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Posted: 4/9/2006 6:59:45 PM EDT
On another thread about vegas steakhouses, some one posted about Ruth's Chris not being so good. What's up? Hannity (OK, it is advertising) braggs on them big time and I have made reservations for saturday evening. I too will be in Vegas (Henderson) and have been wanting to try it out. Would I be wasting my money? (BTW how expensive is it?) I am not rich and can't afford over $100 for one meal for 2 people. Should I cancel or try to talk Hannity into a gift certificate or what?
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:01:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:28:23 PM EDT by Bubbatheredneck]
I prefer Morton's for the high end chain steak


But if I ate there free like I'll bet SH does, I'd tell you RC is the best.



For budgeting, here is a link to the prices at RC in SA TX. Can't find LV, but I'll bet it is similar.

link

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:02:07 PM EDT
From the little I've heard, don't expect to spend any less than $100 per person.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:04:06 PM EDT
I've always had a good meal at RC. I consider them an excelllent chain restaurant.

Frankly, if you can't afford it, aim lower.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:05:06 PM EDT
I have not been ,but my Bro said they kick ass. He went to the one in Seattle. He said expect about $100 for two, with a couple drinks and tip.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:05:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:07:11 PM EDT
I love them, and I don't think you will be disapointed. Plan on spending $40 a head, before any drinks.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:08:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:10:08 PM EDT
I've been to Ruth's Chris in Denver twice, and once in another place I honestly don't remember.

I had a phenominal meal each time. Expensive, but GOOD!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:10:47 PM EDT
Eating out at high end steak houses is hit or miss at best.

If I am gonna roll the dice on a steak dinner, I am putting my money on the greatest steak chef in town

<­BR>





ME


I have ate at alot of top notch steak houses in my time ( Including Ruth Chris ). IMHO it's tough to throw down $100-200 on a steak dinner ( figuring you are w/ your significant other ) when you can spend $20 on do it yourself in your own back yard ( not to mention the drinks are a helluva lot cheaper ).

Now if it's a big night out / alot of friends / couples etc ... and you are celebrating whatever occasion ( sp? ) I can see justifying the high end steak house prices.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:11:35 PM EDT
I have been to RC a couple of times. Dinner, drinks, dessert and tip for four people = $400.00
Good food!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:13:10 PM EDT
Last year I went to Prime at the Bellagio in Vegas. Maybe the best ever for me, but expect to pay $100 per head. Ruths Chris is always good here in Shitcago and nearly as pricey.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:17:55 PM EDT
I've been to Ruth's Chris several times here in Austin.

For me and my wife it runs about $85 before tip for two steaks and two sides (family style sides....big ennough for two people). We are not drinkers so it was water for her and a Coke for me.

I really like their steaks, but if you are a little hesitant about spending $100 on one meal maybe you should skip it. Afterall, it is just a meal and you could be throwing down that $100 on the tables.

Either way I hope you have fun!

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:21:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:21:38 PM EDT
Expensive enough that I don't eat there except on special occasions but good enough that I keep it at the top of my list for those occasions.

Great food. Great service. Never been disappointed there.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:22:15 PM EDT
RC is always good.

Have had better at times but it varies.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:26:22 PM EDT
I liked Morton's better but they are pretty damn good. I go for special occasions so desert is free!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:29:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:29:56 PM EDT by MEI2757935]
The food and service is top notch. I've eaten steaks all over. Meat is like an AR-15...everyone has their own preference.

Personally I find that there is no better steak out there. The sides are also top notch.

Prepare to spend approx. $100 for two people (including tip). This does not include any alcholic drinks. It is worth the money and you and your wife will have a great time.

Good luck at the tables.

-MEI



ETA: Spelling
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:30:24 PM EDT
A lot of the reason Ruths Chris and Mortons and other places are so good is that they get Dry Aged beef (or age it themselves).

This is NOT something that is easy to do...it involves letting the natural enzymes break down the meat, letting it dry a bit which makes for premium flavor. Most of the stuff you find in the stores, or even at a good meat market/butcher is wet aged--helps some, but doesn't quite do the same thing for flavor.

