Ruth’s Chris Steak House

I’ve never had the urge to visit Ruth’s Chris Steak House because:
a) It’s expensive
b) It’s a chain
c) It’s expensive

Alas, there is a time for everything and my two trusty co-workers, D-Bone and 0andThree, decided to check them out on a Friday for lunch. The interior is quite classy with two areas for you to dine in. We were ushered into the lounge area where our on double duty bartender took care of us. The lounge area felt very casual as a family with two kids came into the area to grab lunch. It’s nice that this place isn’t overly pretentious, although I’m sure the dining area is a whole different ball game.

We went to try out their Edmonton Downtown Dining Week lunch special, which runs from March 13 to March 22, 2015. The special lets you choose one starter and entrée for $15.00.  Now that is what I’d say is reasonable and worth the admission fee. Don’t forget you have to pay for parking ($8.00 in the Impark lot behind Ruth’s Chris, yikes).

Of course, I’m sure they do this on purpose, you have to ask for the special menu or else they will bring you the regular lunch menu (which of course is not cheap). Don’t you just love when restaurants do that to you? Aren’t you supposed to be promoting the dining week? Just another reason why Calgary’s The Big Taste is so much better.

Tomato basil
This was the soup of the day. The portion was quite small and the crew didn’t have much praise for it.

Black & bleu steak salad
Sliced marinated flat iron steak with a side of chopped salad and blue cheese crumbles. OH MAN, Ruth Chris’s know how to do their steak right. A nice medium rare, super tender and cooked to perfection. I had a taste and damn girl, it was on point.

Pulled pork sandwich
House made pulled pork on a garlic herb bun with julienne fries and “super” slaw. The fries could have been crispier but the pulled pork was flavourful and tender. The coleslaw complimented the sandwich quite nicely as it was both refreshing and light.

Reuben sliders
Sliced Montreal smoked beef with sauerkraut, creole mustard and julienne fries. I guess this is their take on Montreal smoked meat but if you’ve ever had the real deal, Schwartz‘s, this ain’t even close brah. Oh well, I had a taste and it was decent. The smoked meat was lacking that je ne sais quo though (that’s french for it was missing that Montreal secret spice/rub/ingredients).

While I wouldn’t go there for a regular dinner (unless you’re a baller), there are two options to minimize the damage. Wednesday’s Date Night seems like your best bang for your buck – $99 for two gets you an appetizer, two entrees, two side veggies, a dessert and two glasses of wine. There is also a $39/person Sunday Night Traditional deal that gets you a salad, surf n turf and dessert. Not too shabby.

If your a steak fanatic, then this place most likely will fulfill your beef needs. Just know in advance what you’re getting yourself into. Not bad for my first Downtown Dining week meal.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
10103-100 Street
Edmonton, AB
(780) 990-0123

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