Ruth's Chris vs Mastro's vs Morton's vs. Flemings vs. Cut
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Best steakhouse?
Ruth's Chris
32%
 32%  [ 13 ]
Mastro's
30%
 30%  [ 12 ]
Morton's
12%
 12%  [ 5 ]
Flemings
12%
 12%  [ 5 ]
Cut
12%
 12%  [ 5 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:15 pm    Post subject: Ruth's Chris vs Mastro's vs Morton's vs. Flemings vs. Cut

This is pretty tough. I thought Mastro's was a notch above Ruth's Chris (which has so far seemed much more casual and family oriented to me) but Mastro's prices are actually cheaper than Ruth's Chris.

Never been to Flemings but it loses points for being owned by the same company as Outback.

I went to Ruth's Chris like a week ago and their filet (medium rare) was very unimpressive. Completely flavorless. Their sides/desserts are unimpressive as well. The ribeye is top notch, however.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:23 pm    Post subject:

The best steak I done ever had was from Ihop!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject:

Ruth's Chris is my pick. I wouldn't say that they have the best steak, per se, but I like the way they cook it (it arrives hot), and I like their atmosphere. At this stage of my life, I really don't want a restaurant that tries to impress me with anything other than the food.

I haven't been to Morton's in 10+ years, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. I've been to Flemings at some point, but it wasn't memorable.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject:

Aren't most of these franchises?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:07 pm    Post subject:

dont_be_a_wuss wrote:
Aren't most of these franchises?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject:

im not really into steak places as I am into BBQ but if I had to make a choice from there it would be Ruth's Chris


but If I had my own choice... there is a place in Anaheim off of Ball rd called the Ranch.... the food is good and they have a saloon next door. after hours they play country music and the women are hot...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:23 pm    Post subject:

CandyCanes, since you're in Orange County now, you have to try this place:

http://www.trabucooakssteakhouse.com/

You will probably freak out a little because it's VERY casual, very rustic, a little hokey, and nowhere near the water. In fact, it probably doesn't fit your mental image of Orange County at all (but fear not -- I think that's a GOOD thing). It's out in the canyons (not far from me, actually) and I don't think it's changed in the 40 years it's been around. They don't use electricity or gas to cook. Every day they start a mesquite fire to cook on.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:52 pm    Post subject:

I had my worst steak dining experience ever at the Cut in Las Vegas. Food was okay, service was horrendous.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject:

kwest80 wrote:
I had my worst steak dining experience ever at the Cut in Las Vegas. Food was okay, service was horrendous.


Mine was the opposite. I sent back a $95 steak because they cooked it well done when I wanted medium rare.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:53 pm    Post subject:

I haven't eaten a great steak out in greater LA for maybe a decade or more. I can cook better steak at home than most places ever served me, and I can open my own wine for zero extra cost.

But among these chain names, I'd pick Morton's and Ruth's Chris as the most reliable ones in my experience, but none were excellent regularly. Mastro's BH was the most unpredictable in terms of hitting the cooking temps right for an entire group's items. For those prices, no excuses.

Sadly, We don't have anything on the level of, oh ... say Seattle's most excellent, The Metropolitan Grill. Might be worth a flight up there alone to eat there.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject:

LarryCoon wrote:
CandyCanes, since you're in Orange County now, you have to try this place:

http://www.trabucooakssteakhouse.com/

You will probably freak out a little because it's VERY casual, very rustic, a little hokey, and nowhere near the water. In fact, it probably doesn't fit your mental image of Orange County at all (but fear not -- I think that's a GOOD thing). It's out in the canyons (not far from me, actually) and I don't think it's changed in the 40 years it's been around. They don't use electricity or gas to cook. Every day they start a mesquite fire to cook on.


Never heard of this place but its 6 minutes from me. What do you recommend?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject:

There are better places around. You can start with Nick & Stefs
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject:

Taylors in K-town is a good deal as well.

I've been wanting to peep the "Dal Rae" in pico rivera as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject:

70sdude wrote:
I haven't eaten a great steak out in greater LA for maybe a decade or more. I can cook better steak at home than most places ever served me, and I can open my own wine for zero extra cost.

