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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/22 00:04:42 (permalink)

If anyone is ever passing through Delaware and you want some *good* steak/prime rib, I suggest going to Walter's Steak House. Their meat is absolutely amazing, and they serve extremely large poritions, so be careful what you order! When my family went there last, I ordered the "Queen Rib", my dad ordered the "Prime Rib", and my uncle ordered the "Adam's Rib", the largest cut. The rest of my family ordered Queen Ribs as well, or other entrees. When our food came out, my Queen Rib looked huge to *me*, and when the next piece of meat came out, my uncle mistook it for his, because it was *so* big, but the waiter was like, "No, this is the regular prime rib cut..."
When my uncle's Adam's Rib came out ... we stared in amazement at the *size* of this piece of meat. We joked for the rest of the evening that my uncle was eating an entire cow. It was absolutely fantastic :)

So if you get the chance, go to Walter's! You will love it, the food is excellent.

http://www.hoperothrock.com/walters/

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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/22 01:32:12 (permalink)
Ah, great steaks. Believe it or not there is a great Steak House in the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas. Fabulous meat! Harris's on Van Ness Ave in San Francisco is great also, they have a large ranch in the San Joaquin Valley and Butcher and sell their own meat. We have a very good steak house here in San Diego, Called the "Red Fox", on El Cajon Boulevard.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/25 00:06:14 (permalink)
Could I simply ask for some clarifications?

I would appreciate if people could give an idea of how much these places cost, and the atmosphere. To expound on the latter, I prefer a sawdust-on-the-floor type place than the suit/tie type places.

Thanks?
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/25 06:51:12 (permalink)
In NYC, Gallagher's Steak House.
In Ithaca, NY, John Thomas Steakhouse.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/25 08:26:56 (permalink)
I have eaten in all the big name steak joints in NYC and was FLOORED by the steak at Bobby Vans. I had been there years ago and was not impressed, but recently went for a buisness meal. Now I would never pay $39 for a steak, but the rib-eye was amazing !
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/25 09:02:15 (permalink)
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I have eaten in all the big name steak joints in NYC and was FLOORED by the steak at Bobby Vans. I had been there years ago and was not impressed, but recently went for a buisness meal. Now I would never pay $39 for a steak, but the rib-eye was amazing !




That's interesting. My friends and I go out for steak about six time a year, and ate at Bobby Van's once -- three years ago, just like you. We considered it in the middle of the pack, and never bothered returning. But, perhaps we should.

I assume you went to the BV near Grand Central Station. A new one just opened, in the East 50s of Manhattan. Haven't heard anything about it yet.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/25 10:03:42 (permalink)
Most of the ones I like the best have already been mentioned here (Hereford House, Ruth's Chris, St. Elmos), so I'll mention a couple that haven't made it on here yet. If you ever find yourself in Bloomington, IN check out Janko's Little Zagreb on 6th St. It's definitely not fancy and there aren't a lot of choices in sides or appetizers. In fact, if I remember correctly, one of the few appetizer choices is cheese and crackers. On the other hand, this is not an a la carte place. One price gets you a steak, potato and salad. The steaks are wonderful. The sirloin for two is huge and I've never even come close to finishing it, no matter who the other person was. I've also tried the strip and the t-bone there and I've never been disappointed. Definitely get the sauteed mushrooms to share around the table as well.

On the other end of the fancy scale is where I went for Valentine's Day. We were in Chicago and went to Keefer's on W. Kinzie St. It's only been there a year or two but I have a feeling it will be there a while. It was excellent and a cool atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows. I had the ribeye and they gave you a choice of light or heavy marbling. Being a special occasion I went for the heavy and the flavor was superb. We all got a different side as they had about five kinds of potatoes. The highlight was the potato croquettes with a fontina cheese sauce. I would definitely go back which is high praise given all the other steak choices in Chicago.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/26 14:07:24 (permalink)
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That's interesting. My friends and I go out for steak about six time a year, and ate at Bobby Van's once -- three years ago, just like you. We considered it in the middle of the pack, and never bothered returning. But, perhaps we should.

I assume you went to the BV near Grand Central Station. A new one just opened, in the East 50s of Manhattan. Haven't heard anything about it yet.

Yes, Phil I was very suprised , although my companions all said it was a great place. Have not been uptown yet. Any one been tothe Peter Lugers in Great Neck ? I hear it's not as good as the one in Brooklyn. Also, the former maitre d' from Lugers' just opened his own place on Park and 34th in what used to be Col. Vanderbilts' private railroad station.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/26 14:32:52 (permalink)
Minerva's in Sioux City, Iowa serves up a mean rib eye. Excellent!
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/26 17:51:06 (permalink)
Rex Allen, try The Butcher Shop in National City, really good.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/02/26 18:05:15 (permalink)
The Porterhouse Bistro in Beverly Hills, CA, very nice prime beef with all the usual ala carte sides, very very good for the neighborhood and is just around the corner from Lawry's Prime Rib on La Cienege which is FANTASTIC.

