Mad Men may be over, but the martini drinking, steak consuming era of the '50s still lives on. In Manhattan Beach, it comes in the form of The Arthur J, a steakhouse by chef David LeFevre. Curved booths and geometric patterns can be found here, along with an equally decade appropriate menu to go along with it. Steaks—big ones, so you'd be wise to share—are available in various cuts, wet or dry, with both obvious sauces (Bernaise) and ones that might make you pause (Vietnamese Caramel). But let's back up: the popovers come with a strawberry butter that is thoroughly addicting, and there are appetizers that would make Draper proud, like a shrimp cocktail, rich Swedish meatballs, and an anchovy-laden Ceasar salad. Once you've made it through the steaks and requisite side dishes, old school desserts await on the other side: strawberry shortcake, maybe, or a light blueberry cheesecake. Now where's the cigar lounge?
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