the establishment to report.

                There are also a couple of places we have gone, but I did not mention as our experience overall was not a good one.

                1. re: ssioff

                  I don't want to hijack this thread, but would you mind starting a new thread and just list out the supper clubs that you've visited?

                  We watched a nice 2hr documentary on supper clubs that mostly focused on those in Wisconsin. I would love to start hitting a few here in Minnesota, taste the food, and down a few brandy old fashions!

              2. re: ssioff

                is Bob Smith's Sports Club Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant in Hudson still open? I thought it was being turned into another moose-themed sports bar.

                1. re: zfwp

                  Apparently it is. We went there about a year ago and yes, it was in need of a makeover.


          2. Besides the other suggestions listed, perhaps Kincaid's?