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Big Kahuna Kooks
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Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 11:31 AM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 11:39 AM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 11:40 AM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 11:44 AM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 12:45 PM
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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.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 12:51 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 2:43 PM
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We still have those in Wisconsin-the name escapes me....

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 3:09 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 4:25 PM
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Yes!!Prime Quarter is the name...One in Green Bay, one in Milwaukee.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 4:34 PM
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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
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 5:40 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 6:02 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 6:03 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 02/28/08 6:06 PM
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Hey Al...nice pics. I see you like your steak pittsburg style?

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

Rustic is a good descriptor of Hooker's Resort!

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

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Fri, 02/29/08 12:04 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Fri, 02/29/08 1:42 PM
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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
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 03/3/08 7:02 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 03/3/08 7:19 PM
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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
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Tue, 03/4/08 11:21 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 03/5/08 8:26 AM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 03/6/08 7:48 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Fri, 03/7/08 10:49 AM
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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
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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
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Tue, 03/18/08 5:06 PM
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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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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Sun, 04/13/08 2:57 AM
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That is true. The quality of Grillins steaks was the same as what I get from Heans and cook myself.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Sun, 04/13/08 7:22 AM
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The place on the St Lucie river in Stuart Fl is called the Deck and it is still there as far as I know, just to the north of Rosevelt bridge Rt 1 on the west side I go by it many times a week and it looks open.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Sun, 04/13/08 7:35 AM
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Originally posted by tkitna

Let me get this straight. You pay an inflated price for a steak and then you have to cook it yourself? What a concept.


Now if only this idea can be stretched to having the customers wash their own dishes....

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Fri, 09/25/09 5:51 PM
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There was such a place in Knoxville, TN several years ago.  I think it was called "The Butcher Shop" and it was on the Worlds Fair site.  Pretty good steaks!
 
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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Sun, 10/11/09 9:39 PM
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There is also one in Watertown Wisconsin called "Steakfire."

http://www.steakfire.com/


 At times in that area during the winter, it can get in the 20's below zero without any windchill. This could be why these places in the North can still hang on and not go under.  I used to grill out even when it got that cold but I found only charcoal would work.  The propane on the gas grill would get so cold that it lost all of the pressure and I could never get a decent flame on the gas grill when it was that cold. Run out the patio door, throw it on the Weber Kettle  and run right back in.  Got a bit cold on feet without shoes though.... Wife and guests though I was nuts but a few adult beverages helped.  But when winter ran Oct till late April, you make due.

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Sun, 10/11/09 11:12 PM
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Not to rain on everyones parade here..   but I'm curious as to how sanitary this is?   I mean, you touch the raw meat yourself, do you then put the meat back on the same plate/tray after cooked?   Then you're eating a salad with the same bacteria covered hands, utinsels?   How does this process work?

Oh, I'm sure everyone washes there hands really well before scarfing down the steak that's it! 

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Tue, 10/13/09 2:45 PM
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bwave


Not to rain on everyones parade here..   but I'm curious as to how sanitary this is?   I mean, you touch the raw meat yourself, do you then put the meat back on the same plate/tray after cooked?   Then you're eating a salad with the same bacteria covered hands, utinsels?   How does this process work?

Oh, I'm sure everyone washes there hands really well before scarfing down the steak that's it! 


Bwave,

It probably isn't 100 percent sure you are not going to keep it 100 percent perfect but I would say they try quite hard.  For example, (at the Steakfire) they would have you pull the steak(s) out on to a plate with a fresh tongs.  Every person would be required to use a fresh one and a waitress stood behind you as you did just to be sure.  Then she would take the tongs away from you after it was done.  Then you would grab fresh tongs from a just washed set as you walk over to the grill.  No different than if you were at a buffet.  After the meat was on the grill, a waitress brings you a fresh plate or platter depending on how many steaks you planned on putting on it after you cooked it.  The problem I saw was what if somebody undercooked the steak and got sick as a result?  I suspect that problem in solved by meat inspectors and hopefully not lawyers.

The best part of the experience was not the steak but the salad presentation.  Prior to cooking your steak, the waitress/waiter brings out a large tray with a salad bowl full of greens and every possible side a salad bar could ever see.  She tosses the salad with all your fixings right in front of you.  And honestly, the steak was very good.  Not the kind you would expect from a high end steak house but respectable for about $16.00

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Tue, 10/13/09 2:52 PM
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We had one in Marquette,Michigan called Steer and Stein, but it closed down a couple years ago. There is one in Escanaba,Michigan  called Hereford and Hops http://www.herefordandhops.com/MI_Dining_GrillYourOwn.aspx
We have never been there, as it seems a bit pricey. The one in Marquette was very good, though, and cheaper!

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Tue, 10/13/09 4:00 PM
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there is a place between leesport and reading,pa. called tailgaters that is a grill your own steak house.i haven't been there in some time but i believe it is still open.

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 12/23/09 11:48 AM
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Yes the Deck is the one I went to. It is truly a Mom & Pop roadside old Florida attraction. bkk

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 1:06 AM
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  The problem I saw was what if somebody undercooked the steak and got sick as a result?  I suspect that problem in solved by meat inspectors and hopefully not lawyers.

It's always been my belief that if you get crook from under-cooking your own meat, you only have yourself to blame.
Chefs have intuition about how meat cooks on the inside, others often don't.



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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 1:48 AM
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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.

Phil 3
 

Part of the "Butcher Shop" chain, there's also one in Dallas in the tourist oriented West End district. You have the option of grilling it yourself or have a cook grill it for you. Personally, it's way too gimmicky for me.


