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3 hours ago, Augie said:

My last trip to a Ruth’s Chris was a lousy experience and....my last trip to a Ruth’s Chris. Too many other good options out there. For example, we had a great night at Bones in Buckhead recently, and Little Alley Steakhouse is awesome too. Pricey, but actually worth it. There was no comparison. 

 

We went to a Smith and Wolensky’s in Vegas once. I remembered being impressed when my parents took me to one in NYC, so I thought it would be a nice experience. The server recommended some special cut full of wonderful marbling and the most amazing flavor. What I got was a huge, fatty piece of grizzle. If you get 100% marbling without the yummy part, you lose. Fortunately my wife’s choice was awesome and enough for the two of us. 

Not a steakhouse, but wife and I were passing through Atlanta last month and ate at The Optimist.  Wonderful space and a fantastic meal.

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Went to Ruth’s Chris in Niagara Falls Canada for our Anniversary a few years back.  Steaks were 65 and up.  Had a $75 strip only because of the  change rate.  Not a good steak at all. Honestly, I’ve cooked better on my Weber.

 

Had a porterhouse or NY Strip years ago at Russell’s about 5 years ag, don’t re,ember the price other than about $110 per person with a couple glasses of weight he and desert.  Overall an excellent meal.

 

honestly  the best special occasion dinner I’ve ever had was with my Wife an 2 kids at Jimsteakout for our anniversary.  Had the best time, most memorable.

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19 minutes ago, stony said:

Not a steakhouse, but wife and I were passing through Atlanta last month and ate at The Optimist.  Wonderful space and a fantastic meal.

 

The second time that’s come up! I’ll have to try it. I heard good things from someone (maybe my wife went there?). 

 

I do few steakhouses. That’s partly because I just don’t eat a lot of red meat (more of a fish guy) and partly because, as others have said, you can do a mean steak at home if you know what you’re doing (I cheat now and usually go sous vide). My wife will turn to me at a restaurant and say “this steak isn’t any better than what you make at home”. And the steak at home didn’t cost $56 plus another $7 for a sauce, $14 for an alacarte family size side....and don’t even get me started on the overpriced wine!!!

 

 

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Gibson’s in Chicago is the truth.  Best porterhouse I’ve ever had.  Baked potato the size of a football.  The creamed spinach was the shizz.  And manhattans made the right way.  2 before my meal.  Highly recommended.

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1 minute ago, Teddy KGB said:

So we all agree ?   Ruth Chris is trash ? 

 

It’s a pretty good steak house.  Let’s not get crazy here.

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4 minutes ago, Teddy KGB said:

So we all agree ?   Ruth Chris is trash ? 

 

I’m not sure if it’s gone downhill over time, or if I’ve just hit less well run operations over time, the luck of the draw. I bet there are still some good operations, but it will take some interesting circumstances for me to give them another shot. (The last place I went is now a doctors office!) I’ve been to places I like much more, and there are places I still haven’t ever tried. 

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My wife and I try to have at least one meal at a Four Seasons restaurant whenever we travel. They really know what they're doing. Pizza, smoked wings, burgers, filet mignon -- Everything just tastes better there. It's not as pricey as most would think, and the often-comped appetizer(s) and chill atmosphere makes it well worth it for us.

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15 minutes ago, Teddy KGB said:

 

I’m not feeling it.    My guy up the street blows him out of the water.  

 

https://www.aberdeenbarn.com/

 

A lot of great steak joints out there, but Ruth’s Chris is not trash.  Outback is trash.  Perspective is needed here.

 

One of my fav’s is Delmonico’s in Syracuse.

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I went to a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City once.  Blew way past my per diem.  Not worth it. 

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Ponderosa has the best strip steaks.  All the ketchup you want, and free refills of Mountain Dew too.

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6 hours ago, \GoBillsInDallas/ said:

 

1)That being said, have you ever eaten a "regular" meal at some expensive restaurant, except for an anniversary or some other special occasion?

