Dinner At The Keg

Tonight I took Sarah to dinner at one of my favorite steak houses – The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. The Keg is Canada’s biggest and most successful steak chain, with over 90 locations and over $250 million of sales. Going to the Keg is normally a Sunday thing but since we did not go yesterday, I figure we’ll make it up today.

The Round Bread

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Regardless of what you order at the Keg, all dinners start with free bread and whipped butter. The bread is steaming hot, with a hard outside crust and soft bread inside. We like to pull the inside bread out and just eat the crust.

Baked Garlic Shrimp

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Our standard starter at The Keg is always the Baked Garlic Shrimp with herbs, Jack and Cheddar cheeses. We like to cut the bread in half, scoop out the insides and stuff the shrimp into the bread shell. The scooped out bread is great for sucking up all the butter. If we’re really hungry, we also order up some Scallops & Bacon, which is another favorite starter dish. However, tonight we skipped that.

Grilled Top Sirloin

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This was Sarah’s steak, Grilled Top Sirloin cooked medium rare, with mash potato and tomato top with cheese. I am starting to really like the taste of the Top Sirlion. I may start ordering this steak from now on.

New York Striploin

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This is my steak, the New York Strip, also cooked medium rare. It’s served with some Mexican and Caesar salad. Normally the New York comes with the tomato and cheese but The Keg likes to mix things up occasionally.

The best thing about dinning at The Keg is the price – it’s not expensive as far as steak houses go. Dinner for two came to just $66.00 with tips. If this were a dinner at Gotham (also own by The Keg), it would easily cost over $150.00. The steaks are better at Gotham but not by as much as the price difference would suggest.

While The Keg started in Vancouver and is still mostly a Canadian chain, they do have locations in the US. If you ever come across one, I highly recommend it.


13 thoughts on “Dinner At The Keg”

  1. Brad says:

    We had The Keg here in Oregon for many years. It didn’t do so well though and closed maybe two years ago. I honestly didn’t think it was that great. I’ll take Korean BBQ’d meat over a regular steak anyday.

  2. John Chow says:

    I have never tried a US Keg before. I wonder if they’re the same as the Canada ones?

  3. Carl says:

    I have had nothing but terrible steaks at The Keg the last 3 or 4 times I have been there. It’s never my choice when I go, but whenever I do I can be assured of a grainy, stringy, gristly, overcooked piece of steak.

    I prefer Ric’s Grill if you’re looking at the price range The Keg is in. They are based in Alberta, but have locations in Whistler and Kelowna.

    Of course if you don’t mind spending a bit more, you go to Gotham 🙂

  4. tim says:

    i’ve been to the oregon keg, and the chicago style ribeye was fantastic. too bad they have all closed in the portland area.

  5. Tim Scollick says:

    Carl–I was at a Keg in Toronto on Saturday night and 3 out of 4 our steaks were grisly garbage. The manager apologized, blamed the local supplier and reduced the bill, so maybe it’s your local supplier. Alberta does seem like a good place to get a steak though!

  6. Michael Kwan says:

    I didn’t know that you were Canadian, let alone a fellow Vancouverite. I also enjoy the Keg (I’m going to Keg Caesar’s for my birthday on Saturday), but you may also want to check out Bogart’s on West Broadway near Fir (next to the Earl’s). They’re quite good as well. Between Morton’s and Gotham, however, I prefer Morton’s. The ambience is a little classier, the service I find is better, and the Porterhouse is to die for.

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  7. Nokia says:

    The best side dish with a steak from the keg is the deep fried onions I think there called Swizzle Onions.

  8. Carl says:

    This is over a period of years though. If they keep having to blame their suppliers while their competitors get good beef, maybe they should look into getting new suppliers!

    Alberta has some of the best beef in the world, IMO. Along with USA, New Zealand, Austrailia, and Japan.

  9. Cam says:

    The shrimp starter rules. I get it everytime too. They serve a really good chicken and ribs meal too if you can find it on the menu. Did you know Wednesdays after 9 appys are half price? At least in one of the Victoria locations they are.

  10. El Pollo Loco says:

    The escargot is one of my all time favourite appetizers

  11. Gdog says:

    I miss The Keg. The only good steak I’ve had so far in Seoul was at Outback Steakhouse.

  12. The keg is just one of my favorite spot… there’s one in the Old Montreal, and me and my wife go there regularly.

    The price is ok, about 20-25$ per plate, plus drinks, wich amounts to a total of about 60$.. just like you said.

  13. Bob says:

    Finally you eat some normal food!

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