Quest for the Best: Steaks!


LaSalle Grill
115 West Colfax Ave.
South Bend

LaSalle Grill shows off the American infatuation with beef at its finest, with prime-aged beef in the leading role. The gourmet steaks are prepared to your liking and paired with colorful blend side dishes unlike anything from a traditional restaurant. In addition to the gourmet steak specialties, are rival entrees featuring fresh seafood dishes and other gourmet specialties that offer a variety to their menu selections, which would hearken to any food lover’s palette. For our first course, we especially enjoyed the baked brie, drizzled with lemon curd and fresh fruit…awesome!

The LaSalle Grill is the very presence of downtown charisma and lives up to its reputation of cuisine creativity. The elegant dining atmosphere is full of modern energy and sets itself apart from its downtown neighbors. The versatile space is used as a main level dining room that can be used for banquets as well as smaller groups with mid-level banquet facilities as well. The upper level cigar bar is perfect for an after work cocktail, or, an after dinner treat featuring live music.

The Grill’s generous portions and inviting staff topped off the entire experience perfectly allowing us time to fit in every last bite before presenting the check and made for a very relaxing evening.

Maury’s Pats Pub
901 W. 4th Street

Maury’s Pats Pub sits on the corner of 4th and Smith St. in Mishawaka – an unpretentious building amongst neighborhood homes. A seemingly quiet storefront welcomes each guest into a dining room ablaze with everything blue and gold. From signs to string lights to football helmets and the Notre Dame theme song being played at 7 PM every evening, Maury’s is a true supporter of the Fighting Irish. Whether you’re a Notre Dame fan or not, it is hard not to appreciate the comfortable, fun and charming atmosphere that Maury’s has created for its guests.

The staff at Maury’s is a diner’s dream: knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. And the food? Fabulous! The crab dip appetizer we had was fresh and hot and was an ideal start to a seemingly never ending array of food. The main courses, a NY Strip and a filet, were cooked, garnished and arranged to perfection. Juicy, tender and flavorful, not to mention huge, truly made the meal (and Maury’s) stick out as a restaurant that does “everything right”. With sides including hash browns, onion rings and salad, Maury’s provided more than enough food for not only dining in their restaurant, but for an additional meal for us the next day. Between the delicious food and enjoyable atmosphere, each guest will leave stuffed with visions of a little green leprechaun dancing in their head.

Eddie’s Steak Shed
12685 Adams Rd

Grill-masters… Put down your tongs and take a break tonight. Let Eddie’s Steak Shed show you a steak can be cooked to perfection even if it is not in your back yard. We started with larger than life battered mushrooms with a chunky homemade sweet and sour sauce. We recommend taking home half for lunch tomorrow to save room for the main attraction… Fall off the bone juicy steak. Our server suggested a Porterhouse and Ribeye for the marbling, which always translates to flame-kissed flavor. She was right and we were so happy. Both were cooked to medium rare perfection. Seasoned and warm on the outside, tender and a notch cooler on the inside. When the steaks arrived the hush that fell over our table quickly turned to oohs and ahhs while we tried our best to finish each and every mouthwatering bite. We topped off our to-go bag with tuxedo cake and were excited to find it at midnight. Yum! Although we believe our grill makes magic happen, our hat goes off to Eddie’s Steak Shed. The portions were generous, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we concede they cook a much better steak than we do!

Skip’s Restaurant
Located in Michigan on
Red Arrow Highway between
New Buffalo & Union Pier

Although Skip’s Restaurant is famous for its succulent cuts of prime rib, the two steaks we enjoyed definitely held their own. We shared the 11 oz. fillet and the 16 oz. rib eye. The fillet was very good; however, the rib eye was in a league of its own! True steak lovers know that rib eyes are known for their flavor, and this was a cut above. It was cooked exactly as requested, (med. rare), charred to perfection, and served with delicious home made Au Gratin potatoes and medley of crisp sautéed vegetables. This 16 oz. bit of heaven had just the right amount of marbling, which is sometimes hard to find in this type of steak. If you haven’t taken the short ride to Skip’s lately, or haven’t had the pleasure as of yet, don’t wait too long. You’re taste buds deserve it!!! And by the way…… don’t forget to order the homemade onion soup, FANTASTIC!!


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