Whole Foods market has a dry aged prime beef case with several different cuts. I have found them to be the ultimate for cook-at-home when you like it RARE. Just a little freshly chopped garlic rubbed over it in a white hot cast iron skillet heated on the Cajun Cooker to be the way to go. Really wonderful when you want to eat in your p'jamas.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/02 14:42:08 (permalink)
I grew up near Omaha where Johnny's was the Gold Standard for steak houses. I've been back a few times in the last five years and was enormously disappointed. Don't know if it was that it didn't live up to my expectations or it's gone downhill.

I agree on Embers in Des Moines, Gene & Georgetti's in Chi, and Golden Ox in K.C.--all are great.

I live near downtown L.A., now a steak mecca thanks to Staples Center and all the dining sports fans. My favorites are Pacific Dining Car (none better, and they have a great wine guy) and Taylor's--much cheaper, in Koreatown, and a great steak for the money as well as great old-time, "red leather seats, horse prints on the wall" atmosphere. I also like the Figueroa branch of the Palms.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/04 12:29:38 (permalink)
Good discussion of Peter Luger's, as well as Bern's in Tampa, Florida, in Jeffrey Steingarten's latest book, It Must've Been Something I Ate.

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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/16 23:37:41 (permalink)
Originally posted by mbalmer

Here's my top five. I thought I'd include a little more information than normal for people (like me) who budget their cash.

5. Indian Hills Steaks in Norman, OK ($$). Prime rib is far above average for a very average price. Fries are seasoned and crispy, which merits an above average score in my book any day.

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Hey, I agree but you forgot to mention the Indian fry bread, those wonderful delicious gut bombs!!
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 00:20:13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by mbalmer

Here's my top five. I thought I'd include a little more information than normal for people (like me) who budget their cash.

5. Indian Hills Steaks in Norman, OK ($$). Prime rib is far above average for a very average price. Fries are seasoned and crispy, which merits an above average score in my book any day.

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Hey, I agree but you forgot to mention the Indian fry bread, those wonderful delicious gut bombs!!



Gut bombs? Sounds, um, yummy....
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 06:24:56 (permalink)
Anyone ever try Ray's The Steaks in Virginia? I've tried to go a couple of times, but they are always booked. (I guess there's the answer ...)
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 10:26:25 (permalink)
Ate at St. Elmo's while in Indy for the Big 10 BB tourney. Excellent except if you are going to serve me a ribeye, give me the bone.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 10:42:45 (permalink)
Several people have mentioned the Golden Ox in Kansas City. That long-lived institution actually went out of business a few months ago. Fortunately, someone negotiated a deal with the owner and reopened the place a couple weeks later. I have no idea how much, if at all, the restaurant has changed under its new management.

If you're in Arkansas, a steak at Doe's is definitely worth a try. I've eaten at the Doe's in Fayetteville, and the food there is excellent. They sell steak by the pound, not by the ounce, and the MINIMUM weight on a sirloin was three pounds. That's what I had, and it was flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth steak of the old school. A real treat.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 11:53:37 (permalink)
If you are ever in Toronto, try a little place called Black and Blue. The interesting twist on this place is that not only does it serve a great steak, but it shares a communal dining area and kitchen with a very good italian Restaurant.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/03/17 11:58:30 (permalink)
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I have to second Hillbillys number 6 choice, the Chicago Chop House. I ate there about 8 years ago while in Chicago for several days on business. Food was excellent, decor was very interesting. There was also a great Italian restaurant a few blocks away on the same street the Chop House is just off of. I can't remember the name, but the entrance was inside a corner bakery.


Next time you go to Chicago, avoid the Chop House. Unfortunately, it's not what it once was. I've been there twice over the past year, with customers. I had a filet so full of gristle there that I couldn't chew through it. I've heard similar complaints from others. It's too bad.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/03 13:28:51 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bill B.

Several people have mentioned the Golden Ox in Kansas City. That long-lived institution actually went out of business a few months ago. Fortunately, someone negotiated a deal with the owner and reopened the place a couple weeks later. I have no idea how much, if at all, the restaurant has changed under its new management.

If you're in Arkansas, a steak at Doe's is definitely worth a try. I've eaten at the Doe's in Fayetteville, and the food there is excellent. They sell steak by the pound, not by the ounce, and the MINIMUM weight on a sirloin was three pounds. That's what I had, and it was flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth steak of the old school. A real treat.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/03 13:36:31 (permalink)
OOPS!

My follow up to Bill B's message didn't go through.

I say, say it ain't so!! We're planning the Great American Roadtrip this summer (VA to IA, SD, ID, OR, CA, Four Corners, panhandle of TX and home again) and the one stop my 16 year old son wants to add to our itinerary is for a great steak in Kansas City.

