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Restaurant Rater spinwdc is a writer after my own heart: quick to dismiss giant chains, but just as quick to pass along the praise when warranted. Check out this quick take on Ruth’s Chris Steak House near Dupont Circle:

I have passed by Ruth’s Chris Steak House for years and just scoff at the place…all the tourists eating mediocre and overpriced food. A friend had a gift certificate, so he invited me to join him for dinner. I was blown away! They offer a three-course meal for $39, which was a great deal. Each course was perfectly prepared.