The Name You Know... The Steak You Love
Before I get into the "meat" (no pun intended) of this review, let me answer the question
that I am constantly asked about the name of our favorite restaurant, Ruth's Chris:
Written by Lora Ruffner for Low Carb Luxury
How Ruth's Chris Got Its
"Ruth's Chris Steak House" is such a tongue-twister that one restaurant critic suggested
it be used as a sobriety test: anyone who could say that name three times certainly couldn't
be intoxicated. The year was 1965 when Ruth Fertel (a single mother with two young sons)
bought a small eatery in New Orleans known as Chris Steak House. She mortgaged her home and put
up $18,000 for the purchase.
The owner (Chris Matulich) gave Ruth the right to keep the name as long as the restaurant
stayed in the original location. But after a fire forced her to relocate, she needed a new name because
that agreement forbid her from using "Chris Steak House" (which is how everyone knew the joint). She
simply tacked on her own name, outraging every naming consultant on the planet. "I've always hated
the name," Ruth told Fortune Magazine, "but we've always managed to work around it and we've always
made the steak the star." It has proven to be effective as people remember the name because it's so
unusual. It has also had an additional benefit... people stopped calling her Chris. (Sadly, Ruth
passed away nearly one year ago.)
Okay, with that out of the way, here's a quick overview of "Ruth's" (how the
employees refer to the restaurant name.) If you love great steak, this is the place.
If you're low carbing and like the idea of choosing your own sides for your steak (or
chicken, veal, seafood..), rather than having a potato or other starch pushed your
way, this is the place. In fact, you select each portion of your meal separately...
from appetizers to soup to salad, and then to your entree. And each category has plenty
to choose from to keep a low carb or sugarfree dieter well-fed, happy, and totally
My favorite meal? I usually start with the Shrimp Remoulade (chilled shrimp in a spicy
mayo-based sauce that's to die for!), then have the petit filet mignon (with either
bearnaise sauce or hollandaise) cooked medium rare with extra butter. All steaks are
PRIME and are served on (very) hot plates. My favorite sides
are the broccoli au gratin (with a mountain of melted cheddar on top, just slightly crunchy
around the edges), or the creamed spinach (made with real cream and butter plus a hint of
red pepper.) I can never eat both because the portions are HUGE. I have never once left
that restaurant without a "doggie bag". (No, I don't have a dog.)
But you can have your sides prepared in a myriad of ways... steamed, steamed with butter,
creamed, au gratin, with hollandaise, etc. And they offer broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus,
spinach, and some locations offer cauliflower. That's a LOT of low carb choices. High
carb veggies like corn or beans are nowhere on the menu.
Equally wonderful are their other cuts of steak, their veal, or their garlicy chicken
breasts. I completely enjoyed the one time I had lobster tail there as well.
As for soups, it's hard to say if the Seafood Bisque or the Onion au Gratin (French
Onion Soup) is the best. They are both divine.
In appetizers, when I don't get the Shrimp Remoulade, I always go for either the
"Sizzlin Blue Crab Cakes" in fresh butter, or the "Mushrooms Stuffed with Crabmeat"
covered in Romano cheese. Both use only the barest hint of breadcrumbs, keeping these
dishes quite low carb. And the crabmeat (you'll find no artificial crab here!) is
of excellent quality.
Their superb wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence," includes
many premium California and imported wines. Many premium wines are available by
In short, the food is great. Ruth's is a national chain with locations in Canada,
Hong Kong, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan as well. Since we have to do a
lot of traveling for our jobs, we've had occasion to eat at quite a lot of Ruth's Chris
Restaurants. On only two occasions did we find a location to be less than excellent,
but the two we found to excel were the Beverly Hills, California location, and even more
so, our own closest restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
The rest of my comments will be specific to our "home" location in Columbus, since that's
who we're so very familiar with. And as I have said at our site before, if you are in
driving distance of this great restaurant, make it a point to go!
Delicious food and carb-friendly choices aside, the real reason to spend your time (and money) here are
the people. The staff at Ruth's Chris of Columbus are probably the single most accommodating and pleasant team of
restaurant folk we've ever encountered. My low carb needs are always remembered and respected. I am served
freshly cut berries in a delightful presentation, making me feel as special as
those who are able to relish their rich desserts.
In the end, the team at Ruth's Chris Columbus is an exceptional one, making the entire experience
a 5-star event. They have our highest recommendation. If you have a special evening in mind, check them
out. Should I ever win the lottery, I might just eat there every night! With superior food and service, Ruth's
Chris proves it's possible to find the perfect steak — cooked and served to perfection every night. Oh, and for
a Friday or Saturday night, remember to get reservations! We drive over an hour each way
when we go... they're that good.
Visit the Ruth's Chris website to learn more or find
Ruth's Chris of Columbus is located at:
7550 Highcross Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235