Try to do it yourself (and do it improperly) you can get a spoiled batch of meat.

There are ways to do it at home--an internet search will give some. You must do it with a whole roast (sub-primal) type, and cut the steaks after it is aged--you cannot age individual steaks. You also lose some weight due to water loss and the trimming that needs done on the overly dry outside.

There are places on-line (and in some cities) that sell dry aged steaks, but figure on $30+ a lb for a decent ribeye or strip.

AFARR



Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:39:58 PM EDT
I am not averse to spending a little extra, but don't want to spend $100 per. She will probably order the Seviche and I will get something basic. I checked the special occaision/other button on the online reservation thing to see what happens. It is just that I have been hearing all the adds and have never had the chance to go. Will be taking the weekend off in Henderson and she will be flying in tuesday to stay at her sons for a week. I figured that would be the best time to try. But if someone has a better idea, I am willing to adjust. (OK I am a cheap bastard) Maybe a casino that I can catch a cheap show too.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 8:57:06 PM EDT
Go and get a good steak. You won't be sorry. It's worth every penny. I don't even feel bad after paying.

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:03:23 PM EDT
A picture is worth a 1000 words:

Beat that. You can't.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:16:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By S30V:
A picture is worth a 1000 words:
www.peterluger.com/pl-logo-updte.gif
Beat that. You can't.



Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:18:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:31:28 PM EDT
My theory is that if I'm going to drop $100 on a meal, I'll take the wife to The Melting Pot or somewhere simmiler and make it a evening.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:41:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MEI2757935:

Originally Posted By S30V:
A picture is worth a 1000 words:
www.peterluger.com/pl-logo-updte.gif
Beat that. You can't.






What? Are you some kind of hemp-weaving, granola-crunching, Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging hippie? Meat is good for you.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:43:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 9:53:37 PM EDT by parshooter]
redacted prior commentary.

The GBR thru us me off re Pete Lugers.


Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:44:34 PM EDT
peter lugar: " you can't beat my meat!"


smith and wolesnky's is good, as is sparks (the place were paul castellano was whacked)
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:44:57 PM EDT
What the HELL are you talking about? Is everyone wasted tonight? Please. What does everyone have against Peter Luger's Steak House? Speak up, you hippies!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:45:39 PM EDT
i hate hippies, but i love steak
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:46:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NotoriousSEG:
peter luger: " you can't beat my meat!"


smith and wolesnky's is good, as is sparks (the place were paul castellano was whacked)



Nice try. Again, what is everyone's problem with Peter Luger? Too much moonshine behind the outhouse or something?
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:47:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 9:52:20 PM EDT by MagKnightX]
Nothing. NOTHING. Is as good as The Prime Rib. They have locations in DC, BMore and Philly. There is NO excuse to not eat there at least once in your life. Try the prime rib, it's spectacular. They make excellent coffee, too, and even have a selection of fine liquors (aged scotches, brandies, aqua vitaes) and cigars.

Go there. Go there now. You will not regret it.

Edit. NOTHING is as good, I mean it. Not booze, not pot, not even sex with five women at the same time. Well, okay, the last one is better. But barely.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:49:45 PM EDT
i don't have a problem with it...why are you so defensive? are you peter lugEr himself?
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:58:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 10:00:20 PM EDT by S30V]

Originally Posted By NotoriousSEG:
i don't have a problem with it...why are you so defensive? are you peter lugEr himself?



What do you expect when people leave these sorts of remarks:


Originally Posted By MEI2757935:




Clearly a drunk who makes no sense whatsoever:


Originally Posted By parshooter:
redacted prior commentary. <--Yeah hide your pictures!
The GBR thru us me off re Pete Lugers.



And of course your gem: "peter lugar: ' you can't beat my meat!'"

