My husband is not a foodie. To make it worse, he has oddball food allergies to onions and black pepper that make dining out a minefield. In order to dine together, we have to choose wisely. Not for him is the wonderful, creative works of the star chefs of Portland. We had a gift certificate to dine at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for his birthday, so I went to enjoy the Portland Dining Month $29 deal.
We last ate at a Ruth’s Chris years ago in Las Vegas, so we knew the drill. The dining room was packed at 6 pm on Sunday night. They offer fine dining features such as a doormen to open the door and a coat check. The lighting is very dim and the wine menu requires weight lifting. I was pleased to see that the Portland Dining Month option was well-featured on the last page of the menu. Smartly, they showed suggested wine pairings and upgrades.
We got bread and butter and water as soon as we sat down. I mused that bread seems rare at the foodie restaurants I have been frequenting lately. A casualty of the gluten-free epidemic? I enjoyed having it. Our water server and waiter both introduced themselves and each other and knew our last name. My husband thought that was a nice touch. Throughout, the service was very good, although they seem to be guarding against lawsuits for the hot plates as we were reminded of this three times.
I chose the petite filet mignon (which would have been my choice without the dining month deal anyway) and I decided to add the bleu cheese crust. The standard salad was part of the deal, plus one side (I chose the creamed spinach) and bread pudding for dessert. My husband had the larger filet mignon and mashed potatoes.
We both had a glass of the local Hawk’s View Cellars pinot noir 2010, as I had just listened to the Right at the Fork podcast with the owner. The wine was deliciously full-bodied and fruit-forward. We look forward to visiting their new tasting room and trying more of their wine.
The salad featured arugula and was nice, but overdressed and/or sat for a little too long before serving as it was limp.
Our steaks were perfectly prepared and, as we like with a filet mignon, there was not even a touch of gristle.
The dessert – bread pudding with coconut and pineapple served with chocolate/macadamia nut brittle, was a nice ending.
The tab far exceeded our gift certificate, as the wine was $17 per generous pour and my husband didn’t take the Dining Month deal. If you are out for a real deal, don’t upgrade anything and only choose the set meal!