Have you ever eaten at a restaurant before you got sick, and then linked your illness to the restaurant even if the restaurant had nothing to do with it? Thatís what happened between Ruby Tuesday and me. Several years ago, I ate there with one of my friends. Two hours after eating there, I got sick! Even though I liked eating there, I couldnít bring myself to go back until just recently.
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The Ruby Tuesday here is located inside the mall. There is an entrance from outside the mall, as well as one inside. My mom and I were shopping, and decided to have lunch. I remembered that Ruby Tuesday had great salads, and I thought IĎd give it another try. It was really good, so Iíve gone back a few times.
This particular restaurant isnít very big. There are many tables and booths crammed around the bar. The bar is the center focus of the restaurant. Thereís plenty of room to walk around the bar, but not as much around the dining area. The walls are covered with beer signs and local college football posters. The decorations would remind you somewhat of Applebeeís. They play top 40-type music.
The Salad Bar
Just as I remembered, Ruby Tuesday has a great salad bar. You can get all-you-can-eat salad for $6.99, or with a meal, it is $1.99. The salad bar begins with a huge tub of lettuce, carrots, and cabbage. It continues with most anything you can think of for a salad. Throw in some cottage cheese here, and some cucumbers there. There is a wide variety of salad dressing available, including low fat versions. I like the pasta salads. They have at least 2 different kinds on the bar. They also have tortilla chips and salsa. At the end of the bar, youíll find slices of fruit, such as watermelon, grapes, and pears.
They give you a huge menu when you are seated. The menu is so big that 2 people canít lay their menus on the table at the same time. One menu takes up nearly the whole table. The menu is a big tri-fold. When you open it up, the first thing youíll see is the chocolate tall cake for dessert. This looks fantastic, and Iíve heard it is. I havenít tried it myself. Iím usually too full for dessert. They have a pretty good selection of appetizers. Potato skins, hot wings, quesadillas, and cheese sticks, to name a few. I recently tried their hot wings. They come in 3 variations of hot; mild, hot, and 911. I got the hot version. They were just right for me, and I like íem pretty hot. I guess if youíre a masochist, you might try the 911.
I usually get the fajita quesadillas as my entree. Even though it is listed on the appetizer menu, I can still order the salad bar with it for $1.99. They also have a variety of platters and sandwiches. Iíve noticed a variety of shrimp, steak, and chicken platters. They also serve hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, as well as a few others. My favorite is the turkey BLT. Just as youíd imagine, itís basically a BLT piled high with turkey. You can get half a sandwich with choice of soup or salad. This deal also includes fries for the same price as the whole sandwich plates which are usually about 6.99. If you need to feed little ones, there is a kidsí menu. Most kidsí menus look about the same to me. They have your basic hamburger, chicken tenders, and mac & cheese.
They have a wide variety of drinks. You can get a soft drink, or choose your favorite beer. They also have a big selection of mixed drinks. I keep seeing a table card advertising the strawberry lemonade, but I keep forgetting to order it. It is available with or without spirits. Also in cups, youíll find some desserts. Like I mentioned previously, there is a huge picture of the chocolate tall cake. It looks fabulous. I plan on making a special dessert trip just to order it.
Overall, Ruby Tuesday is not a bad eat. If youíre into salads, itís a great place to go. If youíre into Applebeeís, itís a great place to go. If youíre into TGI Fridayís, Chiliís, or Benniganís, itís still a great place to go!
Last Note - The Title
ďDonít take your love to townĒ is from an old Kenny Rogers song about good olí Ruby herself. This song usually comes to mind when I think of this restaurant. The Rolling Stones song used to come to mind, but not anymore. I don't know why.
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