But among these chain names, I'd pick Morton's and Ruth's Chris as the most reliable ones in my experience, but none were excellent regularly. Mastro's BH was the most unpredictable in terms of hitting the cooking temps right for an entire group's items. For those prices, no excuses.

Sadly, We don't have anything on the level of, oh ... say Seattle's most excellent, The Metropolitan Grill. Might be worth a flight up there alone to eat there.


That's weird. I always thought Mastro's was on a slightly higher level than Ruth's Chris/Morton's.

I see people getting into Ruth's Chris in T-shirts and jeans.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject:

I prefer my steak at non-steakhouses (Providence).
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject:

LarryCoon wrote:
CandyCanes, since you're in Orange County now, you have to try this place:

http://www.trabucooakssteakhouse.com/

You will probably freak out a little because it's VERY casual, very rustic, a little hokey, and nowhere near the water. In fact, it probably doesn't fit your mental image of Orange County at all (but fear not -- I think that's a GOOD thing). It's out in the canyons (not far from me, actually) and I don't think it's changed in the 40 years it's been around. They don't use electricity or gas to cook. Every day they start a mesquite fire to cook on.


that is some interesting deco... lol
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject:

Capital Grille!! Kona Crusted Strip
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:33 pm    Post subject:

I've tried all those spots except Mastro's and they are all good except Cut, everyone else at the table that night thought I was nuts for not loving it though. I thought it was just so,so.

Nick & Stefs is great!

I just had a pretty good one at Pacific Dining Car the other day but my goto spot in the L.A. area is Taylors up in La canada flintridge. I Love that spot and always reserve it for special occassions or special females.

Smith & Wolinsky's is my favorite in Vegas.

Peter Lugers is a must in NYC.

They all get trumped though by the many backhouse smoker joints in Austin Texas imo.

Best I ever had EVER was at a backyard bbq in Hilo Hawaii.
I don't even know how to describe it, it was like beef flavored butter cuts.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:34 pm    Post subject:

You guys got me hungry. I'm off to get a couple of cuts on the way home now!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject:

Cutheon wrote:
Never heard of this place but its 6 minutes from me. What do you recommend?


The steak.

I really think it just depends on which cut you prefer. I've had every cut there and haven't walked away unhappy.

BTW, I know you said you're near there, but if you don't get down into the canyons -- there's also a Mexican restaurant right in the area, Rose Canyon Cantina: http://www.rosecanyoncantina.com/

Not great food, but I always enjoy going there for the patio dining.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject:

I've eaten at all these places and it's a crime that Mastros only has one vote (me!). Cut comes closest, and everything else is miles behind. Morton lumped in there is a joke.

I've had Nick & Stefs and it was whatever to me. Again, to each their own, but I've had Omaha steaks in Omaha, dined at the overrated Peter Luger, and nothing compares to Mastros...

ps i've only had Mastros in BH, never costa mesa so i dont know if there is a difference in quality
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:39 pm    Post subject:

I like Flemings the most of all the steakhouse chains because they have a good combination of quality meat and seasoning I like. Personally, I think Ruth Chris has crap meat - they hide it with all the butter. To me, Cut has the best meat, but its overpriced.

For most people, however, I imagine they would say Mastro's is the best. I've eaten at the Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Las Vegas locations - all great. However, the only reason I keep going there is for the seafood tower. A bonus for going to the Newport location is you have a decent shot at seeing Kobe.

I was impressed with Craftsteak at the MGM in Vegas as well, but I suppose you are looking at chain restaurants.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:45 pm    Post subject:

LakerSanity wrote:
I like Flemings the most of all the steakhouse chains because they have a good combination of quality meat and seasoning I like. Personally, I think Ruth Chris has crap meat - they hide it with all the butter. To me, Cut has the best meat, but its overpriced.

For most people, however, I imagine they would say Mastro's is the best. I've eaten at the Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Las Vegas locations - all great. However, the only reason I keep going there is for the seafood tower. A bonus for going to the Newport location is you have a decent shot at seeing Kobe.

I was impressed with Craftsteak at the MGM in Vegas as well, but I suppose you are looking at chain restaurants.


How much is the seafood tower? That looks cool but I heard it runs $150.
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