Cozy Chophouse with Great Food
Had dinner last Saturday at Ryans on recommendation from a friend, and was delightfully surprised. Located off of Coliseum Dr kind of in a back parking lot, I wasn't sure if I was in the right place, but tucked away in a little nook back towards the woods you will find a hidden gem.
Upon entering Ryans you feel like you have taken a step back a decade. The decor is comforting but reminds me of a cross between a ski cabin and grandma's house; fortunately it works out pretty good. The view is great with panoramic windows overlooking a small valley and wooded area.
Now for the important part, the food! I was nothing short of impressed with pretty much everything that we had ordered at this restaurant. For starters, they bring out two kinds of bread and a butter and cheese spread. The pretzel rolls are AMAZING with the cheese and really wish I could have taken a bunch with me. In addition to the rolls I had ordered a bowl of French Onion soup which had great flavor but not a lot of broth. The majority of the soup was crouton, but it was good either way.
For the main course, I had ordered a 10oz Filet with Steak Butter. It came with a side and I chose the Au Gratin Potatoes on recommendation from the server. It also comes with a salad, which I gave to my girlfriend because I wanted the soup. She had ordered the Chilean Sea Bass with Oriental noodles and Asian Vegetable Medley. The Steak was cooked perfectly and had good flavor in and of itself, the steak butter was kind of bland and would recommend getting it blackened instead. The au gratin potatoes were the only thing less than satisfying. They were a little to tart for my liking, but my girlfriend enjoyed them. Her Chilean sea bass was pretty darn good too. The soy glaze was very flavorful and not too overpowering and it worked great with the noodles and veggies.
Overall the restaurant was a great find and glad I tried it out. I will try it again but may opt to try one of the other items on the very large menu. They have a decent selection of beef cuts, both regular and prime, and a massive house cut of Prime Rib that's about 20oz