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January 27, 2010 > Restaurant Review: Beck's Steak and Seafood

Restaurant Review: Beck's Steak and Seafood

By J.D. Wolfe

There is nothing better than well-cooked steak and fresh seafood but where do you go? I have an excellent suggestion - Beck's Steak and Seafood in Newark. It is easy to find on Cedar Boulevard in a corner building that looks like a grand old farm house. The large parking lot is nestled among beautiful evergreen trees. It really does set the mood - very relaxing.

When you enter, the dining area is to the right and a large banquet room in the rear. To the left is a nice cocktail lounge area with flat screen TV and the option to dine in there as well. The kitchen is nice and open. Beck's relaxing atmosphere offers a wonderful dining experience.

I was cordially greeted, promptly seated and handed a menu. Immediately I was confronted with a dilemma. Ordering a steak at Beck's can be difficult. Along with traditional New York or Filet Mignon, entrees such as "Truck Driver" and "Max Goodwin" were listed. I had to ask for help from my waiter. All steaks are cooked over an iron broiler and seasoned with special salts.

What made the decision even more difficult was the variety of entrees including veal and poultry. Most important to me was an excellent array of seafood options. It might be wise to visit before you go to get a head start.

I intended to just order a steak but an internal voice was advocating seafood. I compromised and ordered an appetizer of Tiger Prawn Grilled Shrimp. Four very large shrimp arrived hot off the grill all partially soaking in a bowl of melted butter richly flavored with garlic. The shrimp were cooked to perfection and fresh... really fresh. Wow!

A bed of shredded cabbage really complements the shrimp. Trust me on this one; you have got to order this appetizer. I am certain there is a line of super-healthy, dedicated shrimp in the ocean anxiously vying for service at Beck's. This probably explains why they were so delicious!

Dinner comes with a choice of salad or soup; I ordered the salad. It is simple, fresh and provides a perfect transition between an appetizer and a main course steak. After the salad my perfectly cooked Rib Eye Steak arrived and it was huge, weighing in at 16 ounces - a full pound! Nestled on the same plate was a nice-sized baked potato with one cup each of sour cream and butter. Cooked vegetables occupied the last possible spot on the plate. I usually do not eat cooked broccoli but I ate these and accompanying carrots. The veggies were perfect!

The steak was full of flavor and so tender that it is possible to finish the entire steak before realizing you were full after just a few ounces into the meal. I hate to admit defeat but there was no way I was going to finish this meal in one sitting. However, the steak and veggies were just as excellent the next day.

Although I was unable to sample dessert, Becks offers fancy homemade creations; just ask for the homemade desserts.

Joe Beck established Beck's Steaks and Seafood in 1971 in Fremont on Peralta Blvd. The restaurant subsequently expanded to its present location in Newark. Their mission is to provide great service, food and ambiance; all their steaks are hand cut and seafood is always fresh to your satisfaction.

They deliver big time! In fact, and you know this is coming, I would "stake" my name on a Beck steak!

Reviewed: January 20, 2010

Beck's Steak and Seafood
36665 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 797-7556

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