No doubt you love your steaks at the Hard Rock Café as well as the stuff they serve at Logan’s Roadhouse. But the truth is, there are other sumptuous steakhouses in LA, so if you’re in the mood for some fresh new cuts and high end quality restaurant beef, check these out.
Located in 716 E Second St. Long Beach, the Chianina Steakhouse Restaurant is just around Naples and is part of Michael’s Restaurant Group, which also runs a few pizzerias nearby. This is a high end boutique steakhouse that got its name from the meat traditionally prepared for bistecca alla fiorentina.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s upscale indeed, thanks to its cozy bar seats, unique cocktails and a simple or full menu, it’s your choice. The dining area isn’t brightly lit, rather it uses target lights so neither booths nor tables end up in the dark. The place is also pretty quiet as the walls and ceiling use the same soundproofing materials employed in studios, but if you’d like even more quiet and privacy, request in advance for the alcove booth.
The service is courteous and effective, and the atmosphere is just right for fine dining. Speaking of which, you may decide to go with some crudo and oysters, Piedmontese beef carpaccio or the sumptuous crispy pork belly. To ensure that the beef is of the highest quality, the restaurant has its own Chianina herd and new varieties are always being prepared. Apart from the steaks you’ll savor the various sauces that go along with each one, with the bone-in rib-eye being especially good.
While you’re having the bone-in rib-eye, try pairing it with thyme, mushrooms and Yukon gratin, and don’t pass up on the banana pudding with macadamia nut crumble either.
Next time you’re at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, check out CUT Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse. The menu is definitely meat based, but this is Puck so it’s not your typical steakhouse. The items on the menu demand unique sauces and preparations, so before you decide what to order, explanations are given out, and raw meats are presented at your table so you can choose which one to get.
If you’re not sure where to start, go get some Kobe steak sashimi, poached egg, asparagus with bacon vinaigrette, or you can try their many seasonal salads that include goat yogurt “tzatziki”, feta, tomatoes, white corn salad with wild arugula among others. In addition to these you can also order a wide array of choice beef cuts, mostly corn-fed, or maybe some rotisserie chicken or lamb.
There’s no shortage of dishes to choose from, but the Kobe beef short ribs is something you just can’t afford to miss, as it has that perfect blend of sweetness and hotness, thanks to its special Indian spices. As you might expect the steaks can be paired with an assortment of sauces as well as a variety of vegetables and sides, including the delicious potato tarte Tatin. Finally, wrap up your meal with a mouthwatering dessert like the Baked Alaska or dark chocolate soufflé and some fine wine.
Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood is at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at Riverside, and as the name implies, this fine restaurant has become well known for its delectable steaks and seafood offerings. To begin your meal, a generous serving of lobster bisque and brandied mushrooms with Chantilly tarragon will be nice, or you can go for lobster tempura spiced up by orange-chili sauce, or you can order the ever popular shrimp with piquant cocktail sauce.
As far as steaks go you won’t be lacking in choices either as there is a varied selection of wet aged prime beef including 20-ounce “rib chop”, filet mignon and New York steak cuts charbroiled. Whatever you order is, it may be paired with different types of sauces and sides, and you’re not limited to steaks as there are fish selections available too. The fish menu depends a lot on the season but usually you’ll find grilled Pacific salmon combined with citrus sauce, but if that’s not available there’s always seared sashimi-grade ahi with ginger cream sauce.
One of the things that set Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood apart from others is its always adding new items to the menu. If it’s your first time to visit though, don’t pass up on the sides as they’re simply unique. Some of the best are the truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and creamed spinach with shallots, as they’ll complement whatever you’re having. Finally, no meal is complete without desserts, and you can choose from a lot including the chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier sauce, and the wine selection is exceptional too.
So the next time you’re in Los Angeles and looking to enrich your steakhouse dining experience, give any of these three a look.