March 25, 2012

Ruth's Chris Steak House, Boston Restaurant Week. March, 2011

Our second try at a Restaurant Week dinner was more successful than our first. Probably because we’d already been to the establishment, the punctuationally challenged Ruth’s Chris Steak House, once before. We’d taken our friend James to this swank eaterie housed in Boston’s Old City Hall for a birthday dinner a few years ago, had the absolute best steak of a lifetime (a medium-rare rib-eye, no garnishes, just the meat on a plate, $40) and then swallowed the $180+ bill for three salads, three steaks, three sides, no drinks. A perfect candidate for a return visit at Resto Week’s promotional three-courses for $33.11. This time: a dollhouse portion of the savory crab and corn chowder, a very good NY strip steak (itself $45 on the regular menu!) done medium-rare (“pink inside with a warm red center,” explained our server) offered with sides of garlic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and warm bread pudding with whiskey sauce (tautology if you ask me.) Our server explained that Ruth’s Chris (say it five times fast) has its meat specially bred for its restaurants, corn- and grass-fed cattle, “wet aged” (described to us as a kind of brining) for tenderness and flavor. It seems to work as the steaks were very good all around. And mercifully more economical than those of our last visit.

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