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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 6:46 AM
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In Stuart Fl no on the Indian River but The Sait Lucie River, next river over next to the Rosavelt Bridge it is called the Deck.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 6:49 AM
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The Deck

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 7:36 AM
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There was one in Waikiki, Hawaii in the early 70's. Catch a concert at the "HIC" then walk downtown to grill your own. Their grill was big enough for 10-12 people at a time so you could have some great conversations with people from all over.

If I remember correctly, you had a choice of 5 or 6 cuts of beef, chicken and pork. The grill waitstaff would bring over salad and potato (that's all they offered) and oh yes, they had $3 pitchers of some fruity sangria wine. I'm also remembering that the "Don Ho" place was next door. Boy, that was a long time ago. It must have been fun!

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Mon, 01/4/10 6:44 PM
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Billhat


The Deck


Is this a chain?  Isn't there a Deck somewhere around Daytona Beach?

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/6/10 11:07 AM
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I don't think so. The Deck is also a small motel. The restaurant is just a small part of it. bkk

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/6/10 11:16 AM
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Rube's Steakhouse in Waukee, IA and Montour.

Iowa Beef Steakhouse in Des Moines, IA.

Both great places.  There is a new place in West Des Moines, Caffrey's Steakhouse, i think....it is in a location that was named on CNN as one of the wort places for a business in America, so not putting much stock in that one.

These two have been around for decades.

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/6/10 11:26 AM
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There's one in Allegan, Michigan (between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo) called the Grill House.
http://grillhouse.net/
 
 
 

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/6/10 1:36 PM
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Rube's Steakhouse in Waukee, IA and Montour.

Iowa Beef Steakhouse in Des Moines, IA.

Both great places.  There is a new place in West Des Moines, Caffrey's Steakhouse, i think....it is in a location that was named on CNN as one of the wort places for a business in America, so not putting much stock in that one.

These two have been around for decades.


Iowa Beef Steakhouse was in one of the early editions of RF...

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/6/10 8:46 PM
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Billhat


The Deck


Is this a chain?  Isn't there a Deck somewhere around Daytona Beach?


it's called John A's house, but no ones ever invited

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 01/7/10 12:53 PM
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Two points to add.

My  better half told me to add her point-of-view regarding the grill-it-yourself concept. While the ambience is 'fun' and casual, she goes 'out to eat' to avoid doing the cooking, so I find myself alone at the grill (with other husbands!) while the ladies seem to enjoy chatting over a drink or two and the big salad bowl that is delivered to the table while we men sweat over the hot coals.  In a sense it is the best of both worlds. She gets to supervise from a distance, and I get to drink a brew or two while playing with the steaks, but indoors in an A/C environment!

I am very pleased to read that the Iowa Beef Steak House is still in operation. Has anyone been there (fairly) recently?  Our last visit was over 10 years ago and the place was looking kinds run-down and shopworn at that time. The food was very good, but the carpeting was really threadbare and the wall decor  was almost at the Level of Louis Muellers Famous Smokey Gym Dining Hall.

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Thu, 01/7/10 2:30 PM
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I"ve eaten At Captain Ed's in Point Pleasant N.J. where you cook your own "Steak On A Stone" I had a Ribeye with onions and peppers It was delicious!! Cool Place But Packed in the Summer!! they have Artichokes francaice as an appetizer!! Delicious Ive only had it better at one other place!!

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RE: Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 01/13/10 3:38 PM
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There was a grill-it-yourself steak place in Beloit, WI that I ate at in December of 2004 but I have not been able to find it through internet searches.  Was this a Steakfire restaurant that is now closed?

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 02/10/10 3:51 AM
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The best part of the experience was not the steak but the salad presentation.  Prior to cooking your steak, the waitress/waiter brings out a large tray with a salad bowl full of greens and every possible side a salad bar could ever see.  She tosses the salad with all your fixings right in front of you.


the waitress/waiter brings out a large tray with a salad bowl full of greens and every possible side a salad bar could ever see.  She tosses the salad with all your fixings right in front of you.

In really good restaurants especially some of the high end Italian Restaurants the large bowl the salad was mixed in sat in an even larger bowl of ice, with a small amount of water. The whole experience at that time was called "Romancing the Salad".

It usually consisted of a team with the salad prep person standing behind the waiter, handing him the ingredients one at a time and the waiter spinning the center bowl with one hand while adding the ingredients with the other. They did this all the while keeping up a constant chatter about how the condiments were the freshest in the world, that the tomatoes came from Senior Joe's garden that day, that the onions were chopped just moments ago, and what parts of the world they came from etc, etc. I haven't seen that in a long time, and it was fun to watch. It always seemed they were the best salads I have ever eaten.

Jack


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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 02/10/10 4:01 AM
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By the way we have one here in Springfield (cook your own steakhouse) called  Alexander's it's at the corner of Bruns Lane, & Jefferson and they carry 13 USDA Steaks to choose from. Last time I was there the food was very good.

The next time Brad, or Buddy Roadhouse, Greg, Chicagostyle, or any one comes to town on a Sunday we will go. For those of you with a GPS it's 620 Bruns Lane Springfield, Illinois.

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Re:Does anyone remember Grill it Yourself? - Wed, 02/10/10 9:15 AM
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Dr of BBQ


By the way we have one here in Springfield (cook your own steakhouse) called  Alexander's it's at the corner of Bruns Lane, & Jefferson and they carry 13 USDA Steaks to choose from. Last time I was there the food was very good.



Been to the Alexander's in Peoria and was not impressed. The salad bar area was a disaster with food and mositure all over the floor in front of it and a a trail leading away. We had a party of 8 and because of different cooking times and different items cooked, we were rarely all sitting at the table at the same time. The guys in our party all loved it, drinks and hanging around the fire pit. The women not so much and I was the only one who did the fire pit thing, the rest ordered theirs cooked by staff which costs $2 more. Probably one of the worst family celebrations we have had in a restaurant.