Might as well call this the "Big Ole Notjr Thread".............funny last night I had this little darling at the Ruth's Chris in Plainsboro/Princeton area (rt. 1) after an appointment. Strip on the bone, perfect medium for me, creamed spinach and bernaise on the side. Not pictured was the shrimp cocktail and wedge salad for apps.
While Ruth's Chris is obviously a very well known and respected high end steak house chain, I find them about the least favorable of the big boys. For example I was at the Ruth's Chris at Mohegan Sun in the Pocono's two weeks ago they has oysters on the half shell, the strip on the bone was served sliced off the bone and they had hot horseradish to accompany the oysters (and shrimp). Now last night I'm at the Plainsboro / Princeton location......no oysters, strip served un-sliced and no hot horseradish. I have found this lack of conformity to be a very bad habit of Ruth's Chris. Some locations like the Washington DC were simply HORRIBLE......so while I still go if they are the only game in the area they are my least favorite of the prime/aged style steakhouses. Meal last night was good, very good, but still disappointing because I had my hopes up for some oysters.
FYI after going astray from my self imposed carb restricted diet the past couple of months, I've started to put some weight back on and am overall pissed off with my over-all eating habits so I've been trying to curtail my carb consumption again. I've been eating what would technically be considered a "shit ton" of steak, so trust me this will be turning into the NotJr thread over time.
For purchasing steak for home consumption I've been a long time fan of Foodtown in Red Bank butcher. They are selling CAB , not prime nor aged, but I've always been very happy with their very large cuts of beef. They know how to charge for it, per lbs. they are charging as much if not more than Wegmans is for their prime aged. I was recently turned onto Wegmans, although it's a bit of a ride from home, I was surprised to find they do sell prime aged steaks. The problem with Wegmans is they seem to be pre-cut and on the "smallish" side for my desire a strip is probably 10-12 oz. (yes I buy two for myself). I don't know if they will custom cut if you request, I haven't asked yet....but they are very good.
I know some people have given some suggestions for butchers in Red Bank which I"m going to be checking out soon, I really want to start cooking more prime aged at home, especially now that winter is coming and I'm going to be switching from the grill to my new cast iron pan!! (never had one before.....I see a strip or rib eye with some olive oil, butter, garlic and rosemary in my future!!!!)
My favorite NJ Steakhouse locations are; (in no particular order)
Steak 85 - New Brunswick
Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant
Raven and Peach - Fair Haven
Knife and Fork - Atlantic City (although I haven't been in a few years)
Old Homested - Atlantic City
Fernandes III - South Amboy (less quality higher value)
Char - Raritan (FUCK RED BANK)
Sammy's Cider Mill - Mendham (sentimental)
Toscana - Hamilton
Steve's Sizzling Steaks - Carlstadt
Runners up would be
Ruth's Chris - Roots - Wolfgangs - Chris Michaels - Brando's/Oysteria