Ahhhh Ruth's Chris how I've missed you so. Ruth's Chris is my absolute favorite steak house. I used to frequent the Orlando location quite often prior to the collapse of the Real Estate market. When Dine Tampa Bay announced Restaurant Week 2012, the first thing I did was look to see if Ruth's Chris was part of the line up - and it was!
For $45 a person, you got a 3 course meal with sides. Starting off, we were given a choice between Steak House Salad, Caesar Salad, Strawberry Toasted Almond and Bleu Cheese Salad or Tomato & Basil Bisque We opted for the Caesar salad and were very happy with the selection. Look at the cheese!
For the entree's, you could select between a Filet, Ribeye, 6oz Filet & Caribbean Lobster Tail or Seared Ahi Tuna with Soy-Ginger Sauce. I over indulged and got the 11 ounce Filet Mignon. Um do you know me? I can't eat a 5 ounce steak. This steak was over 3" tall. I have never seen anything like this (I usually order Petite Filets at Ruth's Chris). It was perfectly cooked, I could cut it with a fork. It was everything you would ever look for in a Filet Mignon. Let's just say I had a very nice lunch the following day.
Each person was able to select a side item, which is normally an extra $10 at Ruths. Sautèed Mushrooms,
Green Beans with Roasted Garlic,
Sweet Corn and Edamame Succotash or
Garlic Mashed Potatoes. We got the mashed potatoes and mushrooms.
Finally for dessert - there was only once choice, the Key Lime Cheesecake served with Pecan Chocolate Bark and Raspberry Sauce. My photo does not give this dessert justice. I will be honest, when we saw this was our only suggestion, we were both disappointed. Yes, we live in FL but neither of us are huge fans of Key Lime Pie. We were pleasantly surprised by this dessert. It wasn't too tart and the chocolate bark set it off with a perfect crunch.
AND - they have a Happy Hour. How did I not know this? My office is one building away from Ruth's Chris. The Sizzle and Swirl Happy Hour offers a selection of specialty drinks and treats for $7.