Anyone know what happened to Big Mike's? It's been gone for, I don't know, at least a few weeks. I've done a topic search on timesdaily.com, but received no hits. Just wondering if the razing of the building had anything to do with the fire they had a couple of months back, and when (or if) they plan to rebuild and reopen? Thanks in advance for any info.

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Wow. 7 hours to come up with a response and that's the best you can do. Your parents must be so proud. Now run along, little fella. Your ignorance is showing and the grownups would like to have a serious discussion now.

I had hoped to get some information, and still hold that hope, as I know the previous poster is the exception, not the rule, of folks around here. Any REAL information would be appreciated.
I am sure the building was torn down because of the fire, and I asked someone once who said they did plan to rebuild but I cant recall as to when. I also had the opportunity to have breakfast with the owner of Jonathans Steakhouse in Russellville who said he was going to put in a restaurant near the same area of Second St.
I have eaten at the Texas Roadhouse several times and rate them about like Logan Roadhouse. TR in my opinion is too loud and service is a little slow. The last two times at TR they have failed the lemon test. That is where I ask for extra lemon for my tea to see if the waiter/waitress is listening to what I'm ordering.
Both TR & Logan can be rated as consistently mediocre IMHO. Roll Eyes
I would have to agree on Oh Bryans being great. TR and Logans are just chain places that don't put any hometown or special feeling in their service. TR failed the first time and I haven't been back. Logans is just on the passing so I don't make a special trip across the river just to eat there.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Pitbo$$:
I have eaten at the Texas Roadhouse several times and rate them about like Logan Roadhouse.

I agree, who wants to feel like they are at a square dance to get a good steak. I drive to outback vs Logans or TR, food is as good or better and the same price. I think Dales has good food and is an ok atmosphere. I liked the Marriot but didnt think the food was all that great and it was kind of expensive. Can anyone report on Legends?
I had to be in Vegas to work a trade show recently and my boss took us to Ruth's Chris Steak House. It's expensive, but I didn't know steak could taste that good. It was unbelievable. So was everything else I had, including creme brulee (YUM). I just found out they opened one in Huntsville the end of October. My husband doesn't know it yet, but that will be my present from him for birthday, Christmas, anniversary, whatever.
I second Ruth's Cris Steakhouse. I took my wife there (in KC, MO) for her birthday.

There is a saying: you get what you pay for. You most certainly do at Ruth's Cris Steakhouse. If you ever get a chance, even 1 time, try it...but be prepared to have a fat wallet or a large credit card limit or debit card limit.....cost us, this is 2 people here, for drink, food, and desert: over $100.00, but BOY, was it worth it....
WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD CHECK THE FORUM SECTION OUT FOR OURSELVES TO READ WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIG MIKES. WE ARE REBUILDING AND WE HOPE TO BE BACK IN BUSINESS AROUND MARCH OR APRIL IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL. WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES OURSELVES, SO I THOUGHT I WOULD REPLY ON MY OWN. WE ARE REBUILDING IN THE SAME SPOT, NO BIGGER JUST MAYBE BETTER! BRINGING THOSE GREAT HUSHPUPPIES TO YOU SOON!
OWNERS DON & TRELLA PATTERSON
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Originally posted by _Joy_:
I had to be in Vegas to work a trade show recently and my boss took us to Ruth's Chris Steak House. It's expensive, but I didn't know steak could taste that good. It was unbelievable. So was everything else I had, including creme brulee (YUM). I just found out they opened one in Huntsville the end of October. My husband doesn't know it yet, but that will be my present from him for birthday, Christmas, anniversary, whatever.


Where is the Ruth's Chris located in Huntsville? That is a short drive for the quality of food, services and surroundings that Ruth's offers. I have ate at Ruth's Chris all over the country and they are way up the scale.
I have eaten at the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans. The experiences at each of them were outstanding. While the prices are high, the portions are generous. Everything is Ala Cart, so my wife & I order the steaks we like and then split the side items. Still, with tip and drinks your looking at the $100 mark. Can't go there every Saturday night, but for special occasions, it is the place to go.
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Originally posted by _Joy_:"It's downtown next to Von Braun Center. I haven't gone to the one in Huntsville. Here's their website with more info.


Ruth's Chris is BRAND NEW in Huntsville.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
800 Monroe St. in the Embassy Suites.
539-7373. Reviewed Nov. 23.

Truly extravagant dining has arrived in Huntsville. This is fine dining with a tradition that dates to the mid-1960s in New Orleans. Expect to pay a steep price for mouthwatering steaks and succulent seafood. Everything is a la carte, but side dishes are enough to share. Lunch is equally exciting for much less money.

Here's the review in the Huntsville Times:



Ruth's Chris: Splurging has never tasted so good
Thursday, November 23, 2006
By MIKE KAYLOR
Huntsville Times Nightlife Columnist

mike.kaylor@htimes.com

Crab cakes for an appetizer: $16.95. Ruth's chop salad: $7.25. A bone-in ribeye with sweet-potato casserole: $37.95 and $7.25. Banana cream pie: $7.95.

Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House: priceless.

Add a 15 to 20 percent tip to the meal above, and the tab creeps to nearly $100. Add a $2.95 cup of coffee, a $4.95 bottle of Pelegrino sparkling water or $11 glass of house Merlot, and you've topped the century mark.

Dinner in Huntsville has never been this extravagant. Ruth's Chris is the most lavish dining experience since the Rib Cellar of the 1970s.

This is no meager gourmet meal, though. It is a bold dinner for a man-sized appetite. Don't be embarrassed about taking home leftovers.

Ruth's Chris traces its roots to New Orleans in 1965, when Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home to buy Chris Steak House on North Broad Street. The restaurant began franchising in 1977 and spreading across America and into nine foreign countries. The Huntsville location opened last month in downtown's new Embassy Suites hotel.

In its fourth week, Ruth's Chris is booked virtually every evening. Anyone hoping for a dinner reservation Thursday through Sunday needs to call before Tuesday. Further pressing the kitchen staff is the fact that Ruth's Chris also handles the hotel's room service.

What makes this new restaurant so popular? Take a look at a few intriguing selections.

Crabtini is a martini glass filled with lump crab meat that tickles taste buds. It's like a variation on shrimp cocktail but tossed in a tangy vinaigrette and then highlighted with Creole remoulade. It's pricey at $14.95, but this is a restaurant for splurging.

Among soups is a meaty Louisiana seafood gumbo for $7.50 and spicy lobster bisque for $8.75. If you plan to order a salad, skip the appetizers.

Don't miss Ruth's chop salad. It is delectable in both appearance and flavor. Shredded lettuce is molded into a tower topped with fried onions. The dressing has an intriguing bleu cheese-lemon flavor. Price is $7.25.

Steaks are the specialty at Ruth's Chris, and they range in price from $28.95 for a petite filet to $41.95 for a T-bone. Special toppings, such as crab cakes or sauces, cost extra, as do side dishes. But lower-priced entres are available - stuffed chicken or pork chop, salmon for $23.95 or sauted shrimp for $26.95.

Potato and vegetable side dishes cost $6.50 to $8.95, but they are enough for three to share. The sweet-potato casserole is heavenly - a pecan-crusted dish, sweet and with a hint of vanilla. Share it only if you must; it's that good. The price is $7.25.

The creamed spinach and asparagus with hollandaise are healthy choices and cost $6.75 and $8.95, respectively.

Dessert is another highlight, ranging in price from $6.75 for pecan pie to $7.95 for a delicious caramelized banana cream pie. And creme brule for $7.25 is always a good choice.

Ruth's Chris is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with scaled-down prices. The daytime menu offers nearly a dozen sandwiches and salads priced from $9.95 to $16.95. Luncheon steaks cost up to $26.95, but the restaurant serves country-fried steak or salmon fillet for $13.95, shrimp and andouille pasta for $14.95 and chicken piccata for $12.95.

The restaurant takes up about half of the main-floor lobby of the Embassy Suites and as its only restaurant is fitting for casual comfort or formal affairs. It's an opportunity for lavishing by night or pampering by day.
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Originally posted by moelarrycheez:
Wow. 7 hours to come up with a response and that's the best you can do. Your parents must be so proud. Now run along, little fella. Your ignorance is showing and the grownups would like to have a serious discussion now.

I had hoped to get some information, and still hold that hope, as I know the previous poster is the exception, not the rule, of folks around here. Any REAL information would be appreciated.

I'm from m.s.c. & i have a feeling Big Mike's won't be back.There is a new business called "JONATHAN'S STEAK HOUSE",on the other side of woodward,on second st.,that I have a feeling will keep the owner of Big Mike's from rebuilding.The new place is in the same building that"BARNACLE BILL'S was in.I,personally haven't eaten there,but,I have heard alot of good things about their food.Word is,it's alot cleaner that Big Mike's was.I intend to go see for myself this coming up weekend.I'll see you back on Mon.night with a scorecard..lol Big Grin
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Originally posted by moelarrycheez:
Wow. 7 hours to come up with a response and that's the best you can do. Your parents must be so proud. Now run along, little fella. Your ignorance is showing and the grownups would like to have a serious discussion now.

I had hoped to get some information, and still hold that hope, as I know the previous poster is the exception, not the rule, of folks around here. Any REAL information would be appreciated.


Actually, reading the first 2 comments here was just disgusting that people talk to each other they don't know that way.

Big Mikes Burned, and they are rebuilding... in Muscle Shoals, and personally, I can't wait til they open Smiler
In talking with one of their former owners the other day, she told me that they were going to rebuild and open back up... They KNOW they have a good thing going on, made loads of money, and they are going to put it back JUST the way they want it... a lot of it is still in the planning stage,... I know I will be one of their first customers... BEST salad bar in town!!!

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