RE: Peter Lugers?
Sun, 03/30/08 11:23 AM
Travelin Man..Just a point. I do not think Metro in Seattle serves prime beef. I'm pretty sure about that. I've been there and yes, I was not impressed with their NY strip steak, either. I know the Capital Grille doesn't serve prime grade either. Perhaps some others on that list of your's may not either?
I feel this is a very important distinction in making a comparison and touting Peter Luger's as the "Best Steakhouse" in America. You are pretty firm on that. But, it has to be an "apples to apples" comparison right? That should take into account the cut of meat, the grade and I firmly believe price. Especially the price. Anyone can serve the best quality, if you charge enough for it. Show me a place that serves a great steak at a fair price and that place would be on any list I'd put together.
Hey, I'd love to have tried many of the places you are mentioning that "do not compare" to Luger's, but frankly I never had a business expense account. I'm retired and there are choices in life we all make. I never could deal with NYC steakhouse prices on any type of frequent basis. My visits were usually "event driven." I've been to Luger's several times, Bern's, The Old Homestead, Ruth Chris, Metropolitan and a few others. My point is more about "lists" or "Best". Hey, I'm an offender, too. I contend Bob Cat Bite is the best burger in the USA. Many also agree. But, it is easier to compare a burger..There are no grades, cuts, etc. Apples to apples..That's all I'm saying here.
I noticed you had very, very few NYC restaurants on your list. Luger's steak is a porterhouse..that's how they've made their bones. Contrary to another poster, who mentions they have a "few" other cuts. When you go to Lugers folks, you order "steak for 2, 3, 4." That brings out a porterhouse to the table every time..
Perhaps the comparison should be a porterhouse from Luger's to say a porterhouse from someplace like Doe's in Mississippi? I'd think a comparison should also take into account the price. Anybody want to chime in on this? Please feel free. THIS POST IS NOT MEANT TO START AN ARGUMENT!
I've been to Luger's and loved the steak...Parts of it, that is. No, I do not like a porterhouse steak and would never order one, if I had a choice. I happen to like a Kansas City Strip Steak, a NY Strip Steak...Call it what you will. It's from the short loin and I like the texture much better. It is a much firmer, meatier taste IMHO. No, you'll not get a combination of textures that you'll get with a porterhouse.
Travlin Man, I don't think you've compared apples to apples so while we can all appreciate that it gets your vote as The Best Steakhouse in the country, I think that may not be correct. It may be the oldest, the most traditional looking and most famous....I'll grant you that. And, it may serve the best prime grade "porthouse" steak in the country..It was the best I've ever had, too. But, I never got to Doe's in Mississippi through the state (my bad!). Anyone been to Lugers and Doe's? Boy, I'd love to hear from them. Compare the price, not atmosphere, of course. Just the steak.
As for me, I would love to hear from other roadfoodies as to who they think serves the best Prime Grade "Strip Loin" in the country? If this has already been done, just refer me and forget duplicating the same post. We've had enough "I'm Starting a Restaurant" and "Harold's" posts for a lifetime already.
Roadfoodies..What about a NY strip from Spark's, Del Frisco's, The Homestead, or a KC Strip from a palce in Nebraska, Kansas or Colorado?.....Thanks and no disrespect to The Travlin Man.