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Big Kahuna Kooks

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Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 11:31 AM (permalink)
Has any one been to or remember a steakhouse that had charcoal pits in the middle of the dining room that you cooked your own steak on? There was one just outside st. louis on the illinois side whose name escapes me, but you ordered at a butcher's deli case your cut of meat and then either had a chef cook it or you could do it yourself. There was a marinade bar, and a condiment bar as well. I think there was a slad bar as well and when you were done cooking your meat, a chef gave you a baker and corn on the cob on your plate. Everyone sat on long picnic styloe benches and it had the floavor of a huge backyard cookout. It was a great concept, but closed down after a few years...any still left out there?
 
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    brisketboy

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    RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 11:39 AM (permalink)
    There was one of those in Norfolk Va. Be dammed if I can remember the name but it was pretty awesome. The novelty was what sold the place I think. That and they always had great meat in the butcher's case.
     
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      PaulBPool

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      RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 11:40 AM (permalink)
      There's one near Virginia Beach, called The Grate Steak. I think they have a couple of locations in that area. Been there once, food was pretty good, price was 'reasonable', and if you either don't mind having to cook your own steak, or if you're like me and are a little picky, it's sort of fun. Of course, if you wish, they will cook it for you for a small fee.
      UPDATE: Got the website for you all www.thegratesteak.com
      Looks like they still have two locations in Virginia.
       
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        Big Kahuna Kooks

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        RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 11:44 AM (permalink)
        Grate Steak might have been the name....was it a chain? it was great fun to get a few couples and do dinner there without all the bakcyard fuss.
         
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          ScreamingChicken

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          RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 12:45 PM (permalink)
          BKK, how long ago did you eat at this restaurant? There's a small grill-your-own chain called Prime Quarter with[url='http://www.primequarter.com/locations.html']locations[/url] in Wisconsin and Illinois but I don't know if it was ever in the St. Louis area; the closest would be Princeton.

          Brad
           
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            Big Kahuna Kooks

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            RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 12:51 PM (permalink)
            has to be over 20 years ago. it closed down after a few years, but i assumed it was due to mismanagement.it was in fairview heights, il.
             
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              ann peeples

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              RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 2:43 PM (permalink)
              We still have those in Wisconsin-the name escapes me....
               
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                Big Kahuna Kooks

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                RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 3:09 PM (permalink)
                I googled Prime Quarter and this is probably the chain I was thinking of. They said it really got lively after Badger football games and that's what I remember about the experience. It was the social atmosphere that made this a winner. Walking and talking with a cold beer and a a meat fork in your hands was a great way to make for an evening.
                 
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                  ann peeples

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                  RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 4:25 PM (permalink)
                  Yes!!Prime Quarter is the name...One in Green Bay, one in Milwaukee.
                   
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                    Barney

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                    RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 4:34 PM (permalink)
                    There used to be a Grate Steak in Hampton VA which I frequented! Had a great salad bar and I loved to cook my steak over the live charcoal! It sadly closed last year and to my knowledge there is only one on Military highway in Norfolk which I have visited but somehow it just wasn't as good as the one we had here. I believe they are a local chain and was started in Norfolk in 1984.
                     
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                      RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 4:39 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by annpeeples

                      Yes!!Prime Quarter is the name...One in Green Bay, one in Milwaukee.
                      There's one in Madison, as well. Never too impressed with the experience. Only went with a group for a office event or party, etc. Beef quality is not that great...I'd rather stay home and cook my own. Also, if you go out it's nice to have it cooked for you for the same money.
                       
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                        mayor al

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                        RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 5:40 PM (permalink)
                        North of Madison,WI is "Hookers on the River" near Poynette. It does a fixed-price Steak Dinner ($18.95), You choose the cut and the individual steak and grill it on a large grill in this river-edge low-key restaurant. We like to stop there when in the area. The meat is very good, the prices are reasonable and the ambience is a real road-food environment. We have heard they have great Friday nite fish fries, but have never attended one.

                        Here is their website. I recommend the place for a novel experience!
                        http://www.hookersresort.com/lake-wisconsin-restaurants.asp

                        And a couple of Photos of the Grill-It-Yourself Choices.












                         
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                          FoodBully

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                          RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 6:02 PM (permalink)
                          There is a steak house like that here in Little Rock called "The Butcher Shop". I think at one time it was part of a chain. After a move to a new location the emphasis on cooking your own steaks was diminished, although it is still an option.

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                            Big Kahuna Kooks

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                            RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 6:03 PM (permalink)
                            a co-worker told me of an old style florida motel-cabin on the indian river that has a similar concept that is very popular with the locals. a cashier has either a strip, rib or pismo filet and whacks off a piece according to how thick you indicate. It's weighed and you cook it over a long outdoor grill. I'll try to get more info but its supposeddly a RF rustic kinda place.
                             
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                              Big Kahuna Kooks

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                              RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 6:06 PM (permalink)
                              Hey Al...nice pics. I see you like your steak pittsburg style?
                               
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                                mayor al

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                                RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 02/28/08 7:44 PM (permalink)
                                Pittsburg style??

                                Rustic is a good descriptor of Hooker's Resort!
                                 
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                                  Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                  RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Fri, 02/29/08 11:49 AM (permalink)
                                  Pittsburg known also as black n blu: a steak charred on the outside and rare inside.
                                   
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                                    mayor al

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                                    RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Fri, 02/29/08 12:04 PM (permalink)
                                    Yep, It was charred outside and pretty red inside...I lost patience trying to reach the 'pink inside stage'.

