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The Columbine claims to have been "nationally known for fine steaks since 1961." It's a survivor, the kind of place they don't make anymore, haven't made for decades: a steak diner, with a faded dining room in front and a dim lounge in the back. You tell the two cooks working the grill what you want from the menu hung right above them -- T-bone, New York or porterhouse, burger -- then pay at the register. Before you know it, you'll be digging into a great ten-dollar steak.
meat, meat, and meat. is all you see in the fridge. the place is run down, and doesn't look like much. the menu isn't very diverse... but if you want a steak and you want it now, this place is great. as you can see by the menu, steak is pretty much all there is, and this place is a great hidden lunch spot.
See more photos of Columbine Steak House at westword.com/slideshow. It's 1983, I'm ten years old — and it's steak night at the Sheehan household. Steak nights didn't happen very often at my house. But every now and again, Mom would go to the... More »
The sultans of sirloin who blithely run up $300 dinner tabs at gilt palaces like Morton's and Del Frisco's would never deign to set foot in the Columbine Steak House & Lounge. At the scruffy Columbine, on scruffy Federal Boulevard, they've been... More »
Columbine is less about the steaks and more about the scene -- one of the most interesting you'll find in this town. People from all walks of life pass through the forty-year-old joint, and some even order the steak. Which means that group, at least, will go away happy, because when the grill guy is in a good mood, the twenty-ounce porterhouse, which costs less than half of what it would at a big-name steakhouse, arrives juicy and tender, with a nicely charred edge and a big pile of... More »
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