Well, why fight my unconscious? bedfull_o_books wanted beef also, so off we went.
Frank's Steak House
2310 Massachusetts Avenue
North Cambridge, MA 02140
M-Sa 1530-2200, Su 1030-2200
Frank's says it's Boston's oldest steak house, established 1938. It's best been described as a suburban style steak house which happened to be on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge instead of out around 128. Speaker Tip O'Neill used to eat here, and it really is a piece of the old North Cambridge/West Somerville, before the Red Line came, and before the neighborhood changed to what it is today.
For us, one of the great advantages is that it's walking distance from Davis Square.
The steaks are fine. They're not what you'd get downtown at some expensive carvery, but they don't cost anywhere near as much, either. The prime rib, which we both got on this visit, comes in two sizes: $16.95 for a regular portion and $19.95 for a king cut. I got the king cut on the theory that I would have leftovers. As it turned out, although there was a large bone attached to the cut, it fed me for three meals.
Side dishes mostly stay out of the way; two are included with your main dish. You can choose soup, salad, vegetable, potato, or rice. The salad was mostly iceberg but fresh; the broccoli were reasonably well cooked without being overcooked.
There's a full, well-patronized bar. It looks like there's a regular after-work crowd. At times it becomes a piano bar.
Obviously we had no room left for dessert.
Frank's fills the "neighborhood steak house" niche quite well.