All of them seem like nice little rebukes if not downright attacks on the good name on the house of Peter Luger. What gives?
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 10:03:12 PM EDT
i love peter luger. the very mention of the place makes me want to jizz my jeans. "you can't beat our meat" is an old butcher shop joke from my home town---a butcher shop actually used that as a tag line. priceless.


also, in the town i attended undergrad school, there was a furniture store called The Sofa King ---his tag line was "Our prices are SOFA KING Low!" i still use that to this day--as in:

peter luger's is SOFA KING good

so and so is SOFA KING retarded--etc.


there. now you have an answer, AND an unsolicited piece of hilarity.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 10:05:56 PM EDT
I think this is some weird nightmare. It's as if everything I read online makes no sense whatsoever and people respond to everything in some strange code. I think I still have a fever so I am going back to bed. Hopefully I will have stopped hallucinating by tomorrow.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 10:08:06 PM EDT
it was a humorous story.

SOFA KING low = SO FUCKING low. the whole city laughed about it
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 10:52:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By S30V:

Originally Posted By NotoriousSEG:
i don't have a problem with it...why are you so defensive? are you peter lugEr himself?



What do you expect when people leave these sorts of remarks:


Originally Posted By MEI2757935:




Clearly a drunk who makes no sense whatsoever:


Originally Posted By parshooter:
redacted prior commentary. <--Yeah hide your pictures!
The GBR thru us me off re Pete Lugers.



And of course your gem: "peter lugar: ' you can't beat my meat!'"

All of them seem like nice little rebukes if not downright attacks on the good name on the house of Peter Luger. What gives?



chill out, francis... you said a picture was worth a thousand words... then you posted a photo of "WORDS"
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 11:00:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By npd233:

Originally Posted By S30V:

Originally Posted By NotoriousSEG:
i don't have a problem with it...why are you so defensive? are you peter lugEr himself?



What do you expect when people leave these sorts of remarks:


Originally Posted By MEI2757935:




Clearly a drunk who makes no sense whatsoever:


Originally Posted By parshooter:
redacted prior commentary. <--Yeah hide your pictures!
The GBR thru us me off re Pete Lugers.



And of course your gem: "peter lugar: ' you can't beat my meat!'"

All of them seem like nice little rebukes if not downright attacks on the good name on the house of Peter Luger. What gives?



chill out, francis... you said a picture was worth a thousand words... then you posted a photo of "WORDS"



Thank you. My point exactly. Damn !

I use the word newbie with caution...being one myself.



At least I make sense.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 11:02:16 PM EDT
Best. Steak. Ever.


I love Ruth's Chris. Mortons is almost as good but Ruth's is better.

I have heard Bones in Atlanta is better but of the 6 steakhouses that I have eaten at that were billed as "better than Ruth's Chris", none were.

Link Posted: 4/10/2006 6:00:22 AM EDT
The steak I had at Ruth's Chris in Chicago about 5 years ago was one of the top 5 I've ever had. The one I had a few months ago at Ruth's Chris in Indianapolis was average at best. When I lived in Indy I had better steaks at Shula's and (crap, I can't remember the name, I think it was) St. Elmo's.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 6:12:01 AM EDT
Never been to a Ruth's Chris...

I'd love to go to Lugers....

I have been to The Hereford House and the Golden Ox in KC though....Hereford house was amazing, ate there twice...both meals easily within my top 4 ever....the only otehr place that rivals them was a high end fusion place a client took us to in Honolulu, something like 3660 On the Rise...that was pretty spectacular too...Oh and McCormick and Schmicks in Baltimore....

The dining highlites of my life....
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 6:38:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2006 6:44:46 AM EDT by M4]
Allow me to condense this mish-mash of opinion.

Ruth's Chris steaks are as good as any other chain out there. They ALL use the same grade of beef (aged and prime). Ruth's cooks a delicious meal.

Mortons/Peter Lugers/Bones/Sparks/Smith & Walenski's/Metropolitan Grill/et al....ALL have delicious steaks as well.

The main differences for the most part are: atmosphere/price/and "E.O.T.S." (Everything other than steaks...like sides and non-steak entre's)

Personally, I think Ruth Chris creamed spinach is incredible, as are many other sides of theirs. But the same can be said for the others as well. Some here will claim a HUGE difference between, say, Mortons & Ruth Chris. They're full of shit. That's it, the end. I've eaten at both, in multiple states and the differences are negligable.

