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