There are certain moments in a man's life when only a steak will do.
But satisfying that carnivorous craving doesn't have to set you back a pretty penny.
Join us on a steakhouse odyssey as we count down five Seattle-area restaurants that offer a solid cut of meat for under thirty bones.
5. Jak's Grill
Local micro-chain Jak's has made a solid name for itself with decently-priced steaks in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. To wit: their petit dry aged New York strop steak, a corn-fed Nebraska sirloin that's aged for a minimum of 28 days priced at $27.95.
4. Wedgwood Broiler
This funky North Side institution has been in business for decades, attracting legions of fans hungry for old-school comfort food, stiff cocktails, and eight steaks priced at less than $30, cooked perfectly to order without fancy seasonings that would mask the flavor of the meat.
8230 35th Ave NE, Wedgwood (206-523-1115)
3. Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse
Head south on the 405 to this Renton institution that serves up Texas-sized portions of roadhouse staples. Jimmy Mac's is the only place on this list where you can chow down on an 18-oz T-bone for $29.95. Save some room for carbs, though — their yeast rolls are justifiably legendary.
225 SW 7th St, Renton (425-227-6881)
2. The Bookstore
Long-lived hotel bar The Bookstore is famous for its deep whiskey collection, but the food offerings — spearheaded by chef Chris Lobkovich — are equally deep. A 6-oz Painted Hills filet mignon with foraged mushrooms and duck egg goes for only $29. And steak frites is priced at $19 (we sometimes refer to this dish as "highway robbery").
1007 1st Ave, Downtown (206-382-1506)
1. Fresh Bistro
The best cheap steak in Seattle is only available on Monday nights, and requires travelling to West Seattle — but it's well worth the trip. Fresh Bistro is a neighborhood favorite seven days a week, but Steak Night packs the house with value-conscious diners getting 10-oz Wagyu New York strip loins for $15. Or for the same price, try the 6-oz filet wrapped in pepper bacon.
4725 42nd Ave SW, West Seattle (206-935-3733)