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Because it's basically a snooty Outback without the accent, Ruth's Chris is pretty popular with the indiscriminate eater. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy a really nice steak and a bottle of great wine here; you absolutely can. But for all the faux formality and well-heeled affectations, Ruth's Chris is another big chain steakhouse with a stone-set menu and the same sides and desserts the firm has doled out for years. Nothing changes, so that rigidity leads to doldrums in the kitchen. But the steaks are perfectly cooked every time, and many a die-hard grilled-meat fan has been converted by Ruth's seared-in-butter method. The spacious rooms feel perfect for anniversaries or graduation dinners in this Fort Lauderdale location. The staff sure have a way of treating customers somewhat scornfully if they don't happen to look spendy enough, so leave the shorts and flip-flops at home.
Expensive? Very! But it is all about the steaks cooked at high 1,200 degree temperatures, and does it show and prove to be worth it? Yes! Definitively so. All of their sides a perfectly done and since they have recently remodled the interior is much improved over what was become rather old, dated and stoggy. Their other foods are good to, but as I said, it is all about their steaks. Morton's and Rare tend to be its equal, however, both in quality and in price. Capital Grill, just about as good, but at a somewhat better price.
Tim Zagat is an opinionated man.Perhaps that's not surprising, given the fact that in 1979, he and his wife, Nina, founded the Zagat New York Restaurant Survey. Started as an informal restaurant rating system, derived from detailed questionnaires... More »
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