Defending the chain chophouse and the glory of Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at Harrah’s is a handsome, massive restaurant.
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Morton’s. Fleming’s. Capital Grille. Del Frisco’s. The Palm. Mastro’s. Smith & Wollensky. Big-name chain steakhouses that have a strong presence in Las Vegas. Restaurants you might not consider for a special cow-centric night out, but definitely should. Why? Consistency. It’s a hallmark of successful franchises and quality steakhouses. You want the same precisely delicious food each time you go, and that’s what these restaurants deliver.

At Ruth's Chris, your steak comes out sizzling every time.

The best example of this hitting-the-right-spot-ness is Ruth’s Chris Steak House, (Harrah’s, 702-693-6000) one of the first big chains/fine dining spots to come to Las Vegas when it opened on Paradise Road in 1989. Today the only local Ruth’s Chris is on the Strip, and it’s a humongous, handsome restaurant that seems to stretch as long as Las Vegas Boulevard. The food and service are impeccable. The big red wines and bigger chunks of beef—served on sizzling plates doused in butter—are the stars of this show, almost eclipsed by appetizers like crab-stuffed mushrooms ($15) and lightly fried lobster in spicy cream sauce ($18). One grand meal at this magnificent machine and you’ll wonder why every casino doesn’t have a Ruth’s Chris inside.

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