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I expected more....... After years of hearing wonderful reports on Peddler's Steakhousef, and with the kids out house for the night, my husband and I headed there for dinner. The decor is very outdated. The carpet is worn and in desperate need of replacing. The chairrails are dinged and chipped. As for the food, the steak was very good. I had the primerib and my husband had a custom-cut ribeye. Both were cooked to perfection... however that's the only thing I enjoyed about the meal.The onion ring appetizer was flavorless and about the quality you can find in your grocer's freezer. The salad bar was self-serve. OK, it you like that sort of thing. The garlic bread served with the meal was pointless and not much different than your basic toaster oven garlic bread. Lastly, when my husband asked for chives for his baked potato what he got was a dish full of the lovely dried chives you buy in bulk from any warehouse club. Very sad. If all you want is good meat - by all means head to Peddler's. If you want a little more for the $100 you're going to spend, head to Angus Barn.
Great Dinner. We had a great experience here. Loved the classic steakhouse look and received excellent service. The steaks were perfectly done and seasoned just right.Definatly not a chain restaurant experience. Prices were appropriate and the portions were perfect for us. We felt that the place was clean and well maintained as well which is what I usually look at first. I definately reccomend this to anyone looking for a quiet, inviting, and pleasant dinning out experience.
Steak is good but. "Yes" i have to say steak was very good but place maybe needs make over or at least change the carpet. This place is not for romantic evening or a date, but for couple of friends to have good steak and beer... why not.
Average, just average. For years I've heard nothing but good things about this restaurant, so I finally drove about an hour to try it. While waiting at the bar, I ordered the Pineapple Upside Down Martini which was wonderful. Once seated, I ordered the Petite Filet & my husband ordered the NY Strip. The salad bar was good, but nothing to brag about. It was just a salad bar! Once our dinner was served I noticed my filet was cut into almost three pieces (almost like medallions, but still connected on one side.) I asked our waitress if that was how they served filets since this was our first visit & she said that it was a "mushroom cut" and that it probably came off the end of the loin. I sent it back & ate my crinkle cut fries while they cooked another steak. My husband's NY strip was okay. He felt it was overpriced for the quality. Once I got my steak I couldn't help but agree with him. I wanted so much for this restaurant to "wow " me since I'd heard so many good things, but I really felt like I had just eaten at Outback and paid Ruth's Chris prices! Our waitress was very nice & accommodating and we did receive good service throughout the evening. At least we can say we tried it, but we probably won't go back unless someone else suggests it.
Great traditional steakhouse.
I have been to Angus Barn plenty of times, but I think Peddler does a far better steak. Also, I prefer the ambiance of Peddler to Angus Barn. Yes, it's small and quiet, but that's why we enjoy it! The salad bar is excellent, and my father (a vegetarian) will often accompany us and raves about the salad bar!
Overall, it's a steakhouse devoted to a nostalgic era. I think bringing the check up to front is kind of cool! As for the swinging doors and small bar, we sat one time in front of those doors and we never noticed it! I think it adds to its ambiance.
You just can't beat their filets!
I have to add something because I just read the review by someone who went with a gluten allergy. My niece has a severe gluten allergy as does my mother. I know from experience that you can not show up a restaurant and expect to accommodate a gluten free diet because you have to actually have TWO different grills. Both my sister and mother call BEFORE to ensure they can accommodate their diet restrictions, as most can not. To show up and expect the cooks to clean the grill to make your steaks doesn't seem reasonable, and it's also not efficient enough to prevent contamination. When my mother visits, we only go to places that advertise they have a gluten free menu, as they have the separate grill.
My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner tonight at the Peddler (our first visit) and we could not have been more pleased. Our waitress was top-notch and very attentive. The food was absolutely wonderful. We both had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection and the salad bar had everything you could possibly want. They kept it very well stocked at all times. The bread was the only item that wasn't absolutely stellar... it was just okay, but really, we were there to enjoy the steak.
As some of the other reviews mentioned, the decor is outdated and you do have to bring your check to the front, however the food and service far outweigh this. We will make this a regular stop for future celebrations.
Good Steak & Dessert - But Little Else.
We recently went here for our anniversary, having never set foot in the door. We had a couple of positive recommendations, almost entirely from the parents or grandparents of friends.
The Peddler certainly does a good steak - I had a filet, and my husband had the prime rib. But almost every other element to the dining experience was mediocre... or a little strange.
This is a small, aged venue. The low light was nice, but looking up offers a view of a dingy dropped ceiling. It was fairly quiet, which would have provided intimacy, had we not been sat at a table directly beside the loud, swinging, saloon-style doors to the meager bar.
The little salad bar had a few unexpected items that were a plus. But what we ended up eating from it wasn't very good. The basic salad fare was weak and kind of unsavory.
There is an absolute oddity to having a ramekin of sour cream, and one of butter, set on your table before your drinks even come. Is the kitchen assuming that every customer will be ordering a baked potato?
