Best place for a good quality steak?
I don't think this has been discussed for a while....STEAK
Looking to find an affordable alternative to Met. Grill, Ruth Chris, El Gouge-o's. Key word affordable, but not sizzler or outback affordable. Is there any thing in between? What about Jak's Grill? Your thoughts?
I went to Jaks recently on a rec from this board, and did not find most of their steaks much cheaper than anywhere else. I recall the range as falling somewhere between $36 and $42.
Their HH is supposed to be good, but when I was there (Laurelhurst location), there were lines for every barstool, and the rest of the restaurant was a complete ghost town. Very forlorn vibe, I thought, and we left.
You might consider Wedgwood Broiler. Their bar is an actual time machine...
Agree with the bar description and the prime rib dip. I also like the prime rib itself on Fri, Sat, Sunday nights. The Broiler is it's own thing and you have to like what it is to enjoy it. I would not confess how often we go there to eat cheeseburgers and drink really strong cocktails while watching TV after a hard day at work. It is such a no BS place and they get a Manhattan on the table faster than any other bar in town.
I still think JaK's is worth a try.
I have to admit, I haven't been there in a year, and I also admit that when I was growing up in the Sammamish area, it was a family favorite for special family dinners, as they have a location in downtown Issaquah, so there is a sentimental component to my recommendation.
It's not a big bargain.
But, I consider their cuts 95% as good as Ruth's and Morton's. And you can order a 16 oz filet, a 16 oz top sirloin. Their dinner prices include warm bred, dinner salad, a big baked potato, and steamed veggies, whereas these things must be ordered separately at most other higher end spots.
Among the really top end places, I favor the Metroplitan Grill, but it will cost you 1.5x-1.8x the price for dinner out the door, but a food experience only 5% better.
Finally, one of the very best places for a good quality steak is at my house. I like 2.5" thick dry aged cuts from my local japanese grocer. He cuts them to order. I lay them in lots of sea salt for half hour at room temp, then fresh cracked tellicherry pepper on all sides, then onto a raging hot lump charcoal grill at 900 degrees. I like to serve it next to a butter gold baked potato wrapped in foil and cooked in the same grill. Does anyone else fantasize about starting a supper club?
Jak's steaks are not that much cheaper, but they're comparable in quality and they throw in the sides which would typically add another $10-$15 at the Met/Ruth Chris/John Howie.
If you have a Costco membership, gift cards can be bought to give you a de facto 20% off at the Met and (sometimes) John Howie.
I bought this John Howie gift card recently. I intend to stack it with a Groupon for a combined $50 off a $100 purchase there.
One place to try is the Melrose Grill in Renton. Similar vibe/quality/price point as Jak's - though I haven't been in years.