Good, but not really worth the hype
I ate at Ruth's Chris Steak House for the first time Friday night. I had heard so many people rave about it, I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
First: I love the name. Seems that someone named "Ruth" bought a restaurant called "Chris Steak House." Contractually, she was forbidden from opening any other restaurants with that name, so she added her name, "Ruth," to avoid any hassles.
Second: The service was exceptional from beginning to end. We were warmly greeted by people who seemed to actually care that we were there. We were never "bothered" by anyone, yet we were never "alone" for very long.
Aside: I love the chairs. Huge, full back, wingback chairs. Made us feel like we were not in a restaurant full of people.
Third: My wife and I each ordered the petite filet, which was 8 ounces. (The regular filet was 11 ounces.) Cooked perfectly and served on plates the waiter said were 500 degrees. When you took a bite, your tongue felt slightly scorched for a second - love it!
I had a baked potato (1 pounder) with sour cream, and my wife had mushrooms. She had a salad (not sure which one, they had several to choose), while I had a wedge salad (I wanted to compare it with Outback's wedge salad).
Aside: The wedge salad was not better than Outback's.
Fourth: The food was fine. Perfectly executed. Delicious. I couldn't have asked for better food, better service, better atmosphere.
Last: The thing is, though, while it was all good, I'm not sure it was worth all the money. $140 for our meals - with no alcohol. (We were also going to see the local symphony perform Beethoven's Ninth, so opted to stay away from the alcohol.)
Lone Star, Outback, Texas Roadhouse - they all have fine steaks/meals/service, too, but for a far cry less than $140 (with tip, of course, it was significantly more, but the amount of the tip was my design).
So: A+ to Ruth's Chris Steak House. I probably will *not* be back, unless I want to "impress" someone with how much money I can spend for a meal that I could get for the fraction of the cost elsewhere.