NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Earnings season has been filled with disappointments in the restaurant industry, most recently from the likes of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Starbucks (SBUX). But there's one steady performer that seems to go unnoticed on Wall Street.I suspect this is all about to change. If you have never heard of Ruth's Hospitality Group ( RUTH), I feel sorry for you because you are probably still searching for that perfect steak. You have also probably missed one of the best stock performances of the year; RUTH is currently up 35% with no meaningful signs of slowing down. The company that operates popular Ruth's Chris Steakhouses across the nation, among other restaurants, is not only the talk of many towns when people recommend a great dining experience. This weekend it also became the talk of my household because the experience likely saved my marriage.
The manager said, "Follow me." I took my wife's hand, and we walked to the bar. He introduced us to the bartender, Brian, who created an intimate setting for us and took our drink orders. Minutes later the appetizer appeared. By then, three other members of the wait staff had asked if we needed anything. Half way through our appetizer, Christopher re-appeared and said we would be welcome to take a booth that would soon become available. By then, we had forgotten we were at the bar -- and I think my wife had forgotten she was angry with me. Meanwhile, the entertaining Brian suggested that the treatment we were getting meant the manager had either "screwed up royally" or my wife and I were special people. We went with the latter and joked about it. Brian proceeded to take our salad and entrée orders. As we started eating our salads, the manager asked if we would like to take the booth. I said we were having a great time at the bar and would hate to leave Brian. But he insisted jokingly that we enjoy the booth. There, were met by two other staff members, who seated us and brought our salads from the bar to our perfectly lit booth. Minutes later our entrées arrived on steaming hot plates. I had the filet mignon and my wife had the salmon. Throughout the meal, someone stopped by to check up on us every 10 minutes or so. Remarkably, each time it seems as if it was a different person.