Restaurant Review: When you drive along Broadway in Chula Vista, you certainly get a throwback feel, as though you’ve traveled back to the Prohibition Era when celebrities stopped along this main thoroughfare before heading to Tijuana. Although I’m not sure if celebrities have ever landed at Center Cut Steakhouse — the restaurant has that same 1920’s look & feel. Make reservations for any 1st Saturday of the Month and you’ll enjoy a 1lb. Maine lobster made in south of the border Puerto Nuevo style.
My “beef” with Center Cut Steakhouse is that the iconic sign calls out to visitors on Broadway street, but the restaurant is tucked further inside a parking lot, making it slightly hard to find. It took me two visits before I finally located the restaurant — and I’m glad I did.
About The Beef At Center Cut Steakhouse
Speaking of beef, as the name would indicate, this is a steakhouse. Beef is their specialty. Their juicy, cooked to perfection and reasonably priced slabs include:
- The 12 oz New York Strip ($20),
- 20 oz Rib Eye ($30)
- 8 oz Arrachera ($19).
- They’ve also got Prime Rib: Petite, Regular and Supreme (20 oz) cuts.
Center Cut’s burgers are also hand pattied, meaning when they weight out the actual steaks, they take all the trimmings. So they take the trimmings from the filet mignon, new york, rib eye and grind it together. So it’s a real steak burger.
More Than A Steakhouse: Mmmmmm
But don’t just come for their cuts of exceptional red meat. They also have an all you can eat buffet breakfast on Saturdays & Sundays from 8am-2pm for $9.99. For $3 extra, you can throw in a Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Or check out their lunch menu that includes their Arrachera Al Carbon with a side of Chimichurri, their Mesquite Grilled Cornish Hen, or their Prime Rib Asada Burrito with avocado sauce on a spinach flour tortilla:
You’ll love their plush booths that throw you back to the days when huddling up and having a private conversation with your significant other was the best kind of evening. For the socially rambunctious who miss the days when dives were “the thing,” they also have a bar open from 6pm to 1:30pm.
The bar is what kept the establishment going until Chef Ramon Gomez came onto the scene. Center Cut Steakhouse is actually 25 years old. However, six years ago the original owner passed away. The restaurant then went through a series of owners.
Meet the Owner: Chef Ramon
A year and a half ago, Chef Ramon Gomez came onto the scene. Originally from Colombia, he moved with his parents to New York city when he was sixteen years old. Chef Ramon went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and came to California. He was the one who helped open all the Rockin’ Baja Lobster restaurants in Oceanside, Newport Beach and Bonita. He also worked at the Blue Crab in Point Loma, South Bay Fish & Grill as well as at a couple of butcher shops. Yes, he is that seasoned in cooking.
Now he’s been successful at this new adventure. Chef Ramon has many signature dishes and you’ll have to go yourself to read the great menu. He tells me that his signature dessert is the creme brûlée. I tell him, it’s not just ‘signature,’ it’s divine:
If you think this place hasn’t been “discovered,” turns out the San Diego Reader already has a review. Check it out here.
Address: 534 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
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