Best franchised steak house

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  1. b1513
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    What is your favorite franchised steak house? Ruth's Chris for me with Capital Grille coming in second with a great bar scene.
     
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    My vote goes to Capital Grille. Ruth's Chris is a close second.
    Opinion is likely influenced by the fact that there is a Ruth's Chris where I live but no Capital Grille.
     
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    My vote would be Capital Grill. I have never liked Ruth's Chris.
     
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    It's the butter that I like at Ruth's.
     
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    Ruth's Chris is pretty good actually, with consistent service. I like the one in Kowloon for example.
     
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    Although I'm not sure if they are actually franchised, they are a chain of some description. Smith & Wollensky. Been to New York, Las Vegas, and New Orleans and never disappointed.
     
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    They're in Philly too.
     
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    I've only been to Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris, and Mortons. I was not impressed by Morton's at all. The beef had no special flavor.
    Capital Grille is #1 for me in terms of food and experience. Ruth's Chris was kinda snooty to me, but has good steak.
     
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    Two things I don't get about Ruth's Chris (besides the weird name):

    1 - They serve the steaks on plates so hot, 'rare' becomes 'well done' by the time you finish.

    2 - No grass fed beef.
     
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    I was wondering if they were considered a franchise or not.
     
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    I doubt if I ever go back to Mortons. I have been disappointed in three or four different cities. Ruth's Chris is pretty good but I did have a bad experience in LAS once with some frequent travelers some of which are represented here at MilePoint.

    I will go cheap....Texas Roadhouse....definitely for the money the best.
     
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    Capital Grille is absolutely amazing. Much superior to Ruth's Chris, IMO.
     
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    This is from memory so it might not be exactly right.

    In New Orleans there was a restaurant called Chris Steakhouse. Ruth bought it with the terms that it could keep that name as long as it was in that location and in that building. It burned down and was moved a little distance away but she couldn't keep the name anymore. So, she just stuck the possessive "Ruth's" on the front of it.
     
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    Thanks.

    So was there also a JR burger restaurant, and a guy named Carl bought it?
     
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    Thanks again! You're a regular Cecil Adams.
     
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    Had to look him up. :)
     
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    I've had mixed experiences at all the named chains except Texas Roadhouse, which consistently meets expectations - a decent meal for the price. I don't care for the Ruth's Chris schtick - agree with schnitzel in that a steak has to be essentially raw to survive the sizzling buttery platter treatment. Morton's and Capital are usually fine. Fleming's is generally mediocre. The only really good thing I found at S&W was the 2.5-lb-plus pork shank.
     
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    I think Ruth Chris is named for the oringinal owner. I also seem to remember the first restaurant was in New Orleans. Anyone know for sure?
     
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    Keg Steakhouse - All over Western Canada and North Western USA
     
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    Keg is good, eaten at one near YYZ several times.

    In US, like Flemings steakhouse, pretty darn good.
     
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    Waffle House
     

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