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goreds2
09-14-2006, 11:19 AM
Last night, Furman mentioned that the Padres went to the Jeff Ruby Steak House after they lost Tuesdays game. The total dinner bill was $6000 and they left a $2000 tip. (33%)

Chip R
09-14-2006, 11:23 AM
You stay classy, San Diego.

dabvu2498
09-14-2006, 11:25 AM
Piazza arranged this through his long-time friendship with Ruby (Lasorda connection???). I've heard he does it every year when whatever team he's on travels into Cincy.

Matt700wlw
09-14-2006, 11:28 AM
I need to start waiting tables at 4 star restaurants....

redsfan30
09-14-2006, 11:29 AM
Either they ate 16 steaks a piece or they had a metric ton of drinks because $6,000 for no more than 40 people comes out to like $150 a person.

Wow.

Roy Tucker
09-14-2006, 11:35 AM
I guess I won't complain about taking my family of 5 out to dinner.

I've been to Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse a couple times and it is a class and primo place. But it is expensive. I expensed a business dinner for 8 and it was over $1K. I could rack up a $150 bill without trying too hard.

redsfan30
09-14-2006, 11:38 AM
I guess I won't complain about taking my family of 5 out to dinner.

I've been to Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse a couple times and it is a class and primo place. But it is expensive. I expensed a business dinner for 8 and it was over $1K. I could rack up a $150 bill without trying too hard.

Wow.

So how much would dinner for two usually set you back?

dabvu2498
09-14-2006, 11:38 AM
You can not get a steak at the Precinct for less than 30 bucks. That's ala carte. Sides are extra. Desserts run close to 10 bucks. Throw in a 10 dollarappetizer and you're well on your way. And that's before you have a couple bottles of wine.

dabvu2498
09-14-2006, 11:39 AM
Wow.

So how much would dinner for two usually set you back?

Wife and I did dinner for two there about 3 months ago and it cost us 105 bucks, including tip, and neither of us drinks.

Always Red
09-14-2006, 11:42 AM
Wife and I did dinner for two there about 3 months ago and it cost us 105 bucks, including tip, and neither of us drinks.

Well, I'm betting the Pads had some drinks. :)

Dinner for two, a drink before, maybe an appetizer, wine with dinner, usually runs about $200 when I go there.

redsfan30
09-14-2006, 11:44 AM
Holy crap!

Is this place THAT good?

goreds2
09-14-2006, 11:56 AM
Holy crap!

Is this place THAT good?

It better be. ;)

Ruby's have been advertising on WLW saying it is their 25th anniversary.

Always Red
09-14-2006, 12:06 PM
Holy crap!

Is this place THAT good?

It's pretty good, but not great, IMO.

I like the steaks at Longhorn just as well, at a fraction of the price.

My wife prefers the "atmosphere" at Ruby's.

We eat at Longhorn's much more often! :D

Always Red
09-14-2006, 12:09 PM
PS- Mike Piazza is a classy guy who treats regular folks very well; I've heard stories like this about him before; kudos to Piazza and the Padres.:thumbup:

Roy Tucker
09-14-2006, 12:16 PM
Holy crap!

Is this place THAT good?

Depends if your tastes run that way. It's a Power Big Deal Big City kind of steakhouse. Like a Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Peter Luger's, etc. kind of place, i.e. high class place, service, and food, but you pay out the ying-yang for it.

It's fun to go to once or if you're trying to impress someone. I thought it was great.

But I'm also cheap. We can go to Costco, buy USDA prime NY strips, buy a bottle of good red wine, I'll stoke up a hickory-fueled fire on my outside grill, and I can cook a steak just as good for 1/10 the price.

vaticanplum
09-14-2006, 12:19 PM
I need to start waiting tables at 4 star restaurants....

I can tell you that this kind of tip is NOT common, not even from the wealthy or famous.

But when it happens, it restores your faith in humanity. Seriously.

Matt700wlw
09-14-2006, 12:22 PM
I can tell you that this kind of tip is NOT common, not even from the wealthy or famous.

But when it happens, it restores your faith in humanity. Seriously.

