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Michael's Steakhouse in Pasadena

Alice | May 17, 200403:30 PM

Headed over to Michael's Steakhouse for a graduation dinner over the weekend. It was quiet, but we were there very early around 5ish. Seemed to have gotten busier by the time we left. It had a steakhouse atmosphere with a bar. It was a nice place for the graduation dinner.

Onto the food.

We shared crab cakes which tasted like regular crab cakes to me. We also had smoked salmon, I didn't like the smoked salmon too much, pretty tough, and a little too much cream cheese. I did however enjoy the large caper. We also tried the shrimp crepe, which I thought was ok as well. We had the mixed baby greens salad, which wasn't anything special but tasted like a normal salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and not the kind of balsamic dressing I prefer, creamier than the balsamic vinegar. My friend had the Marlene's Salad which was a wedge of lettuce topped with blue cheese and tomatoes and drenched in ranch dressing. I enjoyed that salad more than the baby greens. Overall the appetizers were ok, I am glad we went with a large group so that I could try so many. Other people had soups but I didn't sample any of those . . .

I ordered the filet, medium rare-rare, it was melt in your mouth delicious with a lot of good flavor. It came with different sauces, a gorgonzola sauce, a mushroom sauce, and a peppercorn sauce (a little too peppery for me). The steak itself was so flavorful it didn't need any sauce, but the gorgonzola sauce was really good, so I couldn't help but dab the steak and fries in it. For my side, I had the very creamy mashed potatoes, which was ok, but I loved the french fries that my bf had. The steamed veggies tasted normal. My bf had the medium rare porterhouse, but my steak was soo much juicier and tasty.

Apple tarte with ice cream, creme brulee, and bread pudding with ice cream. The apple tarte was ok, creme brulee, I didn't have any, and the bread pudding was very thick in texture, almost cake like? Thats prob not a very good description, but it was not watery or pudding like at all. Much thicker than the bread pudding I am normally used to, but it was tasty.

Overall, next time I go back if in the area (that's a good sign), I would order the filet with the sauces and french fries and be extremely happy.

I didn't pay so I don't know the bill, but the steaks ranged from $28 for the filet to $31 for the porterhouse.

PS: the restaurant has been around since January, so relatively new.

Link: http://www.michaelssteakhouse.com/abo...

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