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Feb 12, 2009 12:25 PM

Ruth's Chris vs. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouses

Could somebody compare the two steakhouses, particularly the pricing?
We've been to Dickie Brennan's a number of times and were thinking of giving Ruth's Chris a shot when we visit again in April. Have never been disappointed at DB's but since we have to have one steak night out, thought we might try something else.

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  1. Try something different. Go to La Boca on Fulton. Better meat, better prices, more interesting cuts, and a greater emphasis on the sides.

    Dickie Brennans has been incredibly disappointing recently. Ruth's is still good but if you have been to one Ruth's you have been to them all.

    La Boca

    Get the provoletta, the sweetbreads, the hangar and the skirt with skin. And an order of fries. Trust me on this.

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      1. re: edible complex

        My preference at La Boca is the skinless skirt. You can specify doneness. Skirt with skin only comes well done. Fries are excellent and serve 2. Proveletta is just melted cheese if that's your thing. Split an order of gnocchi for an app.

    1. We have been supremely disappointed at DBs and have resolved to write the place off for good...there would have to be some major overhaul there for me to go back.

      RC has a good steak but seems to be a bit boring. As previously noted, if you've eaten at one you've eaten at them all...

      La Boca is a great alternative but sometimes I feel like I don't get that "American" steak satisfaction there. Hard to explain but sometimes I just need a top of the line strip, rib eye or filet ~ for that I usually go to Delmonico or Besh Steak.

      Let us know what you decide and how it rated.

      1. I would agree with most posters. DB's and Ruth's are so so in my book as far as Steakhouses go. (I can do similar steaks at home)

        La Boca is very good. I like the skirt steak and the bone in Filet.

        For an absolutely killer steak, I have to go to Besh steakhouse. It took me a while to get past the casino thing, but I finally broke down and boy am I gald. The prices are steep. My wife and I split the 38 oz bone in ribeye and we have half a steak leftover. (we do not eat like birds either). The thing I really appreciate is the fact that they give a little vegetables, mushrooms, and potatos with the steak. Everything at DB and Ruth's is a-la-carte. So for a seemingly expesive $58 steak, two grown people have a great steak and meal with leftovers. Cheapest steak in town in my opinion.

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        1. re: geauxgators

          Besh Steakhouse is doing a wine special w/dinner: $20.09 unlimited wine by the glass w/dinner. Don't know what's on the list, but think the special runs weeknights.

          Morton's is doing their 2 for $99 dinner special.

          1. re: edible complex


            Are they still open? I would have given them a nod, even though we have not dined there, but thought that they had closed to be replaced by a Morton's, or similar.

            Please update me on this. Chef Besh has always done well for us, and I'd definitely try his steakhouse, before either of the OP's choices.

            Sorry if I am confused, or just wrong. Help me out, please.


            1. re: Bill Hunt


              the above link to Besh Steak, then you can click on link to wine special.
              I rec'd an email from them a few weeks ago, so assume still open.

        2. I am less a fan of either. Since there are Ruth's in many cities, to which we travel, plus a quarter-dozen in the PHX-metro Area, I cannot see dining at one, except when I am invited.

          Dickie B's has been off of our list for some years now. We found absolutely zero to recommend it.

          Given the limited choice, I would have to be Ruth's, but I'd hope to do better. Now, it is not bad, and I have yet to have a poor meal at any in about 20 states. I, however, typify it as an "adult McDonalds." It's better than Morton's, but in the same category.

          If I had to have a "steak night" in NOLA, I'd go to Charlie's and hope that they were hitting on all cylinders. That said, I never head to NOLA with steak in mind.

          Now that I give it some consideration, I do have to say that Emeril's Delmonico did a good job - better than Dickie B's has ever dreamed of, and better than any Ruth's (even back in the pre-franchise days), that I have ever dined at. Yeah, if I wanted steak, I'd head to Delmonico.


          Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
          1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Delmonico is one of our favorite restaurants in NOLA. I did indeed have their famous New York strip sirloin and it was one of the best I have had. We will definately be hitting there again on our April trip, but my preferance for Delmonico will be one of their other imaginative dishes. Since we will be in NOLA for a full week and will be experiencing some of their wonderful cuisine just about every night, we will do the "steak bit" just one night for a change of pace. I don't think I would like Besh very much due to the noise from the slots etc. So maybe we will take a look at Charlie's and LaBoca as it now stands. Thank you all for your frank comments. We have visited this great city 5 times in the past 7 years and eaten at Dickie Brennan's 3 times, and we have noticed ourselves some slippage.

            1. re: Bobseesit

              I'll have to recommend La Boca as well.
              I've only recently started going & have already been back a handful of times in the past 2 months. Everyone I turn on to La Boca is more than pleased.
              Honestly, I don't think there's anything on the menu that wouldn't be outstanding.
              It's a little embarrasing to say, but it's the same every time . . . moans coming from everyone during the first few bites! I love seeing the look on people's faces when it's their first time!