The first Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened in New Orleans in 1965, and they now boast 125 worldwide locations, two of which are in Mexico – Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. Ruth’s Chris was recently voted the #1 Steak House Chain in America by National Restaurant News, and their Cabo San Lucas restaurant holds a similarly elevated position locally by dint of a privileged marina location at Puerto Paraiso, a superbly trained staff, and the best New York Strip in Baja California Sur. All of which, by the way, they were ready and able to demonstrate during the 1er Festival de la Carne y el Vino (First Annual Festival of Meat and Wine), in which they participated earlier this month.
The festival was an extremely professional bit of brand promotion aimed at the chefs, foodies, and restaurant reviewers of Los Cabos, and emphasized local restaurants and wineries. Ruth’s Chris showcased their superior cuts of meat (which they import from the United States), and the lovely selection of Mexican and South American wines that round out their internationally representative wine list. Standouts included the Carmen Sauvigon Blanc Gran Reserva 2010 from Leyda Valley in Chile (a straw-gold beauty with lovely tropical fruit notes, bright acidity, and a slight touch of petillance), as well as Chardonnay and Petite Sirah from L.A. Cetto, a benchmark producer in Baja Norte’s Valle de Guadelupe. Ruth’s Chris staged separate presentations for 60 area chefs, the local culinary academy, a collection of resort concierges, and Cabo’s journalistic ranks.
But the focus and the unquestioned star at any Ruth’s Chris dinner or presentation is always the steak. Signature entree cuts include the Filet, Petite Filet, Ribeye, Cowboy Ribeye, Porterhouse, T-bone, and New York Strip. In Cabo, an area renowned for its fresh local seafood, the Lobster Tail, Barbecued Shrimp, and Blackened Tuna are also popular options. Other restaurants in the Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group include Mitchell’s Steakhouse, Cameron’s Steak House, Mitchell’s Fish Market, and Columbus Fish Market.