Before the Bouef Gras rolls down St. Charles Avenue at the head of the Rex Parade signaling the end of Carnival – farewell to flesh, let’s take a look at the bevy of steak houses in the Crescent City. Let’s start with the old-school steak houses which I consider to be Crescent City Steaks on Broad Street. Whenever I go in there I expect to see mob raid any moment. The tile floors, the curtained booths make it a classic Crescent City experience. The steaks are usually delicious, however, they have a tendency to be inconsistent. Worth the visit, and the sides are always consistent.
The other long standing steak house is Charlie’s uptown off of Napoleon Avenue. An old-fashioned and a steak with the best ONION RINGS every makes it the perfect spot for hanging with the boys as you step back into 1950’s. Some say it is not as much fun now that they have a more varied menu. As one reviewer put it…”I liked it best when they would ask you if you want a medium or a large. That’s it. And they always brought the onion rings.” So maybe they have modernized a wee bit. But it is still old-school.
The newest steak house in town is the new Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak, directly next door to their flagship restaurant, Galatroire’s, on Bourbon Street. The fine new eatery with the classic New Orleans feel serves up classic cocktails and traditional steak house fare. Its Galatoire’s for goodness sake. You can’t go wrong.
Now, many people when they thing of beef, Argentina may come to mind as one of the premiere beef producers in the world. You can enjoy that Argentine beef experience at restaurateur Adolpho Garcia’s Warehouse District steak house, called La Boca. They are serving mouth-watering Kobe beef as well as Oregon organic beef alongside a spectacular variety of dipping sauces. Don’t miss out on the fried brussels sprouts and other house-made specialties.
The Tchoup House and Mr. John’s Steak House are two more super fine high end steak houses. But how about something on the more casual side. Port-o-Call on Esplanade serves burgers and steaks. That’s it and they keep the price fairly reasonable. Houston’s, although a chain restaurant, serves choice beef that they order special from their Michigan beef source. It’s flavorful and under $20.00.
The real budget conscious diner will grin when they taste the rib eye at Country Flame in the Quarter. A little dive Cuban joint on Iberville Street that char-broils their steaks and serves them for a great price. Wednesday’s used to be steak night for $9.99. Uptown on Freret Street is another Latin American joint that also serves delicious rib eye. I like it on the steak salad. Yum and you don’t have to break the piggy bank to eat there.
I feel like I’m barely touching the surface of fine steaks in the Crescent City. So let me just give a few more steak highlights….Dickie Brennan’s Steak House in the French Quarter, Steak Knife out in Lakeview, and two fine chains downtown – Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Morton’s Steak House.
Lastly, my two favorite fish houses that are a great place to get a steak…GW Fins and Pascal’s Manale Restaurant.
See you out and about at the steak houses.
Every thing lovely,
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