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The crunch bunch: Steak on a budget

Bill's Produce Store

The Depot, 100 North Road, Brighton, tel: 01273 692 894

The people who haunt this deli/café can be divided into two groups: those here for the fabulous cakes; and those here for the £8.75 peppered-steak focaccia sandwich

Katie's Diner

12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 229 1394

Geoff and Kate Ness's friendly American-style restaurant is famous for its prime Scottish steaks. Rump with coleslaw and chips or buttered potatoes is just £10.95

Hix Oyster & Chop House

36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, London EC1, tel: 020 7017 1930

A full-flavoured hanger steak served with a halved, stuffed marrowbone is £14.90, although some have been known to drop £63 on the porterhouse for two

Read 'Eat', Terry Durack's blog, at independent.co.uk/eat