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Apr 2, 2009 01:20 PM

Ruth's Chris (Woodland Hills) or Morton's (Burbank)??

I'm celebrating my wedding anniversary next week and would like to make dinner plans. My husband loves steak so I thought we'd go with a steakhouse. Since we're celebrating on a week night and have to deal with evening traffic, I'd like to go somewhere relatively nearby (we're in Studio City). Morton's in Burbank is very close, but there's also Ruth's Chris in Woodland Hills (further away, but not too bad of a drive). Have been to RC in Beverly Hills and San Francisco and Morton's in Vegas. Never been to RC's Woodland Hills location nor Morton's Burbank location and I know locations from both chains can differ. Any suggestions for which restaurant to go to bearing in mind commute time (traffic)? Am also very open to other restaurant suggestions with a good filet. Main priorities are good food, reasonable drive time, good ambiance and good service.

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  1. To be totally honest, if you want a really good steak, you should likely avoid any of those types of chains. I'm not saying you can't get a great meal there, you obviously can, but there are far better options out there.

    If you don't mind heading into Hollywood, you should go to STK-LA. We recently took my mother there for her birthday, and I can honestly say its one of the best places I've been in LA. Go for the truffle fries.

    Sorry this doesn't answer your question, but maybe it helps?!?!

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    1. re: ajscores

      If they're going to go over the hill for steak, they'd be way better off food wise at BLT...BLT kicks STK's ass.

    2. I'm a Morton's fan. The Burbank location has great service, though I can't vouch for the filet...I'm a ribeye lover. My steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare, and the cocktails were good there, too. I last had a Ruby Red Grapefruit martini and it was one of the best martinis I've ever had...I can't seem to be able to re-create it at home.

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      1. re: attran99

        Try this:

        1 part ABSOLUT RUBY RED
        1 part Cointreau
        2 parts Red Grapefruit Juice
        Orange Peel

      2. I don't think that you can ever go wrong with the Burbank Morton's. I am not a big filet fan, I also usually get the rib eye but I had the filet a couple of times on their special and enjoyed it too.

        1. I'm more of a Ruths' Chris fan over Morton's. Steak sizzling in butter gets me every time.

          Have you thought about Mastros in BH or Thousand Oaks? I love that place too.

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          1. re: DrBruin

            I much prefer Ruth's Chris to Morton's.

          2. My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary at RC in Woodland Hills...and LOVED it! We were there for 3 glorious hours and were treated like royalty (mentioned anniversary when we made the res.). We chose to have some champagne in their bar before moving in to the dining room. Once there, we started with a tower chopped salad (crispy bacon, creamy blue cheese, eggs, tomatoes, olives, delicate fried onions....oh yeah, and romaine). He had the fillet (like butter) and I had the NY (juicy and full of flavor). Both perfectly cooked to order (and w/out the butter, as it's just not necessary/ muddles that great pure steak flavor). Sides were sauteed spinach w/ just the right amount of garlic and a light n' fluffy baked potato w/ sour cream. They brought us a lovely banana cream pie (caramelized top) for dessert. It was truly a lovely and romantic experience from start to finished. I highly recommend it.