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The 8 Biggest Hunks of Meat in San Diego

By Darlene Horn
March 10, 2014

Caveman diet or not, San Diego likes its meat. We hunted down the biggest bone-in steaks, do-it-yourself grilling adventures and all-you-can-eat meatpaloozas we could find to give you this: the 8 Biggest Hunks of Meat in San Diego, complete with side dishes to go with each one. 

  • Prime New York Steak at The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge

    How Big: 12 ounces
    Juicy Details: The Mission Hills's closest thing to a speakeasy grills locally sourced, grass-fed beef to your preference and serves it alongside outstanding martinis in a small, intimate setting.
    Side Dish: Your choice of one side (Lyonnaise potatoes, vegetables, mac ‘n cheese or parsnip Yukon mash) and one sauce (au poivre, chimichurri, maderi-mushroom).
    The Damage: $38

    729 W. Washington St.; 619-295-6001

  • Photo by: Leanne Hammond

    Suckling Pig Dinner at Alchemy

    How Big: 15-20 pounds
    Juicy Details: Designed to serve a minimum of eight people, a whole pig is split and roasted with your choice of Cuban, Southern or Polynesian accoutrements.
    Side Dish: Depending on the style of cooking, expect slow-cooked black beans, yucca root, plantains, collard greens, corn bread, pineapple fried rice, kimchi or roasted sweet potatoes.
    The Damage: $48 per person

    1503 30th St.; 619-255-0616

  • Photo by: Rei De Gado

    Everything at Rei De Gado Brazilian Steakhouse

    How Big: All-you-can-eat experience
    Juicy Details: Make room for more than 12 types of meat including linguica, beef ribs, pork loin, cuts of top round, ribeye, bacon-wrapped turkey and chicken drumsticks.
    Side Dish: Fresh vegetables, salads and hot entrées are stocked in the full buffet but don’t pass up the fried yucca.
    The Damage: $27.50 lunch (limited items available); $42 dinner

    939 4th Ave.; 619-702-8464

  • Photo by: Cowboy Star

    Cattleman’s Cut Rib Chop at Cowboy Star

    How Big: 18 ounces
    Juicy Details: The generous cut from Monson Ranch in Kennewick, WA is aged 21 days and served on the bone.
    Side Dish: Chef’s daily accompaniments include farmers market fresh vegetables and potatoes with the restaurant’s maitre d’ hotel butter.
    The Damage: $46

    640 10th Ave., 619-450-5880

  • Photo by: Fogo de Chao

    Brazilian BBQ at Fogo de Chao

    How Big: All-you-can-eat
    Juicy Details: Downtown’s fairly new competitor in the all-you-can-eat meat arena serves Brazilian-style beef, chicken, lamb and pork BBQ. Their meat is outsourced from around the world including New Zealand for lamb. 
    Side Dish: A serve-yourself buffet features a variety of fresh salads and hot side dishes like rice and beans. Look out for the pão de queijo (hot cheese rolls), served tableside.
    The Damage: $29.50 for lunch; $49.50 dinner.

    668 5th Ave.; 619-338-0500

  • Photo by: Flickr/JustinShady

    BBQ at Manna Korean BBQ

    How Big: All-you-can-eat within two hours
    Juicy Details: If you’re looking to splurge or save a few extra bucks, there are two dining options with selected Korean marinated meats and seafood to cook at your table.
    Side Dish: Aside from the various banchan (kimchi, potato salad, etc.) served at the start of the meal, order up their steamed egg to mix into the hot rice.
    The Damage: $19.99 or $24.99 per person

    4428 Convoy St. Ste R210; 858-278-3300

  • Prime Bone-In Ribeye at  Eddie V’s

    How Big: 22 ounces
    Juicy Details: Attentive staff cook hand-cut, premium-aged, hormone-free steaks to your liking.
    Side Dish: Steaks and side dishes are served a la carte but don’t miss the opportunity for surf n turf by also ordering their jumbo grilled shrimp or Maine lobster tail.
    The Damage: $48

    1270 Prospect St., La Jolla; 858-459-5500
    789 West Harbor Dr.; 619-615-0281

  • Photo by: Flickr/jw1976

    Porterhouse Steak at Gaslamp Strip Club

    How Big: 20 ounces
    Juicy Details: It’s do-it-yourself cooking here and a chance to show off your honed kitchen skills at the communal grill.
    Side Dish: Sautéed mushrooms complement any of the steaks but you would be remiss to not check out one of their handcrafted cocktails.
    The Damage: $21.95

    340 5th Ave.; 619-231-3140

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Places Mentioned

Cowboy Star

American • East Village

Food25 Decor24 Service25 Cost$48
 
 
 
Manna Korean BBQ

Barbecue • Downtown

Food17 Decor12 Service16 Cost$26
 
 
 
 
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