When it comes to truly luxurious dining experiences, there’s almost nothing that beats a perfectly cooked porterhouse with à la carte sides of creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin, preferably served in a dimly lit dining room with an icy cold something or other in a martini glass. Unfortunately, there’s a reason why steakhouses mainly cater to the expense-account set — the prices aren’t cheap. In lieu of putting your next steak dinner on the company card, here’s a look at 10 steaks that won’t break the bank.
At Jose Garces' Wash Square West spot, the steak frites (pictured) is a choose-your-own-adventure affair. The prime culotte (otherwise known as a top sirloin cap) comes with a choice of sauce — au poivre vert, salsa verde or sauce béarnaise — plus duck-fat fries, all for $25.
1111 Locust St.; 215-574-1099
Tucked away just off of South Street, this cozy French bistro offers a fantastic, seasonally rotating menu of specials, but you can always count on a great flank steak served with caramelized onions and freshly cut frites for $15.
614 S. Seventh St.; 215-625-3700
Catering to those in the restaurant biz (with late-night kitchen hours to boot), this South Philly corner has a wallet-friendly hanger steak topped with bordelaise and accompanied by shoestring fries that comes in at $18. Bonus points for being able to get a steak up until last call.
1401 E. Moymensing Ave.; 215-271-9500
Steak isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the foods of the Jewish diaspora, but chef Yehuda Sichel’s rib-eye cap has all of the right Eastern European accents. Plated with Romanian eggplant and finished with Manischewitz steak sauce and marrow butter, this steak comes in at a cool $14.
1623 Sansom St.; 215-867-0088
This Rittenhouse BYO has one of the best lunch deals in town, and its $17 take on steak certainly helps. The grilled hanger steak is served with Parmesan-truffle fries, wilted in-season greens and a bright chimichurri.
37 S. 19th St.; 215-564-2925
Steak gets the Middle Eastern treatment in the form of sirlion shishlik at Mike Solo's New Israeli restaurant, skewered and grilled cubes of steak that come with two takes on eggplant, caponata and baba ghanoush served with spring onion pilaf and seasonal pickles for $14.
237 Saint James Pl.; 215-625-8800
At Marcie Turney's 13th Street Mediterranean joint, the hanger steak ($18) heads to Southern Italy with a sweet and sour cipollini agrodolce, grilled Little Gem lettuce and a tonnato sauce.
110 S. 13th St.; 215-546-9300
Filet mignon ($19) isn’t generally on the list of usual tapas suspects, but chef Jose Garces pairs it with some over-the-top Spanish accompaniments: Cabrales cheese and Tempranillo jus. And there’s some foie gras and Swiss chard in there for good measure.
217-219 Chestnut St.; 215-625-2450
Brazilian steakhouses are always a good time, but the experience rarely comes cheap. This JFK Boulevard meat mecca recently rolled out an unbeatable lunch deal where for $14.90 you can have grilled-to-order picanha (top sirloin) plus unlimited access to an impressive hot and cold salad bar plus pão de queijo, a warm Brazilian cheese bread.
1901 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 215-525-3233
Located on the ground floor of the Loews Hotel in Market East, this brown-spirits specialist has an impressive deal on steak during lunch hours: a grilled flat iron steak with housemade butter, plus a watercress salad and fries for $18.
1200 Market St.; 215-231-7300