When your wallet isn’t feeling too hot, your options for dining out quickly diminish. So when we got the offer to try Ruth’s Chris’ new happy hour menu for seven dollars or less, they had our interest. Named the “Sizzle Swizzle Swirl” (say that three times fast), the items range from smoked salmon to crab BLT sandwiches with zucchini fries (yum). We were also able to try out “Sides-To-Go,” classic holiday options for a potluck or family dinner and available for $30 each until the end of December. Check out the eats below.
The first thing up was a salmon dish paired with bread — a tasty combination that satisfied. The salmon was tastier than expected and when paired with the bread, made for an addicting combo. Among all the items, this one has the most “can’t put down” factor.
Crab BLT with Zucchini Fries
This fresh BLT adds a hefty serving of crab to your typical BLT. The sandwich contrasted well with the zucchini fries and dip so sweet that if nobody was there to judge us, we would have downed an entire bottle of it. Zucchini, while not my favorite vegetable (because vegetables), was exactly what was needed at the center of these fries. Warm and crunchy, these fries stuff you quick. Ruth’s Chris wasn’t playing around.
Sweet Potato Casserole
I was previously told that the Sweet Potato Casserole tasted like candy. One bite in and the decadently sweet flavor took over my palate. The top crust featured a cinnamon taste, while the inside sweet potato packed the claimed candy flavor.
The second of the Sides to Go, the cream spinach gives you that “mothers specialty” vibe. Eating it conjures images of childhood meals, home and warmth.
The evening was concluded by a tall glass of Grand Marnier Cognac Brandy, a solid, clean taste to end the night’s festivities.
Islands Restaurants, the restaurant chain known for its Hawaiian-inspired burgers and beachy decor, recently announced its Football Happy Hour Menu that includes new items like the pineapple-topped Hawaiian Sliders and the Makaha Maggie, a pineapple-infused tequila cocktail with Grand Marnier, Lemon-Lime Juice, Crushed Pineapple, Agave Nectar and a Cinnamon Sugar Rim.
Classic starter items round out the happy hour menu including the Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cheddar Fries, Classic Quesadilla, Buffalo Wings and more. The best part? Nothing on the menu will run you over seven bucks, with the majority of food coming in under five. Naturally, we combined the sliders, artichoke dip and cheddar fries because #foodbeast (pictured above). Check out the photos of the new menu below.
The time has come again for you to load up on icy, sugary goodness for half the price! Up until May 12, Starbucks invites you to come in between 3 pm and 5 pm to swoop up your favorite frappuccino at half-off.
Alongside this promotion, Starbucks launches the new Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.
We love the “Happy Hour” trend happening among major fast food chains (here’s looking at you, Taco Bell). We especially dig it when we can get mo’ caffeine in us at the half the price. We just have one burning question, Starbucks: What the hell is a “Sip Face“?!
When one of the largest luxury steak companies in the world — Ruth’s Chris Steak House — announces a happy hour, eyebrows perk up and frugal eaters come out of the woodworks. What does that mean? Cue Foodbeast visiting their local Ruth’s Chris location and trying every last thing on the newly introduced $7 Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Menu.
The normally out-of-our-price-range steakhouse crafted a bar-specific happy hour of seven food items and a drink menu mixed drinks, wines and select beer all priced at an extremely affordable seven dollars. In a nutshell — you can ball out, on a budget.
Upon hearing about the chain’s new happy hour menu, which is available Monday through Friday, 4:30 – 7 pm (varies from location to location, hit the website for full details), we stopped by our participating local Irvine, CA location to see if it was worthy of a fuss. You heard it here first, the menu is worthy of a fuss.
The selection of food items stand their ground as filling dishes, making the $7 price tag for their USDA Prime Burger with Fries or their Three Petite Prime Burger Sliders a deal that would make you question why you’d eat a fast food burger and fries for a similar price, when you can get the mouthwatering experience of dining in for a similar check total?
The best approach to the Ruth’s Chris happy hour is going in with a group of friends, getting a few different dishes, and getting a steady stream of variety throughout your dinner. You’ll get to taste everything, and if divided evenly, you’ll end up with a very reasonable bill.
Here’s a look at what we tried during our visit:
Seared Ahi Tuna
The Seared Ahi Tuna dish was spectacular, I would recommend ordering this in conjunction with the Prime Sliders, because once you’re done with the Seared Ahi Tuna dish, you’ll be able to dunk the sliders into the left over ‘spirited sauce’ at the bottom of the dish.
