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September 11, 2009

The latest on the Maple Lawn steakhouse

RanazulFilet.jpgIn case you missed HowChow's comment earlier today, apparently the restaurant opening in November where oZ. Chophouse was, which was originally going to be Carlos and Jordan's Steakhouse, will now be called Venegas Prime Filet.

Carlos Venegas is one of the owners of Ranazul in Maple Lawn.

I'm a big fan of HowChow's blog, ever since his excellent post on parking lot cafes. The concept had me laughing out loud because it's so true.

But back to the new restaurant. The name puzzles me. ...

Or maybe surprises me. I hadn't realized this until recently, but a lot of steakhouses that serve prime beef don't bother with prime filet, a) because even choice filet is incredibly expensive and b) the marbling doesn't matter as much as with other cuts of meat. At least I've been told those are the reasons.

So to announce with your name that your filet will be prime makes a statement. I'm just not sure what that statement is.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:50 AM | | Comments (9)


Shouldn't a filet have bacon wrapped around it? Or is that just a western thing?

is this the restaurant that will accept Jordan's gift certificates?

Its a bit of a southern thing too. But lots of places in the Northeast serve their filets without bacon.

PCB Rob wrote: "But lots of places in the Northeast serve their filets without bacon."

I can serve my filet (prime or otherwise) without Bearnaise sauce or herb butter too, but why?

I predict it will close within 3 years (maybe even 2 years) of opening.

While I like a filet ungarnished, bearnaise sauce is good.

bearnaise sauce....yummmm!

Even Donny B's prediction may be optimistic. They'd better put a good map on their website if they want people to find the place. Maple Lawn is unknown to the State Highway Administration and MapQuest. Fulton shows on SHA maps but not the appropriate I 95 exit, which still says Skaggsville.

You guys REALLY need to check out the restaurant before actually writing a review here! Seriously! I went to the restaurant myself, and the reason why they have prime beef AND Prime filet is to expand their horizon on steak wise. They sell prime beef, along with Filet. and must I say, the steak there is too delicious to care! Seriously, the wine was great, the atmosphere, wonderful! And the appetizers were all worth it, I am sure to go there again.

Anonymous at 6:22 PM, you need to pay a little more attention. You're responding to an almost eight-month old thread that occurred before the restaurant in question even opened. These obviously weren't reviews.

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