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Originally posted by _Joy_:"It's downtown next to Von Braun Center. I haven't gone to the one in Huntsville. Here's their website with more info.

Ruth's Chris is BRAND NEW in Huntsville.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
800 Monroe St. in the Embassy Suites.
539-7373. Reviewed Nov. 23.

Truly extravagant dining has arrived in Huntsville. This is fine dining with a tradition that dates to the mid-1960s in New Orleans. Expect to pay a steep price for mouthwatering steaks and succulent seafood. Everything is a la carte, but side dishes are enough to share. Lunch is equally exciting for much less money.

Here's the review in the Huntsville Times:

Ruth's Chris: Splurging has never tasted so good
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Huntsville Times Nightlife Columnist

Crab cakes for an appetizer: $16.95. Ruth's chop salad: $7.25. A bone-in ribeye with sweet-potato casserole: $37.95 and $7.25. Banana cream pie: $7.95.

Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House: priceless.

Add a 15 to 20 percent tip to the meal above, and the tab creeps to nearly $100. Add a $2.95 cup of coffee, a $4.95 bottle of Pelegrino sparkling water or $11 glass of house Merlot, and you've topped the century mark.

Dinner in Huntsville has never been this extravagant. Ruth's Chris is the most lavish dining experience since the Rib Cellar of the 1970s.

This is no meager gourmet meal, though. It is a bold dinner for a man-sized appetite. Don't be embarrassed about taking home leftovers.

Ruth's Chris traces its roots to New Orleans in 1965, when Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home to buy Chris Steak House on North Broad Street. The restaurant began franchising in 1977 and spreading across America and into nine foreign countries. The Huntsville location opened last month in downtown's new Embassy Suites hotel.

In its fourth week, Ruth's Chris is booked virtually every evening. Anyone hoping for a dinner reservation Thursday through Sunday needs to call before Tuesday. Further pressing the kitchen staff is the fact that Ruth's Chris also handles the hotel's room service.

What makes this new restaurant so popular? Take a look at a few intriguing selections.

Crabtini is a martini glass filled with lump crab meat that tickles taste buds. It's like a variation on shrimp cocktail but tossed in a tangy vinaigrette and then highlighted with Creole remoulade. It's pricey at $14.95, but this is a restaurant for splurging.

Among soups is a meaty Louisiana seafood gumbo for $7.50 and spicy lobster bisque for $8.75. If you plan to order a salad, skip the appetizers.

Don't miss Ruth's chop salad. It is delectable in both appearance and flavor. Shredded lettuce is molded into a tower topped with fried onions. The dressing has an intriguing bleu cheese-lemon flavor. Price is $7.25.

Steaks are the specialty at Ruth's Chris, and they range in price from $28.95 for a petite filet to $41.95 for a T-bone. Special toppings, such as crab cakes or sauces, cost extra, as do side dishes. But lower-priced entres are available - stuffed chicken or pork chop, salmon for $23.95 or sauted shrimp for $26.95.

Potato and vegetable side dishes cost $6.50 to $8.95, but they are enough for three to share. The sweet-potato casserole is heavenly - a pecan-crusted dish, sweet and with a hint of vanilla. Share it only if you must; it's that good. The price is $7.25.

The creamed spinach and asparagus with hollandaise are healthy choices and cost $6.75 and $8.95, respectively.

Dessert is another highlight, ranging in price from $6.75 for pecan pie to $7.95 for a delicious caramelized banana cream pie. And creme brule for $7.25 is always a good choice.

Ruth's Chris is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with scaled-down prices. The daytime menu offers nearly a dozen sandwiches and salads priced from $9.95 to $16.95. Luncheon steaks cost up to $26.95, but the restaurant serves country-fried steak or salmon fillet for $13.95, shrimp and andouille pasta for $14.95 and chicken piccata for $12.95.

The restaurant takes up about half of the main-floor lobby of the Embassy Suites and as its only restaurant is fitting for casual comfort or formal affairs. It's an opportunity for lavishing by night or pampering by day.
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