In the mornings I often hear Mitch in the Morning on KJR radio talk about his love for the Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks & Chops. But even without the advertisements, Daniel’s is well known as one Seattle’s premier steak restaurants. Probably the best known is Daniel’s on Lake Union or even in Bellevue, but the original is Daniel’s in Leschi. It was started by Dan Sandal, who family roots took him back in the Seattle food business. His grandfather, Dan Zido started two separate meat markets in the Pike Place Market. Dan Zido’s son in-law, and Dan Sandal’s father sold to restaurants, thus Sandal had a great deal of exposure to the food industry. With his experience, Sandal and partners started Benjamin’s which they later sold to the Schwartz Brothers. Then in 1980, Sandal decided to open a restaurant bearing his name: Daniel’s. A year later, he again sold to Schwartz Brothers who continued the tradition of his fine dining steakhouse. Perfectly located on the shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina it was a very convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was added. In 1989 around the time I-90 was being upgraded, Daniel’s opened their Bellevue restaurant and shortly thereafter the restaurants went to exclusively serving USDA prime beef with the goal of becoming a world-class steakhouse. In 1999, the former Benjamin’s space on South Lake Union became the third Daniel’s location.
Today, all three Daniel’s restaurants are Seattle favorites to eat a great steak and have a good time.
The other day I was out and someone brought up Canlis Restaurant, which I believe is the best restaurant in Seattle. There are many restaurants that I enjoy, but to me, when it comes to ambiance, food, and service, there is none better. The discussion about Canlis that night had varied opinions, but no one could sway mine. Then the inevitable argument against Canlis came up: “But it is so expensive.” I realize the economy is struggling, so my argument is much weaker than before. Nevertheless I argued, as I have for years, that Canlis is not expensive, at least in comparison to other top Seattle restaurants. So this time, I decided to back up my assertion with a simple search.
I personally love to order the New York or Filet Mignon at Canlis, thus I thought I would see how their steaks compare to other restaurants where I have enjoyed a great steak. The competition was chosen from memory with relative ease: Daniel’s, The Met, and El Gaucho. I know I am leaving out some great steak houses, but these were the first that came to mind. When I checked each of their websites, I found the following:
Some of the restaurants stated the size of the cut, others did not. I cannot remember what sides come with a steak in one restaurant versus another. And like I said, I only compared the price of two different steaks and nothing else on the menu. But to me, this proves my point that Canlis is not expensive when contrasting it to what I think are comparable restaurants……but really does any restaurant compare to Canlis?