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Ruth's Chris Woodland Hills

TomSwift | May 5, 200401:09 PM

We'd stopped in for drinks a couple of times but never for dinner, until last night. Seated promptly at 7:00 (the place was full) - decent martinis, on the large side (a plus). We ordered pretty simply, a petit fillet for Mrs. Swift and a large fillet for me. She ordered hers medium-rare and I ordered mine charred-rare, or "black and bleu." The waiter said he'd put the order in for mine "Philadelphia Style," which he said was charred-rare. He assured me. I also asked for a chilled salad plate, which I explained I needed to transfer my steak to when it was served, so that it wouldn't continue to cook (to medium rare or worse) on the HOT plate on which they serve their steaks. O.K. he says. Our steaks arrive, hers is medium to medium-well and mine is medium-rare to medium. So much for "Philadelphia Style." The chilled plate also arrives, to which I transferred the steak before slicing it to discover my fate. We hailed the waiter who immediately removed the offending Philadelphia and a manager replaced it with a perfectly cooked charred-rare version. But no chilled plate so I had to hold the steak in the air with knife and fork until a plate could be procured. So I'm compulsive. Thoroughly delicious, and so was Mrs. Swift's, as she prefers hers more on the cooked side. The side of au gratin potatoes, ordered with extra cheese (because of corporate directive to reduce the amount of cheese per portion) was just o.k., with all the cheese piled on top and none mixed into the potatoes. A side of regular fries, ordered well-done, arrived nicely browned but limp and soggy. We discussed all of this with our waiter (who is quiting at the end of next week to persue a career in real estate) and he offered to comp us a dessert. We explained that we don't eat desserts. He then appeared with a complimentary coupon for $25 off our next visit there. Hmmm, $8 dessert or $25 coupon? A satisfactory resolution. The tab, w/o tip, was $113, with 4 martinis. We've never had a bad meal at the Beverly Hills RC, but then they've never suggested anything from Philadelphia either.

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