A Reason to Dress Up | Dinner at Ruth’s Chris

Hey there! This post was sponsored by Ruth’s Chris, but the opinions are entirely my own. 

How many items have you bought while saying any of the following phrases? I can wear it on date night. This would be perfect for girl’s night out. I’ll wear this some time when we have to dress up. 

Okay, okay—perhaps you said them in a more natural, less robotic way, but I know the idea is correct. Say otherwise and I’m calling you a liar, period. We all do it, and I’m ultra- extra- super-guilty. Considering I’ve literally worn everything from high-end fitness apparel to an elf costume to a ballgown with opera gloves in order to properly cover the news for my day job—and they say a journalism degree won’t take you anywhere!—I have a good excuse to buy almost any type of attire. Oddly enough, it’s the sorta-kinda dressy pieces that I rarely wear; my girl’s nights out involve Mean Girls and pre-made cocktails, and Lance and my perfect date doesn’t involve pretty shoes that pinch. Equally weird, it’s the sorta-kinda dressy pieces that I always gravitate toward in the store. But where, oh where, does one wear such outerwear? (Or other forms of clothing, I just wanted to throw ya one more where/wear reference. #sorrynotsorry)

Enter Ruth’s Chris. Tell me a place is known for good steak and I’m 95 percent sold. Show me said place has a ridiculous cocktail menu and baby, I’m there.

Lance and I were recently invited to Ruth’s Chris in downtown St. Louis (one of two STL-area locations) to sample appetizers and entrees, sip on cocktails and enjoy a meal from the new pre-fixe menus. Whether you want to try the meal yourself ($39.95, sans the drinks) or stop by for cocktails and snacks from the Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl menu, this is the place to wear the unworn items you previously labeled as “going-out tops” and left to die in your closet.

Scroll down and get hungry as I recap the evening…

I started the night with a Rum Julius. Yes ma’am, that’s rum, orange and pineapple. Uhm… wow.


Our private dining experience gave us fun peeks at St. Louis’ beloved Gateway Arch. Hello, Arch!


The meal began with salad, like most adult meals should (yet none of mine ever do.) Since we were at a steak house, the salad—ahem, a BLT salad, OMG!—obviously wasn’t all veggies.


Then I was ready for drink No. 2: The Blushing Harlot. Yeah, the name sold me on this one, but the taste kept me coming back for every last drop. There was a serious ‘This is empty?!?’ moment 25 minutes after I took this photo.


Time for the entree! Dinner was a four oz. filet topped with a crabcake, a broiled tomato and a stuffed chicken breast. Yeah. All of that. IT’S INTENSE, FOLKS. Word to the wise: arrive hungry. We sampled both side options; should you go, I fully recommend the ultra-buttery mashed potatoes.


Time for the ‘Dessert Duo,’ which was pretty much delicious butter with a graham cracker crust and a small pot of melted buttery goodness with fruit. Ammmmazing.

…And now I’m hungry. If you are, too, you can:

A) Go to bed hungry without a plan
B) Go to bed hungry with a plan to eat at Ruth’s Chris
C) Go to bed hungry with hopes of eating for free at Ruth’s Chris by entering ALIVE Magazine’s meal-for-four contest
D) All of the above, but eat something first, like cereal

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not going to bed hungry.

Don’t forget! This post was sponsored by Ruth’s Chris, but the thoughts about about this crazy good food are entirely my own. 

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