                                    I visited the Iowa Beef steak House in Des Moines some years ago. It was described in one of the earlier editions of Stern's Roadfood Books. Same sort of process. The beef was great! I did the 2 large pork chops one time and they were not so good...My Fault, I pushed them too hard into the Way overdone catagory. I am not sure if that place is still open.
                                     
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                                      MiamiDon

                                      RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Fri, 02/29/08 1:42 PM (permalink)
                                      There was a place like that in the Ft. Lauderdale area about 25 years ago. My girlfriend of the time thought the whole idea was absurd, so I never did get around to going...
                                       
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                                        RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Mon, 03/3/08 6:53 PM (permalink)
                                        We have one of those in Appleton called Grillin. Very good. Used to have a rime Quarter but that closed down. What Grillin does is have all their steak dinners the same price. For $2 more they will cook it for you if you wish. You get the salad bar and they have all you can eat baked potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes. They have all you can eat Texas toast that you can brush melted butter on and grill with your meat. Also they have all kinds of seasonings and they can also marinate it for you at a charge.
                                         
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                                          mayor al

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                                          RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Mon, 03/3/08 7:02 PM (permalink)
                                          2005,
                                          I wonder if the folks from Hookers are related or connected to the place you describe. The dinners at Hookers are $18.95 no matter what cut of steak you select and they will cook it for you for a couple of bucks more. As you see on my dinner plate (above) I don't toast bread very well !
                                           
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                                            will_work_4_bbq

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                                            RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Mon, 03/3/08 7:19 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

                                            2005,
                                            I wonder if the folks from Hookers are related or connected to the place you describe. The dinners at Hookers are $18.95 no matter what cut of steak you select and they will cook it for you for a couple of bucks more. As you see on my dinner plate (above) I don't toast bread very well !


                                            But your steak looks wonderful!

                                            I went to one of the cook-your-own places many years ago in Knoxville. I enjoyed it.
                                             
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                                              RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Tue, 03/4/08 2:58 PM (permalink)
                                              There used to be one of these cook your own steak houses in the Quad Cities out in Milan called The Oaks that closed back in the '80's and I visited one in downtown Bay City MI a few years back called Hereford & Hops (it has since closed). Most folks hated to cook their own opting for the kitchen to cook it for them at a higher price. I sure miss these on occasion.
                                               
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                                                ces1948

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                                                RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Tue, 03/4/08 11:21 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by Big Kahuna Kooks

                                                a co-worker told me of an old style florida motel-cabin on the indian river that has a similar concept that is very popular with the locals. a cashier has either a strip, rib or pismo filet and whacks off a piece according to how thick you indicate. It's weighed and you cook it over a long outdoor grill. I'll try to get more info but its supposeddly a RF rustic kinda place.


                                                There is or used to be such a place as described above in Stuart, Fl however it was on I believe the St. Lucie river (very close to the Indian river)They had a dock on the river out back and you could tie up your boat and come in and cook your steak. I can't for the life of me recall the name but I'm pretty sure "Dock" was part of the name.
                                                 
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                                                  Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                                  RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Wed, 03/5/08 8:26 AM (permalink)
                                                  could be...i only was there once. It was typical old florida. We stayed overnight in the motel and you couldn't shut the bathroom door and stand at the sink.
                                                   
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                                                    hawgbones

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                                                    RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Thu, 03/6/08 7:48 PM (permalink)
                                                    In Bandera, TX at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar (www.11thstreetcowboybar.com) they have a BYOS(s stands for steak) night with huge outdoor woodburning grills. They give you the spices and sides. I was not able to eat there that night due having to get to the Steak Night in Waring, TX.(www.steaknite.com) Both offer some of the best Hill Country music. Waring was a great experience and I have a feeling 11th Street would have been a great party with great food, cold beer and awsome country music.

                                                    If you have been to any of these places let me know what you think.

                                                     
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                                                      Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                                      RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Fri, 03/7/08 10:49 AM (permalink)
                                                      I spent 3 years in Houston, but never went to either of these establishments.
                                                       
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                                                        RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Mon, 03/17/08 3:16 AM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

                                                        2005,
                                                        I wonder if the folks from Hookers are related or connected to the place you describe. The dinners at Hookers are $18.95 no matter what cut of steak you select and they will cook it for you for a couple of bucks more. As you see on my dinner plate (above) I don't toast bread very well !



                                                        Dont know. The bread is different than what you have pictured. Grillins is texas toast. I am also wondering if they get the meat right from our local meat market. Sure looks familier and too good to be from a regular store. This is a Verhagen that owns this place. Very good. I thought Mom wouldnt like the concept but she loved it. She had a nice piece of grilled haddock that she loved. She had them cook it though.
                                                         
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                                                          RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Tue, 03/18/08 3:28 AM (permalink)
                                                          Let me get this straight. You pay an inflated price for a steak and then you have to cook it yourself? What a concept.
                                                           
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                                                            mayor al

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                                                            RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? Tue, 03/18/08 5:06 PM (permalink)
                                                            tkitna
                                                            Take a closer look at the steaks on the grill in my photos above. Paying less than $20 for a steak dinner that size is not common in this area. If you add the charge for "they cook it", it is still not out of line for med-priced steak houses of the 'Roadhouse' or 'Outback' style.
                                                            Frankly I have paid a lot more to receive a lot less at some restaurants.
                                                             
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