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September 29, 2009

Top 10 affordable steak dinners



I changed the name of this Top 10 from "inexpensive" to "affordable" because while some of the suggestions on my list aren't cheap, I consider them bargains. I did try to keep prices for a steak dinner around $25 or under. When you consider that upscale steakhouses charge $30 and $40 just for the beef and then you pay for starches and vegetables, that's something to take into account.

I restricted this list to local restaurants and to steaks -- affordable prime rib will have to be a future Top 10. But my earlier post asking for suggestions mentioned some good chain-restaurant steaks. 

Here's my list in alphabetical order: ...

* Claddagh Pub in Canton. Surf and turf for $14.95: a 3-ounce filet and a 6-ounce crab cake.

* Corks in Federal Hill. On Tuesdays, any of the selections on the steak menu are half-price.

* Donna's at Cross Keys. You don't think of this as a steak place, but the New York strip for $22.95 with broccoli, potato gnocchi and roasted tomatoes is what I often get when I eat there.

* Frank & Nic's West End Grille near the stadium. Our waiter told us that the good steaks are from the same place as Ruth's Chris's steaks are -- at considerably less cost.

* Maisy's downtown. Sunday through Wednesday, the Black Angus New York strip steak is $11.95. Now that's a loss leader.

* Michael's Steak & Lobster House in Bayview. There are several steaks for under $20. The 40-ounce T-bone is $17.95.

* Mt. Washington Tavern in Mount Washington. Tuesday is steak and bake night, while supplies last, for $15.95.

* Pappas in Parkville. Although known for its crab cakes, the special char-broiled steak dinner for $15.95 was what I enjoyed most when I reviewed Pappas.

* Peter's Inn in Fells Point. The 7-ounce filet mignon or 13-ounce New York strip dinner with mashed potatoes, a veggie and "100 percent pure butter" is $25.50.

* Shuckers in Fells Point. The cuts vary, but on Tuesday night you get a steak and two sides for $12.95.

(Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:48 AM | | Comments (33)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


No Annabel Lee on here? I am shocked!

I am not a huge red meat eater, but when I want an amazing and well priced steak, I head to this great restaurant. They are always creative, reasonably priced and the staff is fantastic.

The Hanger Steak Frites at B&0 Brasserie is only $19 Dollars. And with Duck Fat Fries as well. It was wonderful

Mahaffey's Pub in Canton has, for years, served up a top quality 16 ounce boneless New York Strip with Baked Potato and make your own salad for around $17. This is a BIG steak grilled to order right in front of you. Top it with bourbon laced mushrooms and it rivals steaks I've had at some $30+ steak houses.

Eat early and add 3 10 oz. top- shelf craft brews for $4. It can get crowded.

Stay away from Michael's Steak and Lobsters unless you want horrible food, ridiculous service and a flat from all the pot holes on Eastern Avenue.

the ancho steak at regi's is a bargain at around $22. the tuesday special is a NY strip with mashed taters and a veggie for $12.99.

just over $25 at $26, the steak frites at the brewer's art is the best in town. mmmmmmmmm... rosemary garlic fries and red wine/shallot sauce...

Jack's Bistro is "dollar for dollar" the best steak dinner in town.

I agree Laura about Michael's Steak and Lobsters. Why not just go to the Golden Corral if you want a massive quanity of cheap beef?? I mean seriously...

I want to give another plug for the skirt steak (Carne Asada) at Mari Luna Mexican Grille. At $13.00 with rice and salad this is not only a good deal (even better with the BYOB) it is the best steak I have eaten in years. Maybe ever. The same steak is served with the fajitas and on the steak taco salad. It is really a shame this didn't make the list especially since it is available all the time, is delicious, and made even more reasonable with the BYOB. After all what is great steak without a good red wine?

Shannon's Saloon in Ellicott City has the best NY strip steak dinner with mashed potatoes and veggie for $18.00 Add a glass or red wine and it's a $24 dinner.

I have to agree, no Annabelle Lee's, I'm shocked since the food is by far fresh and moderately priced there. As far as you Michael's Food Critics, get over it and stop knocking East Baltimore. Thanks or as the Greeks say, "Efharisto", Sam

I don't understand why when these Top 10 lists come out, people are "shocked" that something was left off. Isn't that what the comments section is for- to open discussion on the topic and expand the list?

