Meat the Family

Rose explains her beef with Ruth's Chris

In the end, what sticks out after a visit to Ruth's Chris is the ostentations: The $3 valet service even though a public parking lot sits right across the street. The lobster tank adjacent to the maitre d's podium. The glass of Silver Oak cabernet that costs $33. The wall-mounted waterfall contraptions affixed inside each bathroom stall that tinkle nonstop. The way the servers pass their downtime by polishing and repolishing the wine glasses at empty tables. The wonky gesticulations of the host as he expounds on the menu and delivers the rehearsed spiel about Ruth's Chris' humble beginnings. The way that story goes, New Orleans resident Ruth Fertel was only looking to cover her kid's college tuition when she mortgaged her house to buy the 60-seat Chris Steak House back in '65.

Never mind that the Fertel of yesteryear probably couldn't have afforded to dress right for a place like this one, let alone eat here.

Conspicuous consumption: Ruth's Chris goes (way) over the top.
Jennifer Silverberg
Conspicuous consumption: Ruth's Chris goes (way) over the top.

Location Info


Ruth's Chris Steakhouse-Clayton

1 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: Clayton


Ruth's Chris Steak House 1 N. Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton; 314-783 -9900. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri, 4-11 p.m. Sat., 4-9 p.m. Sun.

Filet $31.95
Cowboy rib eye $37.95
Shoestring fries $6.50
Asparagus $7.95

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