Now that we have eaten at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Fleming's Steakhouse, and Spencer's Steak and Chops, I have come to a conclusion.
One of my BIGGEST peeves - of which I have a couple - is that I hate restaurants where you have to yell to be heard. One of the others happens when slobs wearing jeans, T-shirts, and old muddy boots walk into a nice restaurant to be seated. These are also the noisy ones. Derelict classless trailer-park escapees, and construction workers out for the evening to spend their week's pay. If I ran a restaurant, especially one into which I had poured a lot of money to manage a reputation and image, I would have a dress code. But that's just me, maybe.
Anyway, the Doffing of my Chapeau goes to Spencer's. I don't know if it's a chain thing or what (both RC's and Fleming's are chains)(and granted, Spencer's is kind of a chain too, but really, it's owned by the hotel chain in which it's located), but the service, atmosphere, and food doesn't match up to the price at the other two restaurants. When we ate at Spencer's for our anniversary, we had a nice corner booth, and as we ordered wine 'n' spirits, the SOMMELIER came over to make sure we had no questions about the (monstrous) wine list, etc. We were served by several people, hand and foot, and it was a great evening. The food was also superior, by a country mile. It was just that good.
And one more comparison: As you may remember, I bought myself some skis for Christmas. It had been several years since I had skied, and I wanted to make sure that when I did finally bite that expensive bullet, that I was going to be able to afford to actually GO skiing once in a while, and that it wouldn't break the bank when I did. So research ensued. The idea of being able to buy individual rides on a lift, as opposed to buying a day pass, was very appealing to me, because there are lots of times when I would be able to run up and ski two or three runs before hitting the office. The times that I would spend an entire day are much fewer. Solitude has such a program, where you can buy a pass that allows you to ride either 10 or 20 times, spread across the entire season if you wish. When you use the last one, you can just buy another pass. That's what I did, and I'm loving the idea of a couple of runs before work, or earlier in the day on a weekend and be free to do other things as well during the rest of the day, without having spent $60 on a day pass.
Way to go, Solitude!!
Sorry, no pictures this time... too busy!!!