Ruth’s Chris Open At Harrah’s

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opened last week at Harrah’s Las Vegas to minimal fanfare, which is appropriate. Ruth’s Chris is a chain of steakhouses similar to Morton’s, Smith & Wolenski, Del Frisco’s and The Palm. Chain steakhouses aren’t the most exciting but they do play a role in the world of steak.

Ruth’s Chris is not bad. But it’s also not great. I’ve enjoyed quite a few good steaks at various Ruth’s Chris across the country. Sharing a porterhouse for two and getting a second plate of 1,800 degree butter to finish off the porterhouse is fun.

So what role does a decent high end chain steakhouse play in this world? All of the chains above offer good meals in a lot of locations. They generally aren’t destination steakhouses. Steak eaters will never say “I have to go to Harrah’s for Ruth’s Chris!” like the may say “we have to go to MGM Grand for Craft Steak.”

However, if someone is staying at Harrah’s getting a steak at Ruth’s Chris is a good option if you don’t want to leave the hotel. Notice I’m saying “good” and not “great” or “amazing”. There’s something to be said for the comfort of being familiar with the quality of the food and service at a restaurant.

Ruth’s Chris at Harrah’s will be a fine and convenient choice for people staying at Harrah’s and don’t feel like going elsewhere for dinner or don’t have a reservation elsewhere.

Bottom line: I would eat at Ruth’s Chris if someone else wanted to go or if I was staying at Harrah’s, but wouldn’t wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Sure, an independently owned and operated steakhouse might be better or interesting but at least I know Ruth’s Chris won’t try to kill me and that’s more than I can say for Gordon Ramsay.

Photo: Ruth’s Chris

Gordon Ramsay Is Trying To Kill Me

I think the saying goes “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Well Gordon Ramsay fooled me twice and I was in pain and afraid to eat all day Friday because of it. In fact, I couldn’t even finish writing this blog because of the pain.

The story begins last summer when I had a very tasty but fatty New York strip at Gordon Ramsay Steak (GRS) at Paris Las Vegas (see full review at Vegas Chatter). After drinking and gambling for a few hours I ran to the bathroom in pain. I gave GRS the benefit of the doubt on that it didn’t make me sick because I was drinking all night too.

Thursday night I went to the new Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace. My friend said I looked timid when ordering and I was. I kept things simple. I ordered mini burgers, chips and a Magic Hat #9. This isn’t anything that should make anyone sick and a combination I’ve had countless times without repercussion. As soon as dinner was over I thought I felt something bad inside but I made it home fine. Unfortunately I wasn’t fine. I woke up Thursday morning at 4am with pain in my stomach that felt like an alien was trying to escape.

I think Gordon Ramsay is trying to kill me. 

I felt so awful and angry on Friday that I didn’t think it was in anyone’s best interest for me to finish writing a blog bashing and bitching about the two times Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in Las Vegas made me sick. Truth is that they did make me sick and I’m cranky about it.

So, why do I think Gordon Ramsay is trying to kill me? First of all I’ve never read reviews that had people in similar pain eating at multiple Gordon Ramsay restaurants. Second, and more important, the people I dined with made it through their meals relatively unharmed. Third, this feeling hasn’t happened at any other restaurant anywhere in Vegas besides Jack In The Box.

It’s bad enough both places made me sick but both are fairly pricey. Thursday night we had 2 appetizers, 1 side order and 2 drinks for a bill that was $70 after tip. Those are typical Vegas strip prices today for a nice restaurant. My NY Strip at Gordon Ramsay Steak was $65 and dinner was close to $150 per person. This puts the Gordon Ramsay restaurant prices on the higher end of dining in Las Vegas.

I don’t expect to get sick after eating any meal let alone a meal priced at the high end of dining. 

Obviously I will recommend you never eat at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant unless you like to spend your days close to a toilet bowl.

My conquest for the best burger in Vegas will not include Gordon Ramsay’s Burger joint at Planet Hollywood. Seriously, FTG!

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