Photo by Arthur Etchells
HughE Dillon was the first to report that the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at 260 S Broad Street is looking to relocate to the Sonesta Hotel at 18th and Market Streets. The location was the longtime home to Elephant and the Castle and has sat empty since March, 2014. Though the deal hasn’t been confirmed, all parties believe it will be soon.
Rumor: Ruth’s Chris Steak House is on the Move… [PhillyChitChat]
The meat locker at Kensington Quarters | Photo via Kensington Quarters
In late January, we were asked if we would have anything special happening in March that could be teased in the magazine’s web table of contents. And with everyone in January still steadfastly holding on to their New Year’s resolutions of fewer burgers for lunch, more vegetables at dinner and hitting the suddenly packed gyms harder, we thought by March, some counter-programming would be in order.
Thus was born, Meat Week. All week, we’ll be bringing you a big plate of burgers, steaks, sausages, charcuterie, offal and more. First up, steakhouses.
Philadelphia’s Best Steakhouses »
The Pub gets in the holiday spirit | Photo by Dan McQuade
Danya Henninger reviews The Pub for the Courier-Post and finds that the throwback steakhouse is still worth a trip, for the drinks, the all-you-can-eat salad bar and of course, the steaks.
No seasoning is added to the choice cuts, but the char over hickory is enough to saturate even the biggest cuts of meat with flavor. A 12-ounce filet mignon was surprisingly easy to polish off — I don’t think I’ve ever seen three quarters of a pound of beef disappear so fast.
At $35.99 (including salad bar and sides), that giant filet is a good value. The stuffed flounder ($25.99) was less exciting, but still a good deal, since the huge mound of seafood was full of big, sweet jumbo lump crab, and the fish was perfectly flaky.
Dining Review: The Pub
The Pub [Official]
Photo by Alex Tewfik
For years, Alex Plotkin’s Chops steakhouse in Bala Cynwyd was an exercise in mediocrity. It didn’t have to be great, because it was the only place to get a rib eye and filet in the eastern half of the Main Line. But once Plotkin moved the operation to the old Table 31 space inside the Comcast Center — the most important corporate headquarters in Philadelphia — he needed to step up his game. Fortunately, he has. The kitchen delivers pristine cuts from Creekstone Farms and Gachot & Gachot, and a stellar shrimp cocktail and sides (though we are so over lobster macaroni and cheese). And if you think steaks and shrimp are hard to screw up, you obviously haven’t been to Del Frisco’s or Ocean Prime.
1701 JFK Boulevard
Originally published in the December, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
Photo by Alex Tewfik
Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.
The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.
Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]
Caroline Russock, who seems to have the South Jersey steakhouse beat on lockdown, was lucky enough to be invited in to try Guy Fieri’s Chophouse in Atlantic City. What follows is classic Fieri-isms and a shocking turn:
Ridiculous name aside, the Danger Wings were borderline genius. Served five to an order, the drumettes were frenched, rack of lamb-style for a no Wet-Nap necessary wing-eating experience. And the Blue-sabi? The wasabi heat actually works with blue cheese dressing. The Baja shrimp, tempura fried and dressed with a sweet-hot sriracha mayo, came with thin slices of jalapeno and lime wedges and did a fairly spot-on job mimicking the best elements of a Southern California shrimp taco in a decidedly un-SoCal locale.
Read on for the entertaining conclusion of Russock’s dinner at Fieri’s Chophouse and also check out her Edible Philly piece on stuck-in-time South Jersey steakhouses.
A visit to the Guy Fieri Chophouse in Atlantic City [City Paper]
Great Steaks [Edible Philly]
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse [Bally’s Atlantic City]
The bar at the Prime Rib is a treat. The people watching, the staggeringly strong martinis, the blue cheese stuffed olives. There’s something about the bar at this Rittenhouse spot that has to be experienced.
The other thing that has to be tried at P-Rib is of course the prime rib. And this month, the famous 15-ounce dish is just $25.
The Prime Rib [Official]
Chef Jose Garces is a busy man with two new restaurant openings.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8, the newest iteration of his Distrito brand opens at the Moorestown Mall. Chef Garces brings the flavor of Mexico City to New Jersey with a full bar of 100+ tequilas and shareable plates, good for families and large parties. And drunks. Lots and lots of drunks. You’re welcome, New Jersey.
And that’s not all…
A few weeks ago, we heard Guy Fieri might be planting his flag in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City speculated that it might be in the place of the old Reserve Steakhouse at Bally’s. They were right. The Press is reporting that it’ll be called Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, and it’ll be open in “early summer”.
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Ten years into its existence on Rittenhouse Square, Stephen Starr’s first Philadelphia steakhouse remains the city’s most stylish and expense-account-crushing ode to red meat. As at Starr’s supper-clubby Butcher and Singer, service here is A-1. But while Butcher and Singer is the kind of place you can take Mom to for an impressive birthday dinner, Barclay Prime is the type of modern see-and-be-seen dining room where you’ll be embarrassed when she shows up in anything less than Prada. Skip the gimmicky wagyu-foie cheesesteak and cut into the signature rib eye. Just expect to drop $150 to $200 per person if you’re going all in.
Barclay Prime [Foobooz]