The bread wasn't delivered until the entrees came, and it was disappointing. A few grilled slices of bland Italian bread that ended up tasting remarkably like hot dog buns.
The steaks, again, were good, and priced decently. We recommend ordering it on the higher end of done, as there was a lot of blood on our plates at 'medium'.
The service we had was helpful and friendly, and the dessert was actually one of the best tasting things we sampled.
All in all, not a bad choice if someone is local and mostly looking for a better-than-chain steak. Unless one has a history of visiting (and therefore an attachment to) The Peddler, this is not a place we would recommend for special occasions.
We both agree that paying the extra money to slip down the road to The Angus Barn is a more rewarding choice.
Outback Prices, Angus Barn Quality.
There's certainly a reason why this restaurant has been in business for as long as it has; good quality, good prices, good service.
The salad bar, which is included with most every meal, is my favorite in town; expansive and somewhat exotic choices like fried oysters, artichoke hearts, real bacon and homemade salad dressings are worth your time.
I've tried almost every cut of meat and type of fish that the restaurant offers, and I have been delightfully impressed with each and every meal I've ever eaten there. The filet melts in your mouth, the prime rib is juicy and flavorful and the tuna steaks are cooked to perfection. I always want more of the grilled bread that comes with the meal.
If you're a fan of a girly cocktail, DO NOT overlook the pineapple upside-down martini. Designed with love by the legendary Joyce Barefoot (co-owner), this is easily my favorite drink. Ever.
For a memorable Thursday evening out, grab some dinner at the Peddler and then hit O'Malley's right up the hill for some non-judgmental and always hysterical karaoke.
The Peddler far outshines the chain steakhouses with its unbeatable customer service, reliable ambience, and high quality product. I, for one, would never dream of paying to eat at the Angus Barn of Ruth's Chris when you can find the same high quality for a much more reasonable price.
Good Steak, but.....
Cooking a Good Steak is not a Big Deal, just about anyone can do it with a good cut of meat.
We made our first visit to Peddler's this past week as a group of 10, to celebrate my In-Law's 50th Anniversary.
The first thing I noticed while being ushered to a back room was that the place smelled like an old Diesel Submarine (really). And I didn't think that the building was that old. Thought maybe it had been heated with fuel-oil at one time.
The interior was drab at best...in dire need of a major remodel. Happened to pass who was probably the owner on the way back, standing in the doorway with a big cigar in his fingers, and a waitress reminding him that he couldn't have that in here (probably why the place stinks!
The waitress was pleasant, but given too many tables, preventing her from managing ours properly. Lots of dirty dishes and crumbs left on the table between courses.
Overall... just kind of blah....
FOOD ALLERGIES BEWARE!.
This is one of Raleigh's older and more established restaurants that has been around for some time now. The decor is a bit outdated, however they serve a DECENT steak if you are looking for a change of the chain choice-grade steakhouse (Texas Roadhouse/Longhorn, Outback, etc.).
The peddler will come around to your table, show you the cuts of steak that are available and carve it right there for you. Then they'll take it and cook it on a small grill which is (thankfully) open to the dining area.
Yeah, so don't come here is you have Celiac Disease or any other food allergy. What was to be a "special" meal for my girlfriend and I turned into a terrible night.
We ordered our steaks and pointed out that we had a food allergy to Gluten. The waitress kind of looked at me funny, so I repeated and said that we were "allergic to bread". The clueless look on her face was an alarm.
On our second round of drinks, I actually pulled the waiter (who wasn't our waitress) aside and re-iterated that we had a food allergy to Gluten/bread and I asked that he communicate this to the person working the grill.
(I pointed this out again because I noticed grill marks on some bread on the plate of a customer seated next to us.)
The waiter then went back and huddled with the grill master, another waiter and waitress (the kitchen is open) and then I guess realized that they needed to clean the grill.
Well our steaks were already on, so they had to throw them away, properly clean the grill and start them back up again.
After we were done with our meal, the kitchen manager ( a guy in his 50s/60s wearing dirty glasses) proceeded to come to our table and remind us that next time we need to let the know of our food allergies ahead of time, because they had to discard the first set of steaks. His voice was filled with bitterness and I swear he sounded just like Boomhauer from King of the Hill.
I then reminded this redneck that I told two different people, one our waitress who took our order and second a waiter who delivered our drinks of the allergy. My poor girlfriend by this time had uncomfortably scowered down into her seat. I then made the point that he needs to make sure his waitstaff properly relays food allergies to the kitchen going forward.
Before I could finish, he immediately turned and walked away. This had to be the most uncomfortable I have ever felt at a restaurant in my life....and the first time I didn't leave a tip too.
Not only was this place dangerous in their food preparation, the classless kitchen manager actually confonted us as if we did something wrong! What a coward.
Avoid this place at all costs if you have a food allergy, care about ambiance or care about customer service.
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