***Restaurant of the Week*** RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, Philadelphia

Seafood Platter Appetizer: Lump Crab meat, Shrimp Cocktail and Ahi Tuna

My mother LOVES Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  I remember the first time she took us there in Washington DC as teens and I fell in love with the now legendary steak house!  I was about 15 years old at the time and don’t think I had ever seen steak or potatoes so big!  That was about 15 years ago and, to this day, the restaurant remains one of our family favorites!

I stopped by the Philadelphia location on Broad Street over the weekend with colleagues and am happy to report that whether it’s the service or ambiance or food, Ruth’s Chris still does not disappoint!   It makes for the quintessential chophouse – aged steaks, tux-like uniformed servers, blue cheese stuff olives and CHOPS!  Pork chops, veal chops, lamb chops with pastas and seafood and all the sides you could want make for a lavish dining experience unlike any other!

Bar-B-Que Shrimp Appetizer

A tad more formal than The Palms or Smith & Wollensky’s, but still casual, Ruth’s Chris celebrated their 45th Anniversary in 2010 and are still going strong.  We started with the barbecue shrimp and seafood platter.  The shrimp were rich and creamy – definitely not standard barbecue. It has a steakhouse twist that made them distinct and savory.  The seafood platter was small but delicious.  Fresh seafood never hurt anybody!

Filet Mignon & Lobster stuffed with Crab
A Baked Potato

The night we went, the restaurant was offering a surf & turf special of $40 that included a 5 oz filet mignon and 7 oz lobster tail stuffed with crab meat!  It came with drawn butter and a bernaise sauce and I tore it up.  The baked potato came out initially cold and we sent it back, and in less than five minutes I had a piping hot one to enjoy with my meal… I poured some more drawn butter on top!

Creamed Spinach

The creamed spinach, asparagus and broccoli were standard veggie sides but were good.  Nothing too special, but everything you’d expect from a top steakhouse.

I washed my meal down with my standard Bombay Sapphire martini and they made it to perfection – extra dry… Just the way I like it!

A Martini

It was a real treat visiting Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  Aside from the food and the service (btw, our server was Jessica, who was SIMPLY AMAZING!), Ruth’s Chris really helped us get in the holiday spirit.  A live singer playing the piano and performing Christmas tunes and Lauryn Hill songs greeted us at the host stand and reindeer-like bells for you take home were placed at every setting!

I love Ruth’s Chris!  It’s an honor to make them this week’s Restaurant of the Week… They are all around.  So, if you’re planning a holiday dinner with your loved ones, make it Ruth’s Chris.  I promise it will be an experience you’ll come to cherish for years to come!

BJC.

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3 comments to “***Restaurant of the Week*** RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, Philadelphia”

  • Myra Funkhouser, December 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    I'll be joining your mom and another friend for our annual visit to Ruth's Chris in Washington next week. You are right about the food -- it is always delicious and one of my favorites is the creamed spinich. I've been enjoying your reviews and meant to comment the other day when you mentioned Vienna Sausages -- my husband is a huge fan of them and Libby's is the best brand. They are extra delicious as a snack in the summertime eaten on the back deck of our own yacht with crackers and hot mustard. Somehow, they don't seem to taste as good to me at home!!! Myra Funkhouser - Myra@sea4fun.com.
  • Cuisine Critic, December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    Looks and sounds amazing, adding this to my 'to-eat' list...
  • KITTYBELLA, December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am
    Im so glad you did a review for ruth chris i have always wanted to go there but have sadly never been :( but your review (with such descriptive adjectives) certainly made me wanna go even more! keep up the good work BJ!