Remember those sliders I mentioned you should order alongside the Seared Ahi Tuna? These are them. For $7 you get a plate of three, fist-sized sliders, meat cooked to perfection, buns glistening, and oozing of deliciousness. They have absolutely no fixings, and that’s how they should be served. ‘Natural Pretentiousness’ aside, these three sliders are filling enough to stand on their own, much like the other elements of this new happy hour.
They don’t need ketchup or any other condiments, but if you’re so inclined, dunk them in the pool of sauce left over from your Seared Ahi Tuna dish. YOLO, right?
USDA Prime Burger with Fries
We’re not going to get into a discussion of “the best burger around,” because that’s asinine. What we can tell you is that you get an extremely generous sized burger that melts in your mouth, it’s made of USDA prime beef, ground up, served on an egg brioche bun. Side of fries. Try to find a burger this size, this quality, with a side of fries, for $7. Good luck!
One the menu’s most popular items is a small dish of lightly fried lobster with a sriracha mayonnaise sauce. Great flavors and beautiful presentation. As expected with lobster, the portion falls relatively short of the other dishes, but it’s a great item to order and put in the middle of the table for everyone to get a quick nibble.
These skewers are grilled and served with sesame soy sauce and lay on a bed of spring greens. Each order will net you four multiple-bite pieces of meat, and are perfect representations of what the Ruth’s brand is about, quality cuts of meat, cooked well and presented fashionably.
Steak Sandwich with Fries
During our happy hour expedition, the General Manager of the Irvine location, Todd Lounsbury, explained their Steak Sandwich with Fries as if he was describing his first born child. The sandwich features a generous portion of thinly sliced filet mignon, topped with béarnaise sauce, and served with the restaurant’s handcut fries. Lounsbury assures you won’t find a similar sandwich, of similar quality, with similar atmosphere, at this price, anywhere else. To our knowledge, we have to agree.
Their drink menu was also on point, everything from Classic Cosmos and Pomegranate Martinis, to our Foodbeast favorite, a Moscow Mule, a drink consisting of Smirnoff, Canton Ginger Liqueur, fresh lime juice and a splash of ginger Ale.
Below are photos of some of the delicious drinks we downed during our Happy Hour visit. The entire experience is one we recommend. Read up on the menu items available, the locations participating, and get down to your local Ruth’s Chris location to enjoy the festivities like we did:
Currently one of largest luxury steak companies in the world, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is often regarded as an upscale fine dining establishment with price points that usually deter those who are pinching pennies. Been wanting to visit a Ruth’s Chris location, but your rich uncle hasn’t been around? The 100+ location chain has just announced a “Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour” menu for just such a demographic.
Available Monday – Friday at the restaurant bar, the menu offers up 16+ items with a $7 price tag. Imagine a $7 USDA Prime Burger with Fries, Spicy Lobster, New England Lobster Roll with Fries, and a host mixed drinks and select beer to wash it all down with.
The Happy Hour menu is also available on Sunday at participating locations. According to NRN, the “Happy Hour times and days vary by region, with East Coast locations offering the promotion 4:30-7 p.m., Sunday through Friday; Midwest, Southwest and Southern California units offering them 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and Northern California and Pacific Northwest restaurants scheduling them 4-7 p.m.”
$7 Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Menu
Monday – Friday* Available at the bar.
Prime Burger with Fries
USDA Prime Burger
Grilled and served with sesame soy sauce over spring greens
New England Lobster Roll With Fries*
Lobster meat lightly tossed in mayonnaise on a butter-grilled bun
Three petite prime burgers
Steak Sandwich with Fries
Sliced filet prepared with bearnaise sauce
Seared Ahi Tuna
Slices of seared Ahi tuna perfectly complemented by a spirited sauce
Lightly fried and tossed in a spicy cream sauce
Swizzle & Swirl
Smirnoff, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice
Smirnoff, Cointreau, Pomegranate, Cranberry Juice, Finished with a Sugar Rim
Jim Beam, Sweet Vermouth, Southern Comfort, Gourmet Luxardo Cherry
Smirnoff, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice, Splash of Ginger Ale
Jose Cuervo, Triple Sec, Freshly Squeezed Lime and Orange Juice
Hayes Ranch Chardonnay
Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot
Wily Jack Cabernet Sauvignon
*Available Sunday in participating locations. Lobster Roll only available in participating locations.
I’m not quite sure how long P.F. Chang’s has been running this Happy Hour special, but let me tell you that I am now a huge fan, not that I wasn’t a fan of theirs beforehand. I had the sweet & sour chicken, chicken lettuce cups and crab wantons and the coup de grace was the $2 PBR which you can see after the jump. I also included a list of the rest of the happy hour menu so you can check it out for yourself.