Here in Fat City, the economy weighs heavily on our minds, particularly during election time. So, as card-carrying members of the Bull Moose Party (there aren't many of us left, you know), we're jumping on the beef platform, looking to cast a vote for the best steak deals in the metro.
Driving south on Highway 71, we stopped in Carthage, Missouri and saw this sign, pictured right, at the local Sirloin Stockade -- there isn't one in the Kansas City metro, alas -- and were impressed by the deal du jour, a 10-ounce Kansas City Strip for less than ten bucks.
Can we get one closer to home?
Hey, we know a cheap steak isn't necessarily a good steak, but some modestly-priced steakhouses throw in an array of extras to make the package more alluring: salad bars, buffets, desserts and Early Bird specials. Sometimes, a good deal is more effective than a good tenderizer.
5) Western Sizzlin Steak and More at 12300 Blue Ridge Extension in Grandview offers an 8-ounce New York Strip for $12.39. It includes a choice of potato, Texas toast, salad bar, potato bar and dessert bar.
4) The Golden Corral at 8800 N.W. Skyview Avenue in Kansas City doesn't offer a Kansas City Strip, but the $10.29 dinner buffet includes all-you-can-eat grilled USDA sirloin. "You can ask the grillmaster for whatever size you want, big or small," said one of the servers.
3) Texas Steakhouse has several suburban locations in the metro, including the Olathe venue at 11973 S. Strang Line Road. The 12-ounce Kansas City Strip -- aged and hand-cut -- is priced at $15.49 and includes two side dishes.
2) The Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon chain is owned by the same corporate chain that operates the more upscale Sullivan's Steakhouse and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, so the beef -- USDA Choice -- is somewhat better than most casual dining steak joints. At the Legends location in Kansas City, Kansas, a 12-ounce New York Strip is $18.99 and includes a choice of two side dishes.
1) OK, so it's not a ten-buck steak, but the LongHorn Steakhouse chain is owned by Darden Restaurant Group, the parent company of the ultra-pricey Capital Grille chain. The steaks are USDA Choice and the location at 9400 Barry Road is currently offering, for $18.49, an 11-ounce Kansas City Strip dinner that includes salad, baked potato and bread-and-butter.It's still a good deal.