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The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: Situated in the Lakeview area, Steak Knife has operated continuously longer than any other restaurant in the area. That speaks well for the quality of the service and the product. While the interior is nice but plain, the food can hold its own with the best steakhouses in the city. Rib-eye steaks, strip steaks and filets can come topped with Louisiana crab meat, blue cheese or bordelaise sauce. Fish smothered with crab meat and butter sauces compete with the steaks for sheer caloric heft, while the shrimp bordelaise adheres to the only-in-New Orleans Creole definition of that classic French sauce, which means prepared with lots of garlic, butter and parsley. Side dishes and appetizers include assertively seasoned onion rings, crunchy eggplant sticks, and the Seraphine salad, a bounty of artichoke, avocado, asparagus and hearts of palm with Boston lettuce. All desserts are made in-house, but the blondie à la mode with caramel sauce probably ranks as the most enticing. The wine list appropriately features an array of hearty reds. A popular hang-out for the Lakeview crowd, the bar opens one hour before the dining room.