Thursday, May 08, 2008


Ruth's Chris Can Compete

Some might think that a new steakhouse in town might do better if it were not directly across the street from Del Frisco. I mean, come on, Del Frisco is by many people's standards the best steakhouse in town. Well, not to worry because Ruth's Chris is up for the challenge.

I had never been to a Ruth's Chris until last week when I tried the newly opened downtown Fort Worth location on the corner of 8th and Main. Since I am a big fan of Del Frisco, I had prepared myself to be a little disappointed with Ruth's Chris. To my surprise, my dinner at Ruth's Chris exceeded all of my expectations. Both our service and our food was top notch. My petite filet ($32) was one of the best steaks I have had in recent memory and the baked ziti and cheese ($8.50) was one of my favorite side items I have ever had. The baked ziti was mixed with four cheeses and carmelized onions then topped with breadcrumbs and baked to perfection. In my opinion, this unique spin on mac & cheese was better than the traditional favorite. For an appetizer, we tried the sizzling blue crab cakes ($17.95 for two). They were very good.

One of the few things that disappointed me was the bar manager who assisted me with my wine selection. Although the wine menu was extensive with many "by the glass" options and a good selection of 1/2 bottle options, the bar manager did not seem very knowledgeable. I ended up choosing an old standby - Le Crema Pinot Noir ($29 for 1/2 bottle). Based on this experience, I assume the restaurant does not employ a sommelier.

We did not save room for dessert, but did get a cheesecake to take home. I ate about 1/4 of it the next night and had to stop because it was so rich. To some this may be a good thing. I have been told that the banana cream pie is delicious (topped with carmelized bananas - yummmm!), but have not tried it my self.

I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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