I'm sure it's not....and I'd bet there was more than one server.

But man, walking out with that kind of change after 1 night of work would be sweet.

dabvu2498
09-14-2006, 12:23 PM
Holy crap!

Is this place THAT good?

A good dining experience is one of those "luxuries" in life that's worth paying for every so often. My wife and I have 8-10 "luxury" dining sports in the Cincy/Dayton area. We don't hit em up as much as we used to (dang kid), but 2-3 times a year, it's worth it.

vaticanplum
09-14-2006, 12:32 PM
I'm sure it's not....and I'd bet there was more than one server.

But man, walking out with that kind of change after 1 night of work would be sweet.

A lot of my friends work at a trendy hotel restaurant in New York. They split all their tips with bartenders, the runners, the busboys, the hostesses...and they still walk regularly with $1000 a night. They're union too, so they have insurance, which is rare for servers. And they do not nearly bust their butts the way I did as a server/bartender at a dive farther downtown. I'm not complaining though, I made good money, and truly loved the work.

GitRDunn
09-14-2006, 01:23 PM
Either they ate 16 steaks a piece or they had a metric ton of drinks because $6,000 for no more than 40 people comes out to like $150 a person.

Wow.

You forget it was probably more like 80 people. Each player probably had an Escort with them. :laugh:

919191
09-14-2006, 05:14 PM
Wonder how much the servers claimed?

Ltlabner
09-14-2006, 07:11 PM
A good dining experience is one of those "luxuries" in life that's worth paying for every so often. My wife and I have 8-10 "luxury" dining sports in the Cincy/Dayton area. We don't hit em up as much as we used to (dang kid), but 2-3 times a year, it's worth it.

Boy, you got that right. There are plenty of inexpensive little joints around the world with good food, but there is something very sastiying about a big, fancy meal at a "luxury" dining establishment now and again.

That reminds me, I need to get over to St. Elmos in Indy sometime soon.

Yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmm shrimp and horseradish sauce.

vaticanplum
09-14-2006, 07:58 PM
Wonder how much the servers claimed?

At those kinds of restaurants, almost all tips are typically claimed these days due to the splitting of the pot and the paperwork. Particularly since this was almost certainly paid for with a credit card.

As to why the cost was so high -- I'm guessing there was a very nice bottle or two of wine purchased.

TStuck
09-14-2006, 11:59 PM
You stay classy, San Diego.

Chip, are you related to Ron Burgundy?:laugh:

dman
09-15-2006, 12:50 AM
Not me brother. Every year my mother-in-law gets us a 1/4 side of beef for Christmas. My family has steaks on dman's Back Porch Grill and BBQ.

Razor Shines
09-15-2006, 01:25 AM
You stay classy, San Diego.

Hmm. At the moment I am thinking of the one that got him fired. What was it? Go something yourself San Diego.....

REDREAD
09-15-2006, 10:37 AM
Wife and I did dinner for two there about 3 months ago and it cost us 105 bucks, including tip, and neither of us drinks.

You cheapskate, you didn't leave a $1000 tip? :laugh:

Highlifeman21
09-15-2006, 11:26 AM
Depends if your tastes run that way. It's a Power Big Deal Big City kind of steakhouse. Like a Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Peter Luger's, etc. kind of place, i.e. high class place, service, and food, but you pay out the ying-yang for it.

It's fun to go to once or if you're trying to impress someone. I thought it was great.

But I'm also cheap. We can go to Costco, buy USDA prime NY strips, buy a bottle of good red wine, I'll stoke up a hickory-fueled fire on my outside grill, and I can cook a steak just as good for 1/10 the price.


Having such a weakness for the big name steakhouses, I've been to quite a few.

Cincy area steakhouses, in my order of preference:
Morton's (far and away the best in the city)
Palomino
Precinct
Sturkey's
Jeff Ruby's
Carlo & Johnny's
Phoenix
The Waterfront
Jimmy D's
Encore Cafe

Morton's and all of the Jeff Ruby joints were pretty much on par pricewise, but the quality at Morton's was just head, shoulders, pick a body part above any of Jeff's joints.