That being said, Corks is a great call...
I think Don't Know also has a steak special during the week.

I think I love you. :-) EL

Why is Tuesday steak night? I wish they'd spread the wealth!

The menu on Annabel Lee's website has precisely one steak item listed, a filet mignon stuffed with cheese, with mushroom risotto, for $19,95. The problem is that it's listed under "Small Plates". Is the steak "affordable" because it's a smaller portion by design?

Gotta check out the Stackhouse on Hudson St. 12.95 for steak, tater, salad and dessert.

@ hmpstd

I went to Annabel Lee's last night and there were at least two other steak dishes on the specials board, which changes almost daily. Perhaps they reserve steak dishes for the specials.

Bullseye Bar&Grill in millersville has a great T-Bone and two side special every Tuesday for $6.95. Not to mention 1.25 beers to go with it.

@pigtown: Duda's in Fells Pt. has half-price steaks on Thursday. I think 12.95 for a really nice strip the last time I was there. That place is overlooked, I've had some really good food with a nice friendly atmosphere there.

Trpi Klaus, if Annabel Lee reserves "affordable" steak for the specials board, how am I supposed to know whether such a special is available on any given day? Should I just roll the dice and show up in the hope that something decent will be available? I might as well drive the extra 1.5 miles to Michael's, which displays their weekly specials, with prices, on their website.

For years I've been talking about trying to undertake a week's worth of steak nights, but fear of severe intestinal distress has kept me from fulfilling my dream. With all these new suggestions I feel reinvigorated to once again chase the impossible. Thanks, EL.


First, I wouldn't have Annabel Lee on the list. Second, I was merely saying that they do offer more dishes than what's on-line. But yes I think sometimes people should visit restaurants that take the time to have several specials each day instead of a boring fixed menu that never changes except for soup of the day. I don't know a thing about Michael's but if you're so adamant about them maybe I'll have to give them a try.

Looney's has a 14 oz NY Strip with all the trimmings for less than $20.

How about the club steak at Greystone? It's over $30 but it's huge and includes a huge salad and a generous side.

Ashland Cafe has several good inexpensive steaks for under 20.00, with a Greek salad, excellent HOT french fries and vegaetable: not to mention music and the outside patio! I like the NY strip at 15.00 dollars.

Don't Know has NY Strips and 2 sides Wednesday nights for $14.95...good stuff!!

The Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater on Joppa Road has great steaks. They may not have deals and such, but they do serve up a tasty filet and sides for less than you might pay at one of the premiere steak houses.

No, I'm not a shill but do like their steaks a good bit, its one of the places I like to visit when I come up to Baltimore.
That being said, the Steak Baltimore that is on the Chameleon's summer menu is excellent!

sorry for the typo, there seems to be a delay between when I hit a key and the letter shows up.

Hey PCB Rob - what is the Steak Baltimore?

Annabel Lee's is just a yuppie bar. The food is ok, but the last time I was in, over 10% of the greens on my salad were dark green, slimy and rotted. A bad corner or two happens, but any kitchen that sends out that much rotted lettuce doesn't care.

Trip, I don't know why you claim that I'm "adamant" about Michael's when I had just made my first ever D@L post about the place in response to your post about Annabel Lee. What I am adamant about is having some knowledge of a restaurant's offerings and prices before going there, especially in the context of a discussion about "affordable" dining options.

I have yet to visit either restaurant, but, as of this writing, I'd be more inclined to visit Michael's, which has been mentioned in this blog at various times over the last year or more. Even after looking at Annabel Lee's menu and its fans' posts, I still haven't a clue as to why it's affordable.

I am sure it is not affordable, but I understand that the Oregon Grill has some kind of prime rib special on Monday nights.

I think it is part of some kind of Monday Night Football promotion that also involves bringing a bunch of their TVs out to the patio.

Maisy's rocks!

For $16.95, Mahaffey's has for years now served the very best cut of meat in Canton. If you get anything else in town close to this price, the steak can't compare to what Mahaffey's puts out. This meat is the same as that offered by the high-end places in town for $35 or more. Steak Night begins and ends with Mahaffey's. Period. No more, no less.

Go to The Hungry Heifer for the bef and loobster special.

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