My dad ate at the Golden Ox 40+ years ago while on the campaign trail and my husband ate there about 7 years ago and pronounced it wonderful. We were hoping to go there this summer.

If anyone has eaten at the reborn Golden Ox, can you post a review?

Thanks,

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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/03 16:20:55 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Furgs

OOPS!

My follow up to Bill B's message didn't go through.

I say, say it ain't so!! We're planning the Great American Roadtrip this summer (VA to IA, SD, ID, OR, CA, Four Corners, panhandle of TX and home again) and the one stop my 16 year old son wants to add to our itinerary is for a great steak in Kansas City.

My dad ate at the Golden Ox 40+ years ago while on the campaign trail and my husband ate there about 7 years ago and pronounced it wonderful. We were hoping to go there this summer.

If anyone has eaten at the reborn Golden Ox, can you post a review?

Thanks,

Furgs


It looks like the Golden Ox Reopened as their website is up and active. www.goldenox.com I ate there about 4 years ago and it was great!
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/16 23:25:07 (permalink)
Here's my Top Ten:

1. Chicago Chop House
2. Brook's Steak House & Cellar - Greenwood Village (Denver), Colorado
3. Ruth's Chris (The Original) - New Orleans
4. The Bull Ring - Santa Fe
5. Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House - Dallas
6. Manny's - Minneapolis
7. III Forks - Dallas
8. Rainwater's on Kettner - San Diego
9. The Old Homestead - New York
10. Cattlemen's Steak House - Oklahoma City
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/17 10:21:39 (permalink)
Here are my favorties. Although they are not in order of favorties, my #1 will always be #1 in my book.

1. PETER LUGER (Brooklyn, NY)
2. Ruth's Chris (New Orleans & others)
3. The Speckled Perch (Okeechobee, FL)
4. Sparks (Manhattan, NYC)
5. Gene & Georgetti's (Chicago, IL)
6. Cattleman's (Ft. Worth, TX)
7. Cattleman's (Oklahoma City, OK)
8. Morton's (Chicago & others)
9. Bern's (Tampa)
10. Raindancer (West Palm Beach, FL)

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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/17 14:42:00 (permalink)
Hmmmmm, the best? My top 3 picks are as follows

1. The Goldon Ox - Kansas City, MO (Hands down the GREATEST)
2. The Big Texan Steak Ranch - Amarillo, TX
3. DJ's Steakhouse - Canon City, CO
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/17 14:44:49 (permalink)
Oops, I forgot one...

My fourth choice would have to be the Steak Pit in New Orleans, LA.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/21 02:07:58 (permalink)
In Carlstadt NJ on route 17 south Steve's Sizzling Steaks,serves the steaks right from the oven,great porter house,and love their steak fries.Your best bet is early in the week,on Friday's and Saturday's
the wait is usually at least an hour.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/22 08:38:54 (permalink)
Tried Wolfgang's last night, a new steak house in Manhattan owned/operated by a former Peter Luger's waiter.

Like many people who've written here, I'm a big, big fan of Peter Luger's.

I might, just might, like Wolfgang's better. And two of the other five guys I was with said the same thing. The others are holding out until we make a return visit to Luger's next month.

Wolfgang's is clearly inspired by Luger's. The menu is essentially the same (although, unlike Luger's, I actually saw a menu. I've been to Luger's 20 times, easily, and have never seen a menu. Nor asked for one.) The steak is served the same way: sliced porterhouse on a sizzling hot plate. Juicy pieces of lamb that were comparable to Luger's. The German potatoes, shrimp, tomato and onion...all exactly the same. We had cheesecake, pecan pie and chocolate mousse cake for dessert. All similar to Luger's, but the pecan pie was even better -- and I don't even like pecan pie. All of these, of course, were accompanied by a big bowl of whipped cream (schlag).

Why do I think I might prefer Wolfgang's? Both the steak and lamb were the slightest bit tastier to me. The desserts were better. The creamed spinach was a little less heavy. And, while no one has ever ordered a salad in the history of my boys-nights out, I saw other tables with salads that looked clearly superior to those of Luger's. And, finally, while we also didn't order this, they offer a seafood-tower appetizer that looked incredible.

What's different from Luger's? The place is new, for one thing, with sloped ceilings a la Grand Central Station (if anyone here has ever been to Guastavino's in NYC, the architect is the same.) As a result, it is INCREDIBLY LOUD. The six of us at a round table had trouble communicating, and my throat is sore today. The waiters are certainly a bit more jovial than at Luger's, but I've never had a problem with the Luger waiters.

In the end, Luger's is Luger's. It has tradition on its side. It was first as far as its kind of steak house in the NY area. But Wolfgang's is very, very comparable. And, lazy as I can be, it was nice that I didn't have to go out to Brooklyn. Of course, someone in Brooklyn might say the same thing about not having to come out to Manhattan to go to Wolfgang's.
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RE: Great Steakhouses 2004/04/22 09:51:15 (permalink)
Gene & Georgietti in Chicago.
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