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  • #81
    Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

    Originally posted by Motorboat Cruiser View Post
    I'm somewhat surprised that nobody mentioned the Trabuco Oaks steakhouse, which was long regarded as one of the better steaks in the area.

    Full disclosure: I've never actually eaten there, only heard many people rave about it years ago. For a good steak, I usually just wait until my next scheduled Vegas trip, then head over to Gallagher's, located in New York, New York. It's the second best steak I've ever had. The first was at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn and it was in a class all its own.


    See... now Peter Luger I've actually heard about and I'm not even in NY! But Trabuco Canyon? I never even HEARD of the place and I grew up in Orange County.

    But... Thanks for letting me know! I'll add it to the list.


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    • #82
      Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

      This is a great thread Coheteboy! Keep it up. Although, I salivate just by reading the descriptions. Lol

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      • #83
        Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

        Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
        Im sure it's a fine restaurant but Steakhouse it is not. Especially if they have Fried Chicken Sundays.

        I'll have to add that to list of places to try out though. They claim to be "Steaks & Chops" so.... we'll see!
        I've eaten there a couple times and it is definately not a steakhouse - BUT it is really good diner food and for the price, the steaks are decent. They have some sort of $12.95 dinner deal pretty much every day of the week and the inside is right out of the 50s. It's a fun little place to eat.

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        • #84
          Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

          Originally posted by DevilSaint View Post
          I've eaten there a couple times and it is definately not a steakhouse - BUT it is really good diner food and for the price, the steaks are decent. They have some sort of $12.95 dinner deal pretty much every day of the week and the inside is right out of the 50s. It's a fun little place to eat.

          Thanks for the review! I saw their website and was intrigued by how "retro" it was. I'll definitely try and hit it up sometime but since I don't live in Cypress anymore, Stanton isn't my backyard like it once was.


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          • #85
            Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

            Alright, based on some of your recommendations, I did try out PARK AVE in Stanton. A friend of mine just moved to Anaheim (but more like Stanton border) so we went and tried it out. For the price, it's very nice. The soup I got was delicious and served in a coffee mug. I ordered a filet mignon and well.. it wasn't the best I've had, but I'm spoiled after eating that $125 6oz waygu steak. The chef came around greeting each table which was cool.

            I didn't take pictures because it was a spur of the moment visit.



            BUT... tonight I was prepared for my visit to TAYLOR'S in Los Angeles (korea town actually) off 8th and Normandie.




            The bar greets you as you enter but the rest of the restaurant is dark, intimate, cozy... this restaurant has no windows for that reason







            For the value, this has to be a new favorite. It's like outback prices but you get a better piece of meat. Here's a glass of Scotch and a basket of Onion Rings ($4)



            Soup of the day was Split Pea Soup... very heavy



            The Crab Cakes were $14 and delicious




            But of course, it's the steak. Here's what I got: Bone-in Rib-Eye, Medium Rare. I think it was $25-30 and it was excellent. Temperature was perfect and it comes with a potato and a vegetable (not pictured). I think the soup or salad was included too.



            pictures of my friend's steaks









            We didn't stay for dessert but I'm sure it was delicious. The bill for five gentlemen who all had steaks, appetizers, cocktail, bottle of wine came out to $309 and change (before tip). Very very good for the money.






            This would be a 3.5-4 stars out of 5 on my scale.


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            • #86
              Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

              The place my wife and I like for steaks is the Gaslamp Strip Club in Downtown San Diego.

              It's a grill your own meat place, good sides and the prices are reasonable. The only draw back is the location, as the Gaslamp District is always packed, and the place tends to be on the noisey side. But no complaints about the food!

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              • #87
                Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                *Psssst* Hey steaklovers, yeah, I am talking to you.

                For those of you who would like to try Morton's, yet are cowed by the prices: Sign up for their mailing list online. They are almost always running a 3-course, approx. $50 per person deal, but you have to be on the mailing list and know to ask for it.

                I took my husband and FIL there ON Father's Day and still got the deal. They advertise it in the email as being signature or ceasar salad, single-cut filet mignon, a choice of seafood (scallops, crab cakes or shrimp), side and either hot chocolate cake or cheesecake. But in actuality they give you a lot more choices than that. My husband had lobster bisque instead of salad and I had thier beefsteak tomato salad. My hubby is also not a steak lover (weird, I know) so he got salmon instead of his filet and they will actually substitute just about any cut and double cut for a small up-charge. They will also let you have any dessert on the menu as well.

                It's a fabulous deal and we have gone for every major special occasion in the last year since I signed up for the email list. On New Year's Eve we were kept waiting almost an hour beyond our reservation and they comped us almost our entire meal. Besides the good value, the food is always delicious and the service top notch.

                I really prefer them to Ruth Chris purely because they DON'T bring the steak out on a very hot plate. My problem with that is that the steak comes out at the correct temperature (medium rare), but if I don't scarf it down immediately the middle is medium and by the time I am finished the last bites are well done. Yuck! I like my cow slightly mooing. Ha ha!

