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post #46 of 70
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Ray's The Steaks, just outside of DC, is great. The hand-cut strip is awesome, provided that you can put up with the service and decor.

+1. Just ate there the day before yesterday, in fact.
post #47 of 70
Hrm, oddly, we ate there once and neither of us were terribly fond of the steak. They were well-cooked but we didn't like the bitter taste of the crust they do. Everyone seems to love it, except for us. I liked the environment, talking to Ray, taking my bottle of wine home, and the price.
post #48 of 70
Carlton -- dig Teh Boondocks avatar.

Ate at Ray's The Classics the other day. Service was lackluster, as was the decor/setting. Food was OK, even good, but not memorable. I think the best steak I've had in the DC area was at Morton's. I've been to Prime Rib, The Palm, Smith & W, Sam & Harry's, Blackie's, etc. and while most have been good, I just haven't really felt they were truly great. I have a soft spot for Hereford House in KCMO, too.
post #49 of 70
I just glanced over this thread but I didn't see anyone mention any steakhouses near Phoenix or Scottsdale, and I think that Mastro's steakhouse in Scottsdale is easily my favorite steakhouse. I've eaten at quite a few of the steakhouses listed here, but the bone-in ribeye I have ordered at Mastro's is simply out of this world plus like most places in Scottsdale, the ambience is amazing as well.
post #50 of 70
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Carlton -- dig Teh Boondocks avatar.

Ate at Ray's The Classics the other day. Service was lackluster, as was the decor/setting. Food was OK, even good, but not memorable. I think the best steak I've had in the DC area was at Morton's. I've been to Prime Rib, The Palm, Smith & W, Sam & Harry's, Blackie's, etc. and while most have been good, I just haven't really felt they were truly great. I have a soft spot for Hereford House in KCMO, too.

I have not eaten at Ray's the Classics yet, but everything I've read about indicates that there isn't much special about it aside from it being in the same family as Ray's The Steaks.

I've made the rounds and eaten at Ruth's Chris, Morton's, The Palm, and a few others over the years. You'd think that there would be a place in DC to get a superlative steak, but each one has its limitations.
post #51 of 70
The best steak dinner I've had in DC was at Charlie Palmer. My friend insists that Capital Grille is the best in the city. The others I've been to in DC (Smith & Wollensky, Bobby Van's, Sam & Harry's) are good, not great.
post #52 of 70
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The best steak dinner I've had in DC was at Charlie Palmer. My friend insists that Capital Grille is the best in the city. The others I've been to in DC (Smith & Wollensky, Bobby Van's, Sam & Harry's) are good, not great.


I've mentioned this in another thread but I concur... The best steak dinner I've had was also at Charlie Palmer's... Though I was in Vegas not DC...
post #53 of 70
I am a sucker for the Lugers porterhouse...honorable mention for Striphouse, diffferent but very good

Best Filet - Sparks (although one was not as good as others)

Best Experiences Overall - Mark Joseph and Del Frisco's, liked 'em both...Del Frisco's more grandiose, wider array of items...Mark Joseph, great steak, low key, killer blueberry cobbler

Excellent (and a special place for me) Gallaghers where my parents took me for my 21st B'day...bonus points for the mustard sauce

Best value - Currently is Knickerbocker by NYU, solid porterhouse is $35 pp including big side dishes. Rest of menu is expensive but not to the same degree as the big boys. Only steakhouse I have been to recently where you can legitimately get a great emal for under $100 including a drink or two.


Worth Going To - Mortons, never a bad meal save for bad service in Boston which was recognized by another server who provided a free round of drinks. They have some good unadvertised specials if you sign up for their mailing list and don't mind asking for a special at that type of establishment. In NY I feel their are too many choices to go to a "chain" but if I had the $$$ to eat at steakhouses more often or worked nearby I would certainly keep it in the rotation. The meat cart routine is good once.


Unimpressive - Old Homestead, overpriced, not very good

Jury Still Out - Smith & Wollensky, the main dining room was just OK, seafood platter was very impressive but $$$$, steak was not as good as others mentioned but still very good...for $50 a piece of meat better be damn good for me to return...on a seperate note, the grill has a $25 steak sandwich that I enjoyed very much...if I feel like splurging its about $12 more than a decent burger in this crazy town

Only place I have been to out-of-town was Grill 23 in Boston which was very good/great service/great ambiance/better menu variety than most steakhouses and Mortons in Boston which was also very solid.

I had a great steak at a place tha I think was called Pen-and-Pencil in Lancaster Co./Amish Country PA.

I love a good steak once a month or so...I try to only eat prime steaks and subscribe to the quality over quantity philosophy when it comes to steak. That said, a good night out was typically $100 give or take a few bucks....$30+ for the steak $10-$20 on shared apps, sides and desserts and $15 - $20 on two drinks or splitting a bottle of OK wine (maybe a few bucks more if we had a decent bottle). Now if we go out its a minimum $150 and often times $200 if my idiot friend decides to order $100 bottles for the table. The price is nearly prohibitive and makes it a lot harder to enjoy when you are not their on an expense account.
This year I have been to Del Frisco's, Knickerbocker and Wollensky's Grill...nothing else so far.
post #54 of 70
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The best steak dinner I've had in DC was at Charlie Palmer. My friend insists that Capital Grille is the best in the city. The others I've been to in DC (Smith & Wollensky, Bobby Van's, Sam & Harry's) are good, not great.

Interesting, as the worst steak I have had in DC was at Charlie Palmer. The best I have had was a bone-in rib eye at Ray's The Steaks. And the price can't be beat.
post #55 of 70
I like Cap Grille, but the USDA choice thing kind of irks me. Don't some of the great hotels in DC offer good steak? Actually, one of the best steak dinners I've ever had was at a Ritz Carlton Dining Room.
post #56 of 70
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117 View Post
7. JJ's (Pasadena, CA)

My first and only experience there was terrible. Good food IIRC but the service was downright insulting.
post #57 of 70
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Originally Posted by gamelan View Post
wow, two joints in pasadena. looks like i got some eatin' to do.

-Jeff

Those two are on there, I bet, because the OP is from Los Angeles. I doubt anyone outside of the county (no r) has heard of them.
post #58 of 70
Steakhouses are the McDonald's of fine dining.
post #59 of 70
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Steakhouses are the McDonald's of fine dining.
Disagree. We had a whole discussion about how in Japanese food, simplicity is considered elegant. Why would you do anything to mask the flavor of a perfect cut of beef? The role of the steakhouse is to procure, fabricate, and prepare the best possible ingredients while highlighting their natural flavors. There are so many differences between steakhouses that have very similar menus, there must be some skill required.
post #60 of 70
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Steakhouses are the McDonald's of fine dining.

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Disagree. We had a whole discussion about how in Japanese food, simplicity is considered elegant. Why would you do anything to mask the flavor of a perfect cut of beef? The role of the steakhouse is to procure, fabricate, and prepare the best possible ingredients while highlighting their natural flavors. There are so many differences between steakhouses that have very similar menus, there must be some skill required.

Some skill, yes.

I think steakhouses really are the McDonalds of fine dining, but truth be told, I like McDonalds now and then.
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