Impressive that a national chain like Morton's can get it right at every location.

dabvu2498
09-15-2006, 11:45 AM
Impressive that a national chain like Morton's can get it right at every location.

Ditto Ruth's Chris.

zombie-a-go-go
09-15-2006, 01:06 PM
I can tell you that this kind of tip is NOT common, not even from the wealthy or famous.



Tiger Woods is a lousy tipper.

And I speak from experience, here.

RFS62
09-15-2006, 03:54 PM
Tiger Woods is a lousy tipper.

And I speak from experience, here.


Wow. What service, do tell, did he "stiff" you for, so to speak?



:evil:

goreds2
09-15-2006, 04:41 PM
Tiger Woods is a lousy tipper.

And I speak from experience, here.

I have heard stories that SHAQ leaves a $100 tip even if he just gets one drink at a bar.

vaticanplum
09-15-2006, 04:54 PM
Tiger Woods is a lousy tipper.

And I speak from experience, here.

Hilariously, I have waited on very few sports stars, but that was one of them. And he tipped very well.

Maybe I made him a stiffer drink than you did :D

bradmu
09-15-2006, 05:15 PM
I went to a Business Dinner at Jeff Ruby's Tropicana in Newport and go the Surf and Turf...it said Marketprice. Looked at the bill and Surf and Turf was $75. Add on an side dish, appetizers, dessert, and drinks, and you got a huge Bill. I didn't pay for it, so it was great.

Highlifeman21
09-15-2006, 07:13 PM
Ditto Ruth's Chris.

Been to Ruth's Chris as well, and I definitely would have included it, but I left my list to all steakhouses Cincy.

Another one that gets it right nationwide as a chain is Sullivan's. The fact most of them have live jazz is just breathtaking, to say the least.

The 1 national chain I will put in the "varies from location to location" would be Smith & Wollensky. Been to 5 of them, only 3 of them have been worth the price.

But, hands down, the best steakhouse I've ever been to is Burn's down in Tampa. Down in the warehouse/factory district. Worth the trip to Tampa alone.

Rojo
09-15-2006, 08:39 PM
Jeff Ruby/Jack Ruby -- has anyone looked into this? We're through the looking glass here people.

REDREAD
09-15-2006, 10:46 PM
Hilariously, I have waited on very few sports stars, but that was one of them. And he tipped very well.

Maybe I made him a stiffer drink than you did :D


I bet you look a lot better than Zombie :laugh:

dman
09-15-2006, 10:56 PM
Mitchell's Steakhouse in Columbus is supposed to be a great place. I haven't saved up enough money to take my wife there yet.

Always Red
09-16-2006, 06:21 AM
Best steak I ever had was a few years ago at Del Frisco's in Fort Worth, TX. It took me the better part of an hour to get there from Dallas, but it was absolutely worth the trip. That steak dinner was outstanding!

vaticanplum
09-16-2006, 10:34 AM
Ditto Ruth's Chris.

Can somebody please explain the etymology behind this? Every time I see it, I'm baffled.

vaticanplum
09-16-2006, 10:37 AM
I bet you look a lot better than Zombie :laugh:

Zombie may well be a supermodel....Tiger and I did talk about headphones. I gave him advice. Maybe he was happy about it. realistically, though, he probably has good and bad days just like everybody else.

I was always waiting for a Yankee to walk into my bar (this was in New York), but none ever did. Although apparently Derek Jeter did stop in after visiting the firehouse next door shortly after September 11. I, of course, was not working. My friend and co-worker reported back that she was unimpressed. But then, she is wholly unimpressed with sports in general.

Highlifeman21
09-16-2006, 10:53 AM
Mitchell's Steakhouse in Columbus is supposed to be a great place. I haven't saved up enough money to take my wife there yet.

IMO, don't waste your time. Mitchell is to Columbus like Ruby is to Cincy. Steak quality isn't all that great compared to the price. Went there twice, just to make sure it sucked equally each time.

If you're looking for steak in Columbus, I highly recommend the Monk in Bexley, The Clarmont or The Refectory if you're looking for something non-chain. If you don't mind national chains, Columbus has a Smith & Wollensky @ Easton, Morton's downtown about 2 blocks from Nationwide Arena, or a Ruth's Chris up in Worthington. All are excellent locations.

