The other day, as I was headed home from the hospital (for pre-admission testing…but that’s a whole other post), I spotted Ruby’s Diner. I made a beeline for this heavenly restaurant…and allow me to tell you why.
I initially happened upon Ruby’s Diner months ago, purely by luck, and couldn’t resist giving this retro diner a try. I am a sucker for diners and if you add some retro charm, I am sold! Since my initial visit, I discovered another Ruby’s Diner while with my brother and he became just as enamored with Ruby as I was.
For the most part, the Ruby’s Diner menu is stuffed with burgers. Burgers, burgers, burgers…yum. Now, granted, I hardly ever can (or do) eat like this due to GI issues, but I was struggling with the whole “woe is me, I’m about to have surgery” thing, so I was in no mood to stick to my very bland and consistently boring diet. Ruby’s Diner would definitely have the cure for what ailed me. (Well, not technically, but the cliche is perfect.)
I ordered the Guacamole Burger, which also boasts two slices of Swiss cheese. I was torn between this and the Bleus Burger (I love bleu cheese and guacamole equally, so it’s quite a conflict), but the waitress recommended the Guacamole Burger. Decision reached. W ordered the BBQ Burger, which looked like this…
OMG! Do you see that burger? The burgers at Ruby’s Diner are served inside a wrapper, thankfully, so that it catches all the droppings and drippings, of which there are many. It also helps keep your sandwich together while also keeping you clean. As you can see on the bottom of the burger, the burgers also feature the secret Ruby’s sauce, which is de-lish.
And their fries? Perfection. Seriously. And, at Ruby’s Diner, you get unlimited refills of fries — although we’ve never been able to eat more than what was on our plate! Now, there’s something so “American pie” about a burger, fries, and a milkshake…but I simply can’t manage all that. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to, though, because their milkshakes are simply divine…
When my brother and I went to Ruby’s Diner about six months ago, we did get a milkshake…and it was served in a tall glass, along with the metal milkshake cup that contained the remainder of our milkshake. Holy moly. Spectacular but just a tad overwhelming, if you’re indulging in Ruby’s very tempting offerings.
But there’s more to the Ruby’s Diner experience than the food — although the food is an awful big part. (My brother said it was the best burger he’d had, and he takes his food seriously.) There’s the decor, which is reminiscent of a 1940s diner. I absolutely love it.
See what I mean? The folks at Ruby’s pay attention to every detail, down to the gleaming chrome, the lighting, the paper hats…you name it. Sure, it’s full of artifacts and memorabilia — and the right music — to give the feeling of a 1940s diner…like this:
How cool is that? This Ruby’s Diner has another bike on the other side, and you can see the motorized train that goes around the diner on the track that is suspended from the ceiling…
Everything about Ruby’s Diner is just…right. The service is quick and courteous, the food is delicious (with ample servings), the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is like a stroll down memory lane (well, not in my memories, but I watch movies and read books, so I can relate). This place is a slice of heaven.
Of course, that was the intention of Doug Cavanaugh and Ralph Kosmides, the guys behind Ruby’s Diner. Ruby, by the way, is the name of Cavanaugh’s mother. From what I’ve seen, they have not strayed from their motto: “Only the best for our guest!”
Each Ruby’s Diner features the same basics — the red booths with white formica tables, the soda fountains, and the 1940s-era eye-catching poster art — but many of the locations have added special touches to reflect the personality, if you will, of the community where they’re located.
The only thing “wrong” with Ruby’s Diner is that not everyone can enjoy it — yet. At present, Ruby’s Diners are only located in California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania (yay!), and Texas. If you don’t have a Ruby’s Diner near you, hopefully you will soon. Then you can enjoy one of their delicious burgers for yourself.
I was not compensated for writing this post. I just wanted to share the awesomeness that is Ruby’s Diner.