Wednesday, April 10, 2019


My son Blake called me the other afternoon & asked me if I'd like to go out to dinner.  I thought about it for almost a whole second & told him yes.  (I do not recall ever saying no to that question--to anybody.)  I asked him what restaurant he had in mind.  He told me either Norm's (a really good coffee shop) or Ruth's Chris (my favorite place).   Hmm-mm, on the one hand, a good coffee shop.  On the other hand, Ruth's Chris.   I gave it a lot of thought (again for almost a whole second).  I gave him my answer, "Make a reservation at Ruth's!!"

I asked Blake to take pictures of everything.  I wanted a shot of Julian, my favorite busboy., but he was off that evening.  However, we met his son who was also a busboy.  I guess being a busboy at Ruth's Chris is a career, not just a job.  Julian's been there 19 years.  

This is the interior of the restaurant.  
We ate early.  It was filled up by the time we left.

This was our table (when we were seated it was set for four)

The french bread (in its napkin cocoon) was served almost immediately

Blake & I shared two dinners.
The seared ahi appetizer was so good we ate it before 
we remembered to take a picture.
I got this photo online.
That little pile on the left is sliced onions, red pepper & cucumber with ginger on top.

Next, our entrees.  
Surf & turf which included two lobster tails & a perfectly cooked 8 ounce filet.
We also shared crab cakes (the best I've ever eaten), 
creamed spinach & an order of shoestring potatoes.
The little cups are holding catsup & bearnaise sauce.

Blake ate his half & I took home about half of mine for a delicious dinner the next night.  
That's in the big leftover bag on the table.
Again, I have to apologize.  
Their cheesecake was so good we ate half of ours before
remembering to take the picture.

We waited here for the valet to bring our car.
This is the one we usually go to.
It's at 224 So. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 

Some other info on the restaurant:

Over four decades ago, Ruth Fertel, a divorced mother of two, mortgaged her home for $22,000 to buy a small 60-seat restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana named Chris Steak House. Shortly thereafter, a fire forced her to change the original location and she renamed the restaurant, “Ruth's Chris Steak House.”  There are now more than 150 locations worldwide.

At one time they had close to 70 franchised locations.  Some of them played around with the menu and/or lowered the quality of the food.  Corporation bought those all back so that diners could go into any location & get excellent food & service.  Want to buy a franchise?  They have a franchise fee of up to $150,000, with a total initial investment range of $2,539,500 to $5,932,500.

When the servers bring your food to your table, they have the dinner plates (up to five plates) lined up on one arm, with napkins underneath so they don't get burned.  The plates are heated to 500° so the food stays warm until the last bite.  It looks like a super talented balancing act in a circus.

I've gotta go; I'm hungry----fishducky