Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Ruth's Chris Steak House Restaurant Review: Although the Valley is awash in high-end steakhouses these days, this Louisiana-based chain retains its loyal following year in and year out, thanks to its subtle decor, feel-good ambiance and corn-fed, custom-aged steaks. Understanding the old salesman's saw about selling the sizzle, not the steak, Ruth's Chris promotes both---broiling its juicy USDA prime cuts at 1800 degrees, topping them with pats of butter and serving them sizzling hot on 500-degree plates. With all that snap, crackle and pop going on---not to mention the aromas wafting up from the plates---customer response is generally Pavlovian. For those who can't comprehend such baldly carnivorous cravings, there's lobster, ahi tuna, stuffed chicken and a vegetarian portobello stack. Meanwhile, generously portioned sides such as potatoes au gratin and broccoli with hollandaise are best shared, the better to save room for outrageously good caramelized banana cream pie or espresso-licked chocolate sin cake. Perched on the second floor of the Scottsdale Seville shopping center, this comfortable spot offers mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows. But in good weather, a table on the luxuriously furnished terrace is the best (and most romantic) place to be.