We meet at Ryan's to eat with a group of college friends each year during Wake Forest homecoming weekend. Get a reservation! Every one is always enthusiastic about the food and service. I'm in a "rut," since for two years I've ordered the same thing, steak au poivre with cognac cream sauce. The pecan pie also fell into the "Never Had Any Better" category. Waiter kept his poise even when one of us, a former philosophy student, said, "I still say existence precedes essence."