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Ruth's Chris or Morton's?

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stringbean Dec 2, 2010 02:43 PM

Need help. Tasked with choosing a restaurant for a get together with out of town friends.
Big steak eaters - which would you choose?

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    treb Dec 3, 2010 09:47 AM

    Neither, I'd go for The Oak Room.

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    Oak Room
    138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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      phonelady Dec 3, 2010 10:11 AM

      I am with you on this one, especially if there is to be a lot of conversing. I find most of the aforementioned to be LOUD.

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        C. Hamster Dec 3, 2010 12:17 PM

        I find the Oak Room very drab and dated. Still better that Ruths Chris.

        Of those 2, Morton's for sure.

        But I'd also suggest a nonchain. Grill 23 is great.

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        Grill 23 & Bar
        161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Oak Room
        138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    2. typhoonfish Dec 3, 2010 07:22 AM

      Morton's Seaport. Shrimp Alexander, Wianno Oysters, Bone In Ribeye.

      1. Alcachofa Dec 2, 2010 05:56 PM

        McDonald's or Burger King?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/32

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          CocoDan Dec 3, 2010 05:18 AM

          My thoughts exactly!
          CocoDan

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            hotoynoodle Dec 3, 2010 02:56 PM

            while a steakhouse isn't exactly my first choice, it's ridiculous to compare a big mac on a plastic tray to a prime rib eye on a clothed table, cooked and served by pros.. c'mon, guys.

            1. re: hotoynoodle
              justbeingpolite Dec 3, 2010 03:12 PM

              I think they were suggesting that the difference between any of the chain steakhouses is like the differences between hamburger ff chains: personal preference, but all kind of interchangeable.
              I don't think they were offering Mickey D's as an alternative to Ruthy C's. :o)

              1. re: justbeingpolite
                hotoynoodle Dec 4, 2010 07:44 PM

                lol, temporarily dense noodle. they ALL buy their meat from 2 places in chicago anyway. it is all the same meat.

        2. BostonZest Dec 2, 2010 05:54 PM

          Over on the chains board they have a comparison.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735133?tag=search_results;results_list

          This one adds Capital Grille
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718403?tag=search_results;results_list

          and a conversation on Ruth Chris
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749465?tag=search_results;results_list

          Penny
          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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            Gabatta Dec 2, 2010 04:56 PM

            To actually answer the OP's question, I would choose Mortons of those two. Best beef (IMO) of any steakhouse in town, better apps and sides than Chris', better service as well. The only edge I would give to Chris' is the space.

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              hotoynoodle Dec 2, 2010 05:20 PM

              the seaport morton's is much nicer, and executes better, than the subterranean location on boylston.

              i also prefer it to ruth's chris.

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              carneyvore Dec 2, 2010 04:53 PM

              Mooo, Grill 23 or Abe & Louis.

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              Mooo
              15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

              Grill 23 & Bar
              161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                dundy Dec 2, 2010 04:05 PM

                Agree to go local....never had a bad Steak at G23

                1. Beachowolfe Dec 2, 2010 02:52 PM

                  I'd choose something they couldn't get in every major city. Maybe Grill23?

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