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Porter's: Prime Steaks in Glendale

Griller141 | Dec 10, 200311:20 PM

Prime steaks, if you're into this type of rating, are hard to come by. There are a few places in Beverly Hills and environs, but not much else. There is one place in Pasadena (Arroyo Chop House), one in Burbank (Arnie Morton's), and now a somewhat improbable one in Glendale - Porter's in the Glendale Hilton Glenoaks and Brand.
No, the decor isn't very fancy: you enter through a lobby with waiting lines of harried businessmen and women waiting to check in to the Hotel; the restaurant is brightly lit but fairly cofortable, with armchairs (arms are a little low for my taste), and historic photos of Glendale scenes on the walls.
No, the service isn't great: the waitress was detained repeatedly by a staff wine tasting in the back and only the maitre d' seemed very interested in our well being. Drinks had to be imported from the nearby bar, but were competently made and very generous.
No, most of the food is no great shakes: limp relish tray, uninspired heart of romaine "Caesar" Salad; sides ($3-5 each)don't hold a candle to the Arroyo; forget dessert.
But the steaks are the real thing: spectacular ribeye - dense texture, intensely flavored, perfectly done, generous portion - one of the best steaks I have ever had; filet is a dream of tenderness and more flavorful than the usual. Every bit as good as Morton's and Arroyo, better than Ruth's and The Palm (not to mention Taylor's and Pacific Dining Car). May be the best steak in the city, but I'll have to try a second time to be sure.
And no, it's no bargain - $36 for the rib eye (includes nothing else) and similar prices for the others. Arroyo is probably a better deal overall and Morton's is a generally better experience, though you'll pay more.
If you're in the Glendale area and want a fine piece of meat, this may be the place - but the meat is really all you'll get.

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