Last Friday night I, along with a few of my girlfriends, decided we needed a breather. We decided on happy hour after work. We work next to City Place in West Palm Beach and right next to the job is the Ruth’s Cris Steakhouse. Ruth’s Cris has long been the go to place for top notch beef dinners with amazing side dishes and incredible service. They don’t reserve this impeccable quality just for the dining room. Happy Hour at the bar is just as excellent.
From 4:30pm to 6pm it’s “$7 Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour” and everything on the special bar menu is $7.00, that includes cocktails. We enjoyed full pours of Columbia Crest’s Two-Vine Merlot and Willie Jack Cabernet. The Rock’s Rita and Pomegranate Martini were also really delicious. Then came the food. For $7.00 I enjoyed a steak sandwich with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun with a side of fries. My friend Maureen ordered the seared tuna. It was seven slices of perfectly prepared tuna; rare in the middle and blackened grill marks on the outside. It was served with an asian sauce drizzled over top, pickled ginger and a half of a lemon for squeezing. It was delicious. Debbie friend ordered the lobster roll and Maria, the sliders. The lobster was tender and lightly dressed then enveloped in a soft bun. The three sliders were grilled to perfection. Made of prime beef they were juicy and flavorful. So much so that they needed no condiments and are served lusciously plain. The spicy lobster also found its way to the table. This delectable bowl of lobster nuggets was drenched in a sriracha mayo sauce but it wasn’t so much as to overpower the lobster. We ordered different dishes and shared bites among us.
I mentioned service earlier as a hallmark of Ruth’s Cris excellence and the bar service was awesome. It was our waiter John who kept our water glasses filled, made great menu suggestions and was really personable without being intrusive. He knew all the menu items including drinks and as we went along made suggestions for our next drink or plate. When we had finished our plates he cajoled us into a dessert. Ruth’s Cris famous bread pudding covered in a Jack Daniels sauce was placed in the middle of our table with five spoons. Seconds later the only thing heard at our table were moans and sighs of pleasure as the rich custard-y warmth hit our tongues and then the smoky sweet flavor of the sauce hit our brains. It really was that good. Thank you John.
The only downside to this Happy Hour is it’s only ninety minutes long. After 6 pm the food goes up to $12.00 and the drinks rise by a dollar. All in all not horrible but for ninety minutes I get to enjoy all Ruth’s Cris has to offer and still have cash left over. I call it a win win situation.