Some meals at EITHER place on any given night might be better than the other, but the bottom line is that they're VERY similar.

In addition $100 for two people is insufficient. More like $150-$200 to be safe (assuming you'll be needed bar service with your meal).

Eating at a high end steak house is a MUST for any meat lover. The steaks are just that much better than places lower on the price scale. It's a treat, not an every day event. Have fun.

Link Posted: 4/10/2006 6:53:10 AM EDT
Can't really add to the Ruth Chris' part,

but, I'll talk anyway.

Worked as a doorman in Charlotte, NC for about 5 years, and got comped on a lot of stuff. Never had a Ruth Chris', (Think one is there/coming now).

Iwill say that out of the three I did enjoy (Several times each!!)

Morton's was resting on its reputation and Cigar selection/section. B (even a "good" steak is better with the right atmosphere).

The Palm (I believe they are a chain) was a little better, but you could tell they were trying to make a name for themselves. B+ (the meat wins out over "ambi-ahnce").

The Capitol Grille (also eaten at the one in D.C.) for the money and the service, this was the best one of the three for me. Every time, I could cut my steak with the back end of the knife, and it was seared on the outside, bloody on the inside. A+ (I could have died and went to heaven happy as a carnivore). The second time I went to D.C. during graduate school we were lucky enough to run into and buy a drink for Randy Cunningham (back when he was only known as the congressman and Vietnam Ace).

YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:10:36 AM EDT
I've been to a couple of Ruth Chris's and they were both way above avergage but not great. Been to a couple of different Morton's and was very impressed both times. The quality of the meat was about the same between the two but the preparation and especially the service was far, far better at Morton's.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:18:05 AM EDT
Well, I cancelled my reservation. Talked to my girl and she agreed that it was a waste. Going to buy a honey baked ham and fry up a turkey and just make a family cookout of it. Same amount of money we will feed 7 and have leftovers. Plus, I really like cajun fried turkeys. Actually prefer both the honey baked ham and the fried turkey over any steak house steak I ever had. (including some high end steak houses I have been too). So, the res has been cancelled, the ham has been ordered and the turkey is already in the freezer to be pulled out thursday for frying on saturday. Gonna grill some corn on the cob and portobello mushrooms, make a big batch of mashed potatoes and a few other things and pig out.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:21:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PsyWarrior:
Well, I cancelled my reservation. Talked to my girl and she agreed that it was a waste. Going to buy a honey baked ham and fry up a turkey and just make a family cookout of it. Same amount of money we will feed 7 and have leftovers. Plus, I really like cajun fried turkeys. Actually prefer both the honey baked ham and the fried turkey over any steak house steak I ever had. (including some high end steak houses I have been too). So, the res has been cancelled, the ham has been ordered and the turkey is already in the freezer to be pulled out thursday for frying on saturday. Gonna grill some corn on the cob and portobello mushrooms, make a big batch of mashed potatoes and a few other things and pig out.



Bad choice. Live a little.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:21:56 AM EDT
I hav had better steaks at local places. Of course I am in beef country. What does anyone from New Orleans know about steaks.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:32:27 AM EDT
I've eaten at Ruth's Chris about 10 times, usually for business dinners, and if it weren't for the firm paying for the dinner - I wouldn't waste my time eating there.

I am not impressed with the food, presentation, etc. Now, send me to the Outback, or Charlie's in Tampa, and I'll gladly pay for my own meal!!
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:33:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2006 11:13:30 AM EDT by nofolkinway]
If you're in Henderson, here's the can't miss place for a great meal at reasonable prices. (Closed Monday)

Todd's Unique Dining
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 9:39:40 AM EDT
Peter Luger's is the greatest Steakhouse on Earth.
The very best dry-aged Porterhouse.

If you think you can get one at your local supermarket and do it better yourself, you're wrong.
If your local butcher or purveyor of prime meats has good dry-aged porterhouse, it will probably cost you about $35-$45 a POUND.

Luger's.
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