July 23, 2010

Portohouse Bistro

Recently, I made a conscious decision to limit my intake of red meat. A friend suggested I exclude it entirely from my diet. Um, no. There is no way that I can do that because I've been a red meat lover since being in my mother's womb. True story.

After two weeks of noshing on shoots and leaves, I relented -- though it didn't take much persuasion -- and went to a steakhouse and ordered a slab of meat. A 40 oz. Porterhouse to be exact.

40 oz. Porterhouse $79

Medium Rare Filet mignon (left), tenderloin (right)
Supporting cast:
Crab Cakes w/ house slaw $10

 Porterhouse Fries $9
Sauteed Spinach $6 (not pictured)

Overall, I give the meal 3.5 stars. While the cut of the juicy meat was fair and large enough to feed three carnivores, the seasoning was not evenly distributed so there were definitely some bites that left me longing for more flavor. The crab cakes were decent, but nothing out-of-this-world. The fries were delish and the spinach was standard. Additionally, there was a complimentary bread bowl of sliced La Brea Bakery French baguette on each table with a selection of four different "toppings": garlic & olive tapenade, bruschetta, garlic cloves (in flower), and butter. Service and ambience are great, especially at night when they bring out these cool-lookin' crystal-rock lamps. I may return again and try out the 4-course prix fixe meal (only $43).

That said, Maestro's is still #1 in my book for best steak in LA.

In other related news, Capital Grille is opening its door to Angelenos very soon! If it's anything like the one in Boston, we are in for a treat.

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cuisine: Steakhouse
location: Beverly Hills, CA
hours: M-W: 6-9pm; Th-F: 6-10pm; Sat: 5-10pm; Sun: 5-9pm
website: { Porterhouse | yelp }
good for: D ($43, 4-course prix fixe dinner deal)
attire: Casual
parking: street or valet ($5)
other notes: Full Bar