Peter Luger Steak House

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 All my boys know that their birthday will be a food-fest celebration for the whole family. Whatever else they may have planned with friends (who may or may not join us), we gather together on the actual day. Sometimes someone requests a favorite meal or we throw together an impromptu party. As they’ve gotten older, more often or not they request the restaurant they are not likely to take themselves to meaning, where can mom and dad pay the bill?

This year Calder chose his hands-down favorite steakhouse in NYC, Peter Luger, an old school 120 year old institution in Brooklyn. I remember the first time I went there as a newbie New Yorker in my 20s and made the mistake of asking for a menu. The waiter looked at me with an intimidating glance; “what else are you going to order?”, I’m sure he was thinking.

Subsequent visits over the years have taught me—its not that the waiters are snobby, rather, they are a professional, no-nonsense sort who take their jobs very seriously, which is to have cooked and delivered tableside the right size steak, fired and sliced to perfection along with the desired side dishes. As far as I’m concerned, those are your only decisions: what’s the doneness of your steak and what are your sides? The actual steak flavor is top-tier, beefy, tender, buttery with a perfect top crusty edge seasoned to perfection.

On the side are Tomatoes with White Onions, Hash Brown Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and a plate of Bacon. Atmospherically, it is a rollicking good time in spite of the guy-heavy, after-work, “we’re-on-expense-accounts” vibe.

  • Tam January 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hey! Mad Hungry is back on the Hallmark schedule starting next Monday at 1:00 and 1:30 in the afternoon. Granted it is reruns but I’ll take it. Maybe this means they realize 4 hours of their boring Home and Family show is NOT working. Hopefully Lucinda gets the opportunity to film a new season. This is, without a doubt, one of the best how to cooking shows.

  • Alan January 19, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I saw that also. Lucinda, please comment.


  • Elaine January 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’m contacting the Hallmark Channel. I want new episodes of Mad Hungry.

    We can do this.


  • Rose January 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I’m glad to see Lucinda and Mad Hungry back on each day. But really, can we get brand new episodes?


  • Jenny January 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm


    Great picture of you and Calder. Please talk to us. We see Mad Hungry repeats. What is Hallmark doing. We want new Mad Hungry episodes.


  • carrie January 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Saw this on Facebook.

    Folks, we only got here because of your dedication, so please make sure you tune in and spread the word! And keep telling Hallmark how much you love Mad Hungry:, on twitter:, email: and a phone number to call: 1-818-755-2400.

    Please, tell Hallmark we want brand new episodes.


  • Roni January 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    What great news to hear the show will be back. But there needs to be new episodes. “Pronto” Do people still use that word?


  • Helene January 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    They finally heard us !! Lucinda, please comment on here. Are the Hallmark people talking with you? Can we get new episodes? Repeats are good, but……..


  • Becky January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Let’s hear it for Mad Hungry. Where is the news on here?


  • Donnie January 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Hallmark runs their shows into the ground. Did Marie Osmond only make 10 episodes. They repeat them constantly. So as I’m glad to see Mad Hungry is coming back, I won’t truly be happy until the show returns.


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