Redus
09-16-2006, 02:13 PM
You stay classy, San Diego.

:beerme: Bravo on that one sir! Anchorman is one of the most quoteable movies ever.

Rojo
09-16-2006, 03:19 PM
Can somebody please explain the etymology behind this? Every time I see it, I'm baffled.

I think I read that a woman named Ruth bought the Chris Steakhouse, in Lousiana I think, and went big with it.

DannyB
09-16-2006, 10:38 PM
I couldn`t recommend too many steak places because I got hooked on Joe Bissets Grub Steak in Dayton.I dont know how classy it is but its way cheaper.

FoReel
09-17-2006, 12:43 AM
Either they ate 16 steaks a piece or they had a metric ton of drinks because $6,000 for no more than 40 people comes out to like $150 a person.

Wow.
You have to tally in the coaches, personel, and maybe family(wife, kids, etc)

dabvu2498
09-18-2006, 08:10 AM
I couldn`t recommend too many steak places because I got hooked on Joe Bissets Grub Steak in Dayton.I dont know how classy it is but its way cheaper.

Word... one of my favorites. Good food decent price. Reminds of me one of the places the "Goodfellas" hung out.

Roy Tucker
09-18-2006, 11:04 AM
Can somebody please explain the etymology behind this? Every time I see it, I'm baffled.

Wiki is your friend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth's_Chris_Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris Steak House (NASDAQ: RUTH) is a chain of over 85 steakhouses across the United States and around the world, most known today for being an upscale attraction, a departure from the prices in the chain as recently as twenty years ago. The restaurant's signature is serving "Prime" Steaks that are seared at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and served on plates heated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 Celsius). A tablespoon of butter is added just before the plates leave the kitchen to make them sizzle.

The chain was founded by Ruth Fertel, a single mother of two, in 1965, after she bought the existing Chris Steak House in New Orleans. In buying the restaurant, Fertel had to agree that the restaurant keep the "Chris" name for a specified period of time. After the original location sustained a kitchen fire, she relocated the restaurant about 1/2 mile to the west on Broad Street and renamed the rebuilt establishment "Ruth's Chris" (under her purchase agreement, the name Chris Steak House could not be used at any other location, and she did not want to lose customers already familiar with the Chris name).

Fertel started to franchise the restaurant in the 1970s. By the time Fertel was legally allowed to take Chris out of the name, the chain (and its unique name) had become famous in many places across the country, and she therefore decided to keep the name.

The chain has received paid endorsements from several celebrities, including Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated Greater New Orleans (see: Effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans) and the chain was moved its corporate headquarters to Orlando, Florida. No plans to move back to the New Orleans area have been announced. Like most business in the city, two of the chain's locations in the Greater New Orleans area were forced to close because of the storm. The Metairie, Louisiana location has since reopened. The corporate offices quickly announced that the old flagship Ruth's Chris on Broad Street is closed for good and that they had no plans to reopen any facilities in the city.

TeamBoone
09-18-2006, 12:01 PM
There is a small chain known as Scotch & Sirloin that I like very much. I went relatively often when I lived in NY but haven't seen one since I moved away, not even when traveling.

And, believe it or not, I had an absolutely great steak dinner at Dave & Buster's! I was surprised and impressed by the quality of their food.

I've never been to the Presinct for the obvious reason but have heard nothing but high praise. I also understand that their steaks are not only very good, but huge.

I once ate at a great steakhouse in Washington, D.C. It was a while ago and for the life of me, I can't remember the name. At the time, it was frequented by Redskins players. There were many characatures and autographs on the walls. Both the steak and the atomosphere was wonderful.

Chip R
09-18-2006, 01:25 PM
When I was in Chicago for a Reds/Cubs series back in 97, I think, I went walking around the Loop that night and found a really nice steakhouse there. I don't believe it was a chain cause I had never heard of it before and the place was not very busy. But they made a fine steak. I can'[t remember the name of it for the life of me, though.