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View the Edward's Steak House menu

Restaurant: Edward’s Steakhouse

Where: 9600 Flair Drive, El Monte

Phone: (626) 442-2400

Reservations: Not necessary

Cocktails: Yes

Service: Full wait service

Atmosphere: Casual to nice

Outdoor Dining: No

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diner’s Club, Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: Yes, with membership and almost seniors, too!

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes and Banquets, too

Price Range: $4.95 – $23.95

Right as you walk in, there's a cubby with family heirlooms (and some customer contributions) from "Grandma's Attic"

Ricky decorates for all the holidays

Wings appetizer

Bread and salad

Salad

Clam chowder

New York steak with baked potatoes and chile

Filet Mignon with steamed vegetables and wedges of cheese

Caramel Pecan Passion Friazo

Homemade potato chips with salsa

Kid's meal sirloin steak

Under all those grilled onions is a great big hamburger steak

Prime rib sandwich

Double Fudge Frenzy Friazo

 

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 A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

Edward’s Steakhouse Family Tradition Moves Toward 60th Anniversary

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Every once in a while, I go to a restaurant that makes me sit up and take notice, and say, wow, that was really something.  Edward’s Steak House in El Monte is one of those places.

 

It opened in Los Angeles in 1946, and opened a second store in El Monte some time later.   It is run today by Ken and Olga Rausch, of the same family that opened the Los Angeles store. The atmosphere is comfortable, and as Katie pointed out to me, it’s the kind of place where people in a suit and tie feel perfectly comfortable, yet people with jeans or shorts and a tee-shirt feel just as much at home.  Lots of dark wood and diamond tuck chairs that came to the store from Los Angeles when it closed in 1990.  And sawdust on the floor, just like in the old days.  I had actually gone there back in the early eighties, and was curious to see how it it would compare two decades later.

 

We enjoyed our first visit so much, and were so impressed with everything they had to offer, that we decided to make a second trip so that we could write about more of the items, because with all they have to offer, just writing up the two meals Katie and I had on our first visit couldn’t do it justice.

 

Edward’s has a Big Eaters menu and a Little Eaters Menu.  The Big Eaters menu comes with two sides and a bowl of soup or a salad, the Little Eaters menu comes with a cup of soup or a salad and one side.

 

Edward’s rewards its regular customers in the 35 and up age group.  Tuesday nights, the 55 and over crowd receives 20% off upon joining the club, which requires only that you fill out an information card.  As a member of the club, each thirteenth meal is on the house.  Thursday nights, the same benefits are available to those who’ve joined the 35- 54 club.

 

Each holiday, the entire establishment is decorated by one of the waiters, (I think Ken said his name was Ricky?  Good job Ricky!).  The Halloween decorations were stellar, and contributed to the fun atmosphere.

 

On our first visit, Katie and I went without Keelan, and we started with the chicken wings for an appetizer.  These wings came with the sauce on the side (a plus in my opinion), and it was kind of a sweet and spicy sauce, not too vinegary like I find most wings sauces to be.  I ordered the ½ pound Angus Filet Mignon (a weekly special), which was part of the Big Eaters menu, and got a bowl of Clam Chowder to start, and for sides I had fresh steamed vegetables and a wedge of American Cheese.  That’s an item I’ve never seen on any restaurant menu before, and it was quite good.  The clam chowder was delicious, thick and creamy, with lots of clams.  The Filet came out cooked exactly as I’d ordered it, and was nice and tender, one of the better steaks I’ve had in a while.  There were plenty of steamed veggies in the side order, as well, cooked just right.  Katie ordered the New York steak, with a baked potato and chili.  Her steak was also cooked as requested, and was, to use her word “yummy.”   I tried a bite, and she was right.  It was quite yummy.  The chili was also quite good, with lots of chunks of beef in it.  For dessert, we split a Caramel Pecan Passion Friazo, which consists of caramel iced cream, with caramel mouse, a rich caramel sauce, and crunchy glazed pecans.  Outstanding!

 

On our second visit, we had cocktails to start with and the lemon-drop martini Katie ordered and the chilled vodka straight up that I ordered were brought to our table in the shaker, and shaken and poured by our waitress.  Definitely not something you see every day.  We tried the homemade potato chips as our appetizer, which are served with salsa, and requested some ranch dressing on the side.  I’ve never had fresh, homemade potato chips before, that I recall, and while I love potato chips out of a bag (I’ve been known to eat a whole family-sized bag), these were even better.  Definitely worth a try.  For dinner, Keelan ordered the Sirloin Steak off the Kid’s Meal (at under $6, a heck of a deal) which is served with Shoestring French-Fries, Fresh Vegetable or Fresh Fruit plus your choice of Milk, Soda or Orange Juice.  He chose the fries and the soda.  He enjoyed his steak, and had to take a little home. 

 

Katie ordered the Hamburger Steak off the Big Eater’s menu, with steak fries, and spinach.  Ken tells me that the Hamburger Steak is one of their big sellers, and having tasted Katie’s, which was smothered with grilled onions, I can see why.  Back in the late seventies, when I broke into the restaurant business at Marie Callender’s, we had a good hamburger steak, but it wasn’t as good as Edward’s, and it was removed from the menu not long after I started there.  You don’t see it on many menus, so I’m glad Edward’s is keeping it around.  I’m probably going to have that on our next visit.  A word to the wise, though, if you are ordering fries, you might want to order them on a separate plate, unless you like them dipped in your steak juices, (which we don’t).  Both Keelan and Katie’s “steaks” were so juicy that the fries got soggy.  The spinach, by the way, is not the “creamed spinach” many places serve, it’s just spinach, but enhanced by garlic and other seasonings, and it, too was “yummy.”  

 

I decided I wanted to try their prime rib sandwich, served on a french roll with au jus and creamy horseradish sauce, and a choice of sides.  I chose fresh fruit.  The sandwich was piled high with thinly sliced prime rib.  I don’t know why more restaurants don’t offer that.  When you do find a prime rib sandwich, it’s usually an open-faced version with a single thicker slice.  I don’t think of a sandwich as something I should need a steak knifed to cut through.  Well, at Edward’s, you don’t, it’s thin sliced, and tender and tasty. 

 

For dessert, we tried the Double Fudge Frenzy Friazo, rich chocolate ice cream blended with brownies, topped with chocolate mousse, chocolate fudge sauce, and more brownies.  Out of this world.  We have added Edward’s to our list of places to go just for dessert, too.

 

One of the reasons Edward’s has hung in for nearly sixty years, is that they have stuck with their original philosophy, which is to provide top quality, fresh meals, prepared from their own original recipes and served in a professional, courteous manner.  To this day, they still cut all of their steaks and fresh fish, in addition to preparing all of their soups, sauces and dressings on the premises daily.  Speaking of which, Katie wanted me to be sure to mention that their ranch dressing is excellent, with a little bit of a lemon taste to it, it’s not just your standard ranch dressing.  And also that she really enjoyed their house dressing, which is their version of a Russian dressing.

 

You can view Edward’s menu by going to the San Gabriel Valley Menus.com website and clicking on their link on the “Steak Houses” page, or go directly to their site at www.Edwards-Steakhouse.com.   I heartily endorse this restaurant, and encourage you to stop by for a top notch meal.

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring more than 150 restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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