Last Update
Oct 28th, 2013

Chuck's Steak House

1207 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33316
(954) 764-3333
Overall Rating
2.9
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review
05/10/2012

Details

Hours: 4pm - 11pm
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Private lot
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Entree Prices: Moderate-Expensive
Outdoor: Yes
Reservations: Yes
Happy Hour: 4pm-6:30pm, $2 off all drinks

Critic's Review

Chuck's on E 17th Street is closed. The Commercial Blvd location is still open.

Review 5/10/12

Chuck's Steak House is what steakhouses used to be in the 70's; reminiscent of Beefsteak Charlie's. Its a dark place, with old-style tile counters and wood booths. The smell of grilling meat is in the air as you get out of your car in the lot. They've dumped their 70's music for modern house music; I'm not sure why they think that the older, mostly regulars crowd here wants to listen to Ellie Goulding and LeeDeWyze.

The have a mix of old and new TVs; the typical partial redecorating that is pervasive in Fort Lauderdale's older establishments.

When I was a kid and I had my choice of places to go, it was always Beefsteak Charlies, because they had the all-you-can-eat salad bar and the good blue cheese dressing. I still enjoy blue cheese, and Chucks is one of the last steakhouses left that still has a salad bar. Now that salads have evolved into rabbit food with vinegrettes and other nonsense, its nice to load up a plate at the salad bar and pour a big ladle of dressing over greens of your choice. The bar has all of the favorite dressings along with old-favorite toppings like grape tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms, chick peas, hard-boiled eggs and black olives. There's also a few different kinds of bread and butter. Unfortunately, all of the greens are mixed together, so you can't decide between iceberg, romaine or spinach; so it's far from perfect.

Despite the name of the place, Chuck's has a full menu with burgers, sandwiches and steaks. I'd had the strip steak the last time I was here; a lean 9oz cut that's just $14.50 at lunchtime. You can add the salad bar to any lunch entree for $4.25. But I was in the mood for ribs today, so I ordered the half rack of ribs ($10.95) and the salad bar side with an iced Tea. As soon as you order, you can hit the salad bar.

The bowls could be bigger; it's difficult to cut a big salad on the smallish, not so rounded bowls and I didn't want to make 4 trips. The greens are mostly iceberg and spinach, which is ok with me. I was almost done with the salad by the time the ribs were delivered , which seemed like an awfully long time.

At first glance, these things are really sauced up. I almost thought it was humorous that they included extra sauce, as if someone would want to put EVEN MORE sauce on these. "Fall off the bone" certainly described these; these are restaurant ribs for people who have never had real barbecue. Not terrible, too sweet, too much sauce. The sweet potato (lunch grills come with 1 side) was done perfectly, and the broccoli garnish was unanticipated (and I left it on the plate).

With unlimited salad and bread and pretty good prices, lunch at Chuck's eliminates the need for dinner. I wouldn't order the ribs again; stick to the steaks and burgers or just gouge yourself on salad bar for $8. For what it is, Chuck's is what it is.

Review 2/16/10

Chuck's Steak House is what steakhouses used to be in the 70's; reminiscent of Beefsteak Charlie's. Its a dark place, with old-style tile counters and wood booths. The smell of grilling meat is in the air as you get out of your car in the lot. 70's music fills the air; its almost as if they're trying to freeze the place in time.

When I was a kid and I had my choice of places to go, it was always Beefsteak Charlies, because they had the all-you-can-eat salad bar and the good blue cheese dressing. I still enjoy blue cheese, and Chucks is one of the last places left that still has a salad bar. Now that salads have evolved into rabbit food with vinegrettes and other nonsense, its nice to load up a plate at the salad bar and pour a big ladle of dressing over greens of your choice. The bar has all of the favorite dressings along with old-favorite toppings like grape tomatoes, red onions, whole scallions, mushrooms, chick peas, hard-boiled eggs and black olives. There's also a few different kinds of bread and butter.

Chuck's is about steak and considering all of the food you get with the salad bar its a pretty good price. A 9oz strip steak will run you $21 with the salad bar for lunch; they also have a 12oz cut at dinner. Prime Rib is only available for dinner. They don't disclose the grade of the beef, but its pretty lean, so I'll guess that its select. Lunch steaks include a choice of baked potato, french fries or rice; dinner steaks include the salad bar. For $4.25 you can add the salad bar at lunch.

The food is pretty good and its a good place to go if you like a big salad. You can't go home hungry because you can just get as much salad and bread as you want. Note that Chuck's gets pretty crowded on weekends and in season, and they don't take reservations for less than 10 people. Its an older crowd; mostly the kind of folks that remember when Beefsteak Charlie's was a treat they looked forward to.

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