DINING BEAT : STEAKING OUT THE CHOICE.
Ventura Boulevard, the San Fernando Valley's restaurant row, should have two choices for USDA prime steaks by October.
That's when Charlie G's, a steak and chop house based on the best of those stalwarts in Chicago and New York, will open at 18663 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana.
In a facility that's been a delicatessen, a sports bar, a Californian-Pacific Rim restaurant and an Italian pizzeria, owner Charlie Gallo, a veteran local restaurateur, plans to introduce an upscale, clubby steak house with a patio, bar, piano entertainment and banquet room.
Gallo, who successfully directed the Knollwood Country Club's catering and food service operation for the past 20 years in Granada Hills, owned several restaurants and clubs in and around the Valley, including Nob Hill in Panorama City where the top big bands such as Les Brown's played, and The Casting Office in the Universal City area.
The other prime steak house is an unlikely place, El Paso Barbeque Co., also in Tarzana at 18938 Ventura Blvd.
This is where prime steaks run as low as $13.95 and the huge 24-ounce prime porterhouse is only $19.95.
As for Charlie G's prices, Gallo said his menu probably will range from the low $20s to the high $20s for dinner entrees, but that nothing absolute has been decided to date.
Gallo, in fact, admitted he's still searching for a chef.
An expert in handling weddings and other special events, Gallo welcomes calls regarding end-of-year holiday parties and any type of banquet occasion.
Information: (818) 344-1191.
Legacy on the Strip
The long-awaited Legacy restaurant on the shuttered Scandia site on the Sunset Strip may be getting closer to fruition, according to a major investor, entrepreneur-comedian Marty Ingels.
Ingels, who is doing a talk show at KIEV (AM-870) from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, said he hopes to be doing his radio show from the restaurant when it opens.
Landing a low-cost catch
Like the recently opened Catch 21 in Encino, there's a new low-cost seafood spot downtown owned by Julie Stone called City Pier Seafood, 333 S. Spring St.
Stone, previously associated with a number of top Westside restaurants, serves up whole catfish or whole striped bass ($10.95 each), various fish dishes from $5 up and cioppino for $12.95. The catch is that City Pier opens only for lunch and snacks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Information: (213) 617-2489.
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|Title Annotation:||L.A. LIFE|
|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jul 26, 1998|
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