Review: Back to Ringside Steakhouse

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In the early 90's, I had my first dinner at Ringside, yet I remember the night like it was yesterday. It was a cool, crisp winter evening. I wanted to impress a date, and knowing nothing about the Portland food scene, was told it would be a safe bet. Going inside was like stepping into a steakhouse circa 1960. It was … [Read more...]

Review: Morton’s The Steakhouse

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I hadn’t been to Morton’s in at least eight years when I pulled up to the valet a few weeks ago. The last time my experience had been pretty good. On this warm Thursday evening, I was expecting a meal that would be close to the quality of El Gaucho. Morton’s was founded in 1978 by Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch. … [Read more...]

Review: El Gaucho Steakhouse

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To many, El Gaucho epitomizes what a steakhouse should be. It feels sophisticated. The atmosphere is formal, the lighting dim and romantic, and lots of dark wood provides a backdrop to tinkling stemware and white linens. Live jazz wafts from the background as tuxedo-clad waiters scurry by with carts for tableside … [Read more...]

Review: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

1.3.14 - Note: Since this review was completed, the restaurant moved to a new space on SW Broadway. It is decidedly more upscale, with a darker, clubby feel. The bar area is quite nice, and the happy hour food is surprisingly good - and only $7 for many food items and drinks. I had a steak sandwich there yesterday, and … [Read more...]

The Steakhouse Showdown!

A friend called me a few weeks ago. "My boss is coming into town, and I need to take him to a steakhouse. Which one is the best?" I paused and thought about it. I really had no idea. I've heard good things about several, but as a dedicated gourmand, I don't really eat a lot of steak, and I certainly don't eat at … [Read more...]