The kitchen fires up the ovens at 5 p.m., but drink specials begin at 4. Ruth’s bar menu is a mélange of dishes featuring the restaurant’s famed steak and a few seafood options for lighter fare. Everything on the happy hour bar menu is $7, which makes it easy to snack before dinner or create a meal out of the largely portioned appetizers while imbibing on some pretty strong cocktails. Happy hour ends at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, so there’s plenty of time to arrive after the daily grind and relax for a few hours.

If it’s been a rough day, start with Ruth’s Manhattan, which blends Jim Beam, sweet vermouth, Southern Comfort and a Luxardo gourmet cherry — on the rocks is my preference. For food, go for the steak sandwich with fries, a hunk of French bread sliced open and covered with sliced filet and Béarnaise sauce — and though it falls in the appetizer category, it’s more like a meal. For something lighter, the ahi tuna with “spirited sauce” is perfect. The tuna is seasoned on the outside and ever-so-slightly seared, then set in a puddle of this sauce, where the “spirited” is code word for wasabi. The kick of the wasabi is further accented by the Moscow Mule cocktail, a blend or Smirnoff, Canton ginger liqueur, lime juice, ginger ale and topped with a piece of candied ginger. For a palate soother, the tuna comes with a pickled cucumber salad on the side.

Other steak house mainstays that make an appearance on the menu are prime burgers, in the form of sliders or a burger with fries — DSC_0158which are difficult to stop snacking on — or the tenderloin skewers grilled with sesame soy sauce and spring greens. Lobster is also available in the form of a New England Lobster roll with fries or spicy lobster lightly fried and tossed in a spicy cream sauce. For cocktails, try the Classic Cosmo or pomegranate martini for a fruitier take, or the Rocks Rita for a south-of-the-border departure. Or keep it simple with wine or beer.

If a free Friday afternoon is in the cards, wander over for a Ruth’s Chris lunch, which is only served on Fridays. The menu is a little lighter, with salads topped with seafood and soups like gumbo, onion soup au gratin and lobster bisque. Of course, there are steak options, as well, including the classic New York strip or petit filet. Portions are smaller, but staying until happy hour is not unheard of — so snatch up another appetizer if the urge strikes. Stay and sip a cocktail until the weekend’s activities begin.

To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.

feed-image RSS Feed
Loading
Chart
ABiz Stock Watch
o Home Bancorp 20.25 0.00 (0.00%)
o Frank's International 26.67 ▼0.70 (-2.56%)
o IberiaBank Corp 65.26 ▼2.02 (-3.01%)
o LHC Group 21.18 ▼0.04 (-0.19%)
o MidSouth Bancorp 16.41 ▼0.49 (-2.90%)
o Petroquest Energy 6.05 ▲0.39 (6.89%)
o PHI Inc. 42.33 ▼0.19 (-0.45%)
o Superior Energy 32.54 ▼0.18 (-0.55%)
o Stone Energy 46.28 ▲0.03 (0.06%)
o Teche Holding 75.60 ▼2.18 (-2.80%)
o Facebook Inc. 60.87 ▼0.49 (-0.80%)
o Twitter Inc. 44.82 ▼1.13 (-2.46%)
o Gannett 27.40 ▲0.30 (1.11%)
NYSE:HBCP

Home Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:HBCP] Last trade:20.25 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:0.00 (0.00%)
NYSE:FI

Frank's International

Company ID [NYSE:FI] Last trade:26.67 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▼0.70 (-2.56%)
NYSE:IBKC

IberiaBank Corp

Company ID [NYSE:IBKC] Last trade:65.26 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼2.02 (-3.01%)
NYSE:LHCG

LHC Group

Company ID [NYSE:LHCG] Last trade:21.18 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼0.04 (-0.19%)
NYSE:MSL

MidSouth Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:MSL] Last trade:16.41 Trade time:4:02PM EDT Value change:▼0.49 (-2.90%)
NYSE:PQ

Petroquest Energy

Company ID [NYSE:PQ] Last trade:6.05 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▲0.39 (6.89%)
NYSE:PHII

PHI Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:PHII] Last trade:42.33 Trade time:3:57PM EDT Value change:▼0.19 (-0.45%)
NYSE:SPN

Superior Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SPN] Last trade:32.54 Trade time:4:01PM EDT Value change:▼0.18 (-0.55%)
NYSE:SGY

Stone Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SGY] Last trade:46.28 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▲0.03 (0.06%)
NYSE:TSH

Teche Holding

Company ID [NYSE:TSH] Last trade:75.60 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼2.18 (-2.80%)
NYSE:FB

Facebook Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:FB] Last trade:60.87 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼0.49 (-0.80%)
NYSE:TWTR

Twitter Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:TWTR] Last trade:44.82 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼1.13 (-2.46%)
NYSE:GCI

Gannett

Company ID [NYSE:GCI] Last trade:27.40 Trade time:4:02PM EDT Value change:▲0.30 (1.11%)
Advertisement

Read the Flipping Paper!

Click Here for the Entire Print Version of
ABiz
 
Advertisement
Advertisement