Weekend Restaurant Food Porn: Steaks and More Steaks

I go in cycles where there are periods where I eat out at restaurants more frequently than at other times. Recently that has been the case.

So here's just some of the photos I've snapped over the past couple of weeks. Mostly steak and variations on salad. There's one vegetable dish. All this pics can be clicked for higher quality counterparts.

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Steak & Salad
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Encore!
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Can't get enough...
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The roasted cauliflower was great

Yes, no doubt I'm getting some franken oils in all of that, especially considering the salad dressings (blue cheese in two cases, ceasar in the other). Well, that's why I like to try and prepare my own food at least 90% of the time.

The rest I just chalk up to living. That said, I consider these minimal assaults on an otherwise pretty sane diet. What I almost never do -- but will on a blue moon -- is have so much as a morsel of bread or taste of dessert.

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Comments

  1. So – at which restaurants did you enjoy these beautiful meals? I’ve got a good one for you, in Morgan Hill, a NY steak, 2 1/2 pounds for $28, the rib eye, same size is $31. The beef is from Omaha, I doubt it’s grass fed but it does melt in your mouth, I’ll give you the name if we can go too!!

    • Well, we should get together again, Nancy. I’ll pass this on to Bea.

      Oh, these plates were from a favorite place of mine in Los Gatos, Chicago Steak & Seafood. A little bistro thing with year round outside seating.

    • Wow, I would love to find out where you can get a 2.5 pound rib eye for $31!

      • Okay, it’s at Sicilia En Bocca in Morgan Hill, a very tiny family business, their food is unbelievable. The rack of lamb is to die for but the steaks, wow.

      • I sent to Bea to’ake arrangements.

        Looking forward t0seeing you and Dave again. Been too long.

  2. I had a steak as well the other day and after reading your blog and the recent posts by Stephan Guyenet I’ve decided to eat white potatoes again because I”ve lost weight since going paleo and that wasn’t really my intention.

    • I have been eating a more Paleo way the last 3 weeks (or is it Primal since I increased sat fat and Paleo calls for “lean” meat?) and losing weight seems to go with the territory. But I guess that’s the point for most isn’t it? I’m only in it looking for health benefits but I too have lost weight I didn’t want to lose. If you ask me it is because Paleo types eat like birds…lol. The photos above are more like snacks in my way of eating before cutting grains. In the last 3 weeks I went from 1 dozen eggs per week to 2 and now may be adding a third because my breakfasts just don’t fill me up anymore . My old way of eating, it wasn’t the pound of meatballs and sausage that filled me up it was the loaf of Italian bread afterwards that I used to sop up the sauce!!! I eat sweet potatoes and that at least helps a “little” but without rice and bread, fat just doesn’t cut it. But I’m hanging in!
      However, looking at the photos above, I can probably eat all those meals in one sitting…lol.
      I used to love going to Texas Roadhouse and getting the Combo chicken and ribs. The chicken was huge and smothered in sauce and a nice big half rack of ribs. But it was the baked potato and the bread that would do me in. But I’m doing good so far. I don’t miss anything. Actually I hadn’t had wheat or sugar in a long while anyway. I only had to stop the rice and legumes etc. No biggie. But IMO the weight loss comes from the calorie deficit.

  3. Michael Field says:

    Hard to beat a good Wedge Salad!

  4. I have been going out to eat every Saturday for the last 28 years I’ve been with my wife. Not alone…we go together….lol. But in the last year we stopped because I find it hard to make choices now. In the past 7 months even more so because I’ve become even more anal about oils and cooking methods etc. Now, in the last couple of months and weeks it’s even worse. But one place we used to love to go to I gave up first on the list because they cook everything with butter. Their famous “cooked in butter” steaks and vegetables etc. It’s a Tex Mex place and even the Fahitas are drowned in butter (the peppers/tomatoes/onions). In my prior way of thinking I thought this was very bad. In my more recent “altered views” and research it seems that place might be a decent choice after all. “If” I decide to eat out….I don’t anymore.

    • Tommy:

      Sounds great, but check to see if it’s really butter. Many places say “butter” when to apply to any type of vegetable spread, margarine, etc. It’s frustrating as hell, but in my experience a waiter saying it’s cooked in butter means it’s something other than butter about 90% of the time.

      If it’s REAL butter, please share the name of the restaurant because some fajitas and veggies cooked in real butter is sounding awesome right now!

      • Ahhh, good call!! Come to think of it they won a “best steak” contest or something on the Regis And Kelly show and were asked about the butter. They assured the public it was “margarine.” (you know….the heart healthy stuff….ha ha). You’re right….I forgot about that….thanks.

  5. We eat out occasionally, but we never eat bread, pasta, or desert. I’m certain I get some franken oils but I’m gonna just have to live with it. I’ve also found most restaurants don’t mind changing their dishes to make them a little more paleo friendly. For example, one dish I often order is an appetizer that has thick cut chunks of bacon served over grits and topped with cane syrup which I order without the grits or syrup and they put an extra chunk or two of bacon on the plate. You are right though, the best way is to just make it yourself.

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