                Anyway, hope this bit of information helps you all! Good thread!
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                • #88
                  Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                  Thanks for the tip!


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                  • #89
                    Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                    Tonight, I dined at a Burbank hot spot: SMOKE HOUSE, since 1946. Located right across the street from Warner Bros Studios. I'm sure a lot of execs eat here and one episode of The Office was taped here as well.







                    Happy Hour Cocktails



                    I couldn't get a clear shot of the bar because it was so dark but... well... this looks like the Booze is calling out to me



                    Bar and restaurant area



                    And sometimes there's live music acts



                    Restaurant is very spacious for large parties. And it isn't this dead.. this was towards closing time.




                    One of the must haves is their world famous Garlic Cheese Bread. amazing.



                    I ordered the Porterhouse medium rare with two sides. $29.99



                    Here's another porterhouse with creamed spinach



                    The Bone-On NY Strip comes with a choice of sauce. My friend got the side of onion rings not realizing that each steak comes with one. He immediately regrets his decision (plus, i gave him mine).



                    Another Bone-On NY Strip





                    And during the summer they have specials. Thursday night they have a 6oz Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon and two sides for only $15.95. All bottles of wine are 50% off too. My friend got that and added a lobster tail.



                    And desserts:




                    So there you have. Nothing special but it is a fair price for decent food. My steak was cooked properly and tasted great. It wasn't OMG OMG OMG but it was what it was. Very nicely done. Service is... well... it's fine. Just nothing spectacular. Definitely more casual.


                    If you're in the area, it's a nice spot to stop. I don't think you should go out of your way.


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                    • #90
                      Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                      How did I miss this amazing thread? I just love all the reviews of these restaurants.

                      I went to Fleming's again last week and I really like their lamp chops more than the steak. For me, steak doesn't need all those marinated flavorings. I could just eat it with just salt and pepper.

                      Question:

                      CB, of the steaks you have tried, is there one type of steak you choose over the other? Or is it the type of mood you are in to have that type of steak? Because I always order Filet Mignon when I go to restaurants. Maybe I should be more open to Rib Eye or NY Steaks, DK. I only buy those types at Costco to my liking.

                      Oh and try the Saddle Ranch Chop house at Universal City. Our family dined there after visiting Universal Studios. I had the prime rib which was really good and the baked potato was salted on the outside which I love. I also had the house salad which was fair. I thought the service was fast and super friendly. It's more of a casual fun place to have drinks and relax kind of place.

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                      • #91
                        Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                        I've been to Saddle Ranch a few times but never actually got a steak. I'll do that next time I go.



                        Originally posted by Ginarella View Post

                        Question:

                        CB, of the steaks you have tried, is there one type of steak you choose over the other? Or is it the type of mood you are in to have that type of steak? Because I always order Filet Mignon when I go to restaurants. Maybe I should be more open to Rib Eye or NY Steaks, DK. I only buy those types at Costco to my liking.

                        My choice is Porterhouse. It's the first steak that ever truly blew my mind so I've been trying to repeat that ever since. (you also get a lot of meat). After that I tend to do RibEye.

                        I also love filet mignon too but you kind of get that if you order Porterhouse.


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                        • #92
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                          I LOVE this thread probably because I love steaks

                          We tried BOA Steakhouse on Sunset last month with the girls and it was out of this world. Everything from the ambiance to food was stunning.

                          In the battle between Ruth Chris & Morton's I'm a RC fan because I like the food better overall and their creme brulee can't be beat.

                          My favorite local steakhouse would be Maestro's. I like the one here in Corona Del Mar because it's close to home. I could eat their lobster mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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                          • #93
                            Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                            Me (and a bunch of other MC folk) went to Steakhouse 55 at the DL Hotel last saturday and for the price and for the quality of the food, this is a VERY reasonably priced dining location. My porterhouse (medium rare) was $29ish and it was DELICIOUS.


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                            • #94
                              Re: The SoCal. Steak House Thread

                              Last night, the gang went to MASTRO'S STEAKHOUSE in Beverly Hills.




                              This is some seriously good eating. We started with some wine.



                              Some folks got the seafood tower (customize with whatever you want)







                              This is the double porterhouse. It's 48oz and $88 (24oz is $50). Most of us shared one of these while my friend Rick got the bone-in filet and he thought it was excellent as well.




                              The sides were $10 each mostly except for some notables. We ordered the Gnocchi (INSANE... must have), Lobster mashed potatoes, and not pictured here is: gorgonzola mac & cheese, sauteed spinach, steamed broccoli.




                              We were all so full that we shared one dessert: their signature Buttercake a la mode. It was pretty amazing.




                              There's more than one Mastro's in southern CA so I highly recommend. Mastro's and CUT right now are my top 2 favorite steakhouses.


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