If I had to describe Ritual in one word, I would choose cozy.
Its dim lighting sets the atmosphere for relaxing, but the open windows allow the sun to light up the space before it sets. Neutral colors mute the space, while the chairs, a leafy green, give it a pop of color.
Ritual, like all of Delicious Concepts Restaurant Group’s businesses, utilizes the app Roovy, which was developed by owner Ken Bridge.
Patrons order and pay through the app, though there is a server who checks in and makes sure everything is going smoothly. This is my second experience at a restaurant using Roovy, and much like the first time, I had no problems using it.
However, I will say that because Ritual is a nicer restaurant, with higher prices on its menu, using an app to order felt odd, like something was missing.
To start off my meal I ordered the wedge salad and fried pickles. The latter was off the happy hour menu, and while they didn’t really go with the rest of my meal, I craved them the moment I saw them on the menu. They didn’t disappoint.
The wedge salad was more like four mini-wedge salads with cherry tomatoes, bacon and hard-boiled eggs with a side of avocado ranch dressing. My favorite thing about wedge salads is the crunch that comes from biting into a stack of lettuce. The toppings were good, but what made it better was the avocado ranch, which was smooth and creamy.
The fried pickles were wedges and the breading was thick. The pickles themselves were sweeter than expected, which in combination with the fried outer layer, made for a great appetizer.
From the “Butcher Room” section of the menu I picked out my dinner, the 8-ounce filet mignon. I ordered it to be prepared medium. I also added a side of asparagus.
The steak was red in the middle, and got pinker towards the edges. The top and bottom of the meat had a nice crust that tasted strongly of butter, garlic and salt. The meat was tender and almost like butter in my mouth. The natural beef taste with the coating on the crust tasted delicious.
The asparagus came with a light garlicy sauce melted on the bottom of the plate. The stalks weren’t too soft, leaving just enough crunch. I still don’t know how I feel about paying $9 for five pieces of asparagus, though.
I was also able to try my dinner companion’s green beans, and I really loved those. On the menu they are called Southern Stewed Green Beans and they tasted like they were saturated in rich flavors, like a smoked meat.
Ritual made for a great dinner and would be perfect for a date night or special occasion.
Address: 602 Studewood St.
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Filet Mignon