THE EATBEAT: Salad bar a highlight at Ruby TuesdayRuby Tuesday is a nice place for lunch or dinner during the week. It seems to me a very good spot for brunch or a late afternoon meal Sunday.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
Ruby Tuesday is a nice place for lunch or dinner during the week. It seems to me a very good spot for brunch or a late afternoon meal Sunday.
In the first place, it’s easy to reach right off of 32nd Avenue South, and it has plenty of convenient parking. The staff, dressed professionally in black shirts and trousers, is quick with seating in different sections.
On two recent visits, I was most impressed by the salad bar that has an appealing display of greens, vegetables and variety. The food itself seems well-protected by glass above the food.
And the choices in the salad bar are a notch above the usual array. I filled a plate with assorted greens including broccoli and nice little rounds of tomato. On the side of the plate, I stacked in some choices such as edamame (fresh soybeans) not usually found on salad bars.
I was able to create a pleasing summer meal for $8.99 from the salad bar. And for another couple of dollars, I added two very small hamburgers served just right with condiments — along with fries I didn’t need.
On an earlier visit, I ordered and enjoyed a luncheon special featuring shrimp. My check was the same for both meals, but I resisted ordering what I call a “bathtub” full of soft drink that brings the check up another $2.69. I have a hard time understanding why you can’t get a smaller soft drink.
On the plus side, Ruby Tuesday is an attractive new restaurant building with large windows all around. There are four or five seating areas including the bar section. The salad bar is at the center. The chairs are padded and comfortable. The dinnerware and cloth-like napkins are of good quality. The rest room is attractive and clean.
On the downside, I find the menu difficult to follow. And having two menus is, to me, even more confusing. The servers I have met at Ruby Tuesday are very good. But I have a hard time understanding what the long delay is at the register when you are waiting for your receipt.
Ruby Tuesday has been around since 1972. It was started near the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee. And the name of the restaurant came from the Beatles’ song “Ruby Tuesday.”
Over the years, Ruby Tuesday has grown to a group of 900.
3915 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks
Manager: Scott Humble.
Hours: Opens 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday; closes 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. Opens 9 a.m., closes 10 p.m. Sunday.
Reservations: (701) 772-1105
Report card: An upscale restaurant with a better-than-average salad bar. Average luncheon check runs $12 to $14 with $16 dinner average. Service was good on two recent visits. Wine, beer and mixed drinks available.
Reach Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 772-1055.