~ Chuck's Steak Houses

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wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
2014/02/20 17:23:07
Growing up in Connecticut, I thought Chuck's was a local chain.
Over time they came and went ... I hear they started in Hawaii ... I found some in Florida that call themselves "The Original" ... The web site for the remaining ones in CT make it seem like they are the seamlessly connected to Chuck.
 
Who knows what the real story is?
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 18:19:57
I don't know what the story is, but back in the mid '60s I used to go to the Chuck's Steak House on the Post Road in Orange. It had this new thing called a salad bar. It was the first salad bar I'd ever seen, and I believe it was the first one in Connecticut.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 18:27:09
In the sixties, I used to frequent the one in La Jolla, Ca.  When I moved to Hawaii, the manager there told me the one in Honolulu was the original.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 18:47:13
I can remember going to one in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.  We went there with friends , many times, who loved the place.  I detest salad bars and did not think their steaks were really good, so those meals were not enjoyable to me.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 18:49:16
Come to think of it, it was at Chuck's that I found this great wine -- Mateuse.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 19:11:36
I had a friend  (very evil) who judged his dates according to what they would say when he ordered Mateus.  He had a date with a gal one night and ordered this poor excuse for a wine.  She said   "Ahhh,  Mateus; that's my juice!"   Last time he ever dated her!
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 19:35:28
We frequented Chuck's in Los Angeles all the time we lived there during the late sixties. Great food!
Once, when we vacationed in Maui during the early 70's, we usually had lunch at Chucks at least every other day that we were there. Loved it!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 19:38:24
Hey, I thought Mateuse was the bees knees. And then there was Lancers.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 19:52:05
Let us not forget, for special dinners at Chuck's...............................Andre's "cold duck"!!!!
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 20:12:26
Greymo

Let us not forget, for special dinners at Chuck's...............................Andre's "cold duck"!!!!

 
Especially if you wanted to impress that special lady.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 20:17:44
I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 20:23:43
Michael Hoffman

I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.

I guess you just did not know how to impress "that special gal".
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 20:29:20
If you really wanted to class up the joint, you could always order Champale.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 20:31:08
Greymo

Michael Hoffman

I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.

I guess you just did not know how to impress "that special gal".

That was never one of my strong points.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/20 22:30:55
Chuck's in Marina del Rey.  Long gone but they served a great lobster tail and steak combination.
 
Lancer's wine in California.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/21 07:33:34
Never heard of Chucks, but you all are making me laugh with the " good wine" references!!!
 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/21 09:24:55
Like Ann, I had never heard of Chuck's. They must have had trouble infiltrating the Supper Club Belt.
 
Why no link? Chuck's Steak Houses are still around. Although Chuck's wine list is seriously degraded from their heyday.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/21 11:44:20
Looks like they never made it to the Delaware Valley area
wallhd
Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/21 12:00:57
I must say that this thread is the first I time I have ever heard of Chuck's Steak House, but given the fact that Chuck is a Cornell "Hotelie" means that they are probably good places. LOL

Wally
Cornell '67
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/22 09:19:48
Michael Hoffman

Hey, I thought Mateuse was the bees knees. And then there was Lancers.

There you go! When I was in high school in the early 70's I was a bus boy at a Sheraton Motor Lodge. Those two were at the top of our wine list! And this week  playing in the lounge. Danny Mack!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/22 11:20:13
They also used the Lancer's bottles as salt and pepper shakers. Split size.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/22 19:01:52
mar52

They also used the Lancer's bottles as salt and pepper shakers. Split size.

Yes, I remember that now.  I had completely forgotten about those.
 
I can't think of a steakhouse chain that fills the niche that Chuck's did.  It wasn't as high-end as Fleming's or Ruth's, but they were better than Outback or similar places.
BarbaraCt
Cheeseburger
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/22 19:40:18
I think their menu was also printed ( painted ) on a wine bottle.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/22 22:57:03
Greymo

I had a friend  (very evil) who judged his dates according to what they would say when he ordered Mateus.  He had a date with a gal one night and ordered this poor excuse for a wine.  She said   "Ahhh,  Mateus; that's my juice!"   Last time he ever dated her!

What was with your friend. Our saying in the 70's when we used to go to Chuck's in Sherman Oaks (San Fernando Valley) was...."she likes Mateus......maybe she's !!!"
mar52
Sirloin
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/23 13:54:09
Our saying for that very same Chuck's in Sherman Oaks was... Let's go tip a table.

The bar there had a window looking out onto the Valley.

When it was time to get up for our meal, I turned in the chair which rotated with me. It was a rotating chair. When I did, the arm of the chair went under the table, tipping it and all of the drinks on top of it.

I still to this day say It Wasn't My Fault!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses 2014/02/24 01:14:00
mar52

Our saying for that very same Chuck's in Sherman Oaks was... Let's go tip a table.

The bar there had a window looking out onto the Valley.


Unfortunately, it wasn't as good a view as it was from Monty's Steak House in Westwood-----on a clear day you could see Catalina Island from there!