As the new moderator of the Restaurant Forum, I thought I would try and contribute a little something each week that might provide some gastric insight in some regional, and not-so-regional, dining venues. As some of you know, I am a sales rep, and have the opportunity to travel and dine in restaurants frequently. I come across some great ones, and some not-so-great ones. I will provide revues on both. If you have a recommendation, let me know. I'll check it out.
The first restaurant to review is Ruth's Chris Steak House. I'll start buy saying that if you want to eat here, bring the checkbook. The steaks were $35-$45 per entr?e, and everything is ordered "ala cart". A salad was $6, taters were $8, and vegetables were $8. I'm sure high rollers like KSCraig and PS think nothing of it, but for the average Joe, figure $70-$80 a head to eat.
Now I have had some great steaks in my lifetime, and most of them came right off my wood fired grill in the back yard, but I will say that this was the best "restaurant" steak I've every had. I had the ribeye, and it came out sizzlin', on a
' hot plate (that is their trade mark), drippin' with some kind of butter on top. The flavor was great and it was very tender. I found out that they are broiled in an 1800 degree oven. Now, again, I prefer my steaks with grill marks, and licked by a wood fire, but it was still a great steak.
The sides were awesome. I had the sweet tater casserole. This was some kind of mashed sweet tater with a topping that had brown sugar and pecans in it. This dish alone would have made the trip. After just a couple of bites, I was trying to figure out what was in it, so I could try it at home. It was so dayum hot when it was served though, ya couldn't eat it for fifteen minutes.
The service was impeccable. Each waiter has an assistant, so you are never in need of anything. The ambiance was appropriate. I say that in that it was exactly what a restaurant that cost what it does, should be.
I will ad this. I ate at the Ruth's Chris in Orlando. As we were leaving, I saw Lee Corso from ESPN. I thought about whippin his azz, but was so dayum full; I figured all I'd do was puke on him. Not that that wouldn't have been funny, but it sure would have been wasteful.
McLintock, great party, but no whiskey. We go home.