Last night the girlfriend wanted steak. We live in Silverlake and didn't want to go too far afield. Our favorite steak in the general vicinity is Nick & Stef's, but we've been there the last two times we went out for steak so decided to go elsewhere. It had been a long time since either of us had been to the Pacific Dining Car so we decided to go there. Neither of us recalled it as being as good as Nick & Stef's, but both of us recalled it as being good.
We got there, sat down and opened the menus. Holy Shit that place is expensive. More expensive than Nick & Stef's. Steaks are in the range of mid-$40s to high $50s. (Hell, even the simple hamburger steak was $30.) Salads were all $15 or $16. Sides were ludicrous, too. There was a charge for splitting things. The wine list was stupidly overpriced. And none of it, in either of our recollection, is as good as Nick & Stef's.
So, we folded our napkins and fled.
We still wanted steak, and having encountered sticker shock at the Pacific Dining Car we decided to go downmarket rather than simply to the nearby Nick & Stef's. Off we went to Koreatown and Taylor's where we hadn't been in quite some time.
It was fine, fit the bill in both senses. We got a nice table in the bar. The waiter suggested that the special bone-in ribeye was very good and big enough for us to split. It was, not a great steak but a plenty good steak. It came with a baked potato. We ordered another one. We ordered a salad that the waiter happily split for us and some creamed spinach and a couple of glasses of wine and a single malt scotch. And the whole bill, with a generous tip, came to less than it would have almost certainly cost one of us at the Pacific Dining Car.
In the future when I want a great steak I'll go back to Nick & Stef's or some of the other great places farther afield around town. But I sure as hell won't be back to the Pacific Dining Car where the steak isn't all that much better than it is at Taylor's, and the price is over the top.