 

2)(Also, do you know anyone who reads restaurant reviews in a newspaper anymore?

 

1) Not quite sure what you mean, but wife and i regularly eat at good to great t restaurants...never at a steakhouse though unless on business 

 

2)And my boy Tom Seitsema in the WAPO is still dead on with his reviews after 20 years. Sucks when he gives good reviews to the the new place you like, but thats life

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1 hour ago, Johnny Hammersticks said:

Ponderosa has the best strip steaks.  All the ketchup you want, and free refills of Mountain Dew too.

 

Are you getting "to order" or off the famous buffet line?

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7 minutes ago, Seasons1992 said:

 

Are you getting "to order" or off the famous buffet line?

 

It’s hard to appreciate a good steakhouse.....from the drive-thru. 

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15 minutes ago, Seasons1992 said:

 

Are you getting "to order" or off the famous buffet line?

 

A good cut of meat is best cooked in a microwave.  Everybody knows that.

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4 hours ago, Augie said:

 

Is that the place they said was Fitzy’s favorite on the broadcast? They brought it up enough that I actually Googled it, if that’s the place. That can’t hurt! 

Fitzy who ?

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1 minute ago, I am the egg man said:

Fitzy who ?

 

One Ryan Fitzpatrick, the bearded one. They kept mentioning his favorite restaurant, and I think that was it. 

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4 minutes ago, Augie said:

 

One Ryan Fitzpatrick, the bearded one. They kept mentioning his favorite restaurant, and I think that was it. 

Was at the Miami game. So I missed the blather.

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16 minutes ago, I am the egg man said:

Was at the Miami game. So I missed the blather.

 

They talked about it A LOT on the broadcast, for some reason. 

43 minutes ago, Johnny Hammersticks said:

 

A good cut of meat is best cooked in a microwave.  Everybody knows that.

 

If you are looking for a five star experience.......you need to start with a Pinto. The right tool for the job is always critical. 

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25 minutes ago, Augie said:

They talked about it A LOT on the broadcast, for some reason. 

Been there more times than I care to say. It's barely noteworthy Italian food.

 

Its seems status to blow off one went there. I think due to where it's at.

 

I'll take Chefs, + 3/4 more Italian restaurants locally, any day over that hovel.

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I fairly regularly eat at nice restaurants with no special occasion. It’s probably about once a week on average. I’m a single guy though and live in one of the world’s great food cities. It’s sort of a hobby for me. I have a good friend that is a total foodie and wino. She and I will go to different places pretty often and just have a nice night out. The meals range from mind-blowing to disappointing and everywhere in between. It gives me something to look forward to. 

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8 minutes ago, Kirby Jackson said:

I fairly regularly eat at nice restaurants with no special occasion. It’s probably about once a week on average. I’m a single guy though and live in one of the world’s great food cities. It’s sort of a hobby for me. I have a good friend that is a total foodie and wino. She and I will go to different places pretty often and just have a nice night out. The meals range from mind-blowing to disappointing and everywhere in between. It gives me something to look forward to. 

 

I cook at night, but go to fairly nice places for lunch almost every day. Lunch is usually cheaper (except at some popular business places where it’s a corporate card and just as expensive as dinner - because they can). Atlanta has a pretty wide variety of options, obviously. I like to explore, and I also have my favorite joints where they bring out my Arnold Palmer when I walk in and ask “the usual?”  

 

Being “retired” with a wife who is usually out of town for work, it really does give me something to look forward to. I usually go play tennis or walk at the park first, then have lunch at 2-3:00pm. I take a good book with me, and I drag it out. I enjoy the food and the book (currently reading Grisham’s newest) and it’s a real pleasure in my day. I go straight from lunch to the grocery store for dinner. Everyone has some kind of routine. That’s mine. ( @plenzmd1 may try to share his routine with you, but it may be best to just look away.) 

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On 11/6/2019 at 12:10 PM, RiotAct said:

people over the age of 60.

The grass always looks greener, but it may not be.

 

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