Ruth’s Family Restaurant

Diner | Meat-and-Three
Worth a return

For decades now, locals have flocked to Ruth’s for breakfast. It is served all day (until 2:30pm closing), and it is pretty darn good. There is genuine country ham — chewy, salty, and profoundly flavorful — accompanied by biscuits that are hefty fellas but nice to eat despite their density, and a fine sop for sausage gravy. Eggs are cooked with a savvy hand, but grits are nothing more than a perfunctory grain. My favorite breakfast actually is catfish — an extraordinarily moist fillet, arriving in a falling-apart jacket of brightly seasoned batter.

It is is also possible to have catfish as the anchor of a meat-and-two lunch. Other everyday lunches are such diner standards as liver and onions, country-fried steak, fried chicken, and hamburgers along with a selection from at least a dozen vegetables. Among the veggies, I recommend candied yams (if you like really sweet, highly-spiced ones), rutabagas, fried okra, and pork-laced blackeyed peas.

If you are a fancier of comfort food, have chicken and dumplings when it is available as a daily special. It is as homey a dish as can be — tender pieces of chicken and fluffy ribbons of dough in aromatic white sauce. It is bland as served, but generous sprinkles of salt and pepper bring forth blissful chicken savor.

Even if you come for breakfast, do consider dessert. Cakes, puddings, and cobblers all are made by either Ruth’s waitresses or the waitresses’ mothers and they are church-bakesale-good. Speaking of waitresses, the crew here is an essential part of the Ruth’s experience. All seem like veterans — quick, able, and helpful — and they regularly josh with regular customers who have been coming to Ruth’s since there actually was a Ruth, long ago. When I first stopped in, I knew I was in my kind of place when the waitress reminded me that it would be wrong to have warm blackberry cobbler without a scoop of ice cream melting on top.

What to Eat
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry cobbler is the creation of a Ruth's waitress named Diana.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Lemon Cake
Lemon Cake
Four-layer lemon cake is very sweet, a little tart, and oh-so-homey.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Blackeyed Peas
Blackeyed Peas
Plenty of pork makes blackeyed peas a luxury indulgence.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Catfish
Catfish: tender, moist, and barely encased in seasoned crust.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Country Ham Breakfast
Country Ham Breakfast
Country ham is chewy, salty, and big flavored.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
There's good texture variety in mild mac 'n' cheese.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens are one of a dozen vegetables available every day.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings is mild-mannered comfort food.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Lima Beans
Lima Beans
Bacon does not rescue lima beans from their torpor.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Add a marshmallow, and Ruth's sweet potato casserole could be dessert.
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Liver & Onions
Liver & Onions
Diner-delight liver & onions: on the menu every day
Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding
Dense bread pudding is awash in high-proof syrup.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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