Some days you just can’t beat a good cheap steak
I know, I know. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. That’s why when a restaurant or a saloon offers a steak-night special, you can’t walk in expecting to get the same quality of beef as the Capital Grille or Plaza III or the Majestic Restaurant. On the other hand, you don’t want to be sawing into a slab of shoe leather passing itself off as a “ribeye.” Those are the cuts of chewy beef, served with a forlorn baked potato, that represent the typical “steak dinner” offered by those truly low-budget buffets. I mean, when the lukewarm wedge of Texas toast is the tastiest thing on the plate, you know you’re in trouble.
But not everyone can afford the price of a first-class Kansas City strip, especially in today’s economy. There’s nothing quite as luscious as Capital Grille’s 14-ounce, dry-aged Steak au Poivre with Courvoisier cream sauce, but at $44 — without a potato or a vegetable — it’s not a dish you’ll be ordering once a week.