131 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
If you dine out frequently, especially for business, this will not be a complete mystery. Plucky Ruth Fertel started the first one in New Orleans more than 50 years ago. (About the name: She bought Chris' Steak House but in relocating after a fire couldn't use that name, thus the addition and reapportioned apostrophe.) On the strength of its sizzling platters of 500-degree filet mignons drizzled with just a bit of butter to truly gild the lily, the concept has grown into an international chain of more than 140 restaurants. St. Petersburg's location is lighter and airier than most, perhaps a reflection of its Florida setting or just a more contemporary spin on the a la carte steak house. One thing each outpost shares is a commitment to tableside service. Feel like sharing the bone-in filet? Your server will slice it up adjacent to your table, plating each portion separately. Hours: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, until 11 p.m.
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