Ruth's Chris Steak House
1185 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
Hours: Roseville: Dinner: 4-9 p.m. Sunday, 5-9:30 Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 4:30- 10 p.m. Saturday
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The real steal: The "Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl" happy hour offers appetizers such as the spicy lobster, the steak sandwich with fries, or the prime burger with fries for $7 each. Cocktails such as the Moscow Mule (a vodka-ginger beverage) and the Classic Cosmo, as well as select wines by the glass, are also $7, while select beers are $3 each.
The vibe: Mellow music and dim lighting greet you the moment you enter the restaurant, adding to the relaxed elegance of the place. Floor-to-ceiling curtains leave diners with just a glimpse of the Galleria mall outside, while red hanging lamps dangle above the sizable wood and granite bar. An oversize booth is nearby, along with two flat-screen TVs, so patrons can watch sports while they sip. Happy hour applies only in the bar and lounge area. However, if you are coming in for dinner, there are white-linen-covered tables and booths available.
Signature drinks: The Ruth's Manhattan is a twist on the classic cocktail. It's made with Jim Beam, sweet vermouth and Southern Comfort, which smooths out the strong flavor. It's garnished with a gourmet Luxardo maraschino cherry.
The pomegranate martini is another option. Made with Smirnoff, Cointreau, pomegranate, and cranberry juice, this cocktail arrives in a sugar-rimmed glass with an orange peel garnish floating on top of the pink-hued concoction.
Something extra: Visitors always ask: What's up with the restaurant's name? Back in 1965, founder Ruth Fertel bought a New Orleans restaurant called Chris Steak House. As Fertel expanded her company, she decided to add her name, thus Ruth's Chris Steak House. Today the restaurant offers New Orleans-inspired appetizers in its many establishments, as well as some side dishes that were created from Fertel's original recipes. (In addition to the Roseville location, there's also a Ruth's Chris at 501 Pavilions Lane in Sacramento.)
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
1140 Exposition Blvd., Suite 200, Sacramento
(916) 925-8859, www.extremepizza.com
Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The deals: Enjoy $2 10-ounce beers, $3 pints and $11 pitchers during happy hour. There are eight taps, and the list of microbrews which includes offerings like Drake's 1500 pale ale from San Leandro rotates. On Sundays, they offer $2.50 pints and $9 pitchers all day. Food is full price with options such as wings or twisted breadsticks for $4 on average. Pizza is around $20 for their loaded-up larges. They also offer a 12-piece wing and pitcher combo for $15.
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