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)