The long, well-stocked salad bar is the focal point of Ruby Tuesday. And on a recent visit to the upscale restaurant just off of 32nd Street in Grand Forks, I found grazing through the salad bar created a pleasing, healthful lunch.

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From the extensive garden bar, I chose sliced tomatoes, pickled beets, ham, egg salad, greens, broccoli and edamame. By then, my plate was full, and I joined my group in a booth.

The glass over the salad bar seems to keep the foods protected. And I would go back any time just for the good tastes it offers and the good nutrition there.

But there is much more to Ruby Tuesday, which opened in Grand Forks on Oct. 26, 2011.

The menus, as at many chain restaurants, are almost overwhelming. You get a menu for the day. You get a large appetizers menu. You get a lunch or dinner menu.

So, I took the easy route for a late lunch at Ruby Tuesday on Feb. 17. From a single sheet that came with two large menus, I chose baked ravioli ($10.99.) It arrived in a hot - very hot - state, and I approached it with caution.

It was very well-seasoned and laced with spinach and topped with sharp-tasting cheese. With the two dainty baking powder biscuits that arrived promptly, it was a very adequate meal.

And that is what draws me to Ruby Tuesday.

You can go light with a salad. Or you can opt for anything from an appetizer to a full dinner of seafood, chicken, steak, pasta or ribs.

It is a good place for a casual luncheon. It is an inviting ambiance for dinner.

There is a staff of 75 full- and part-time workers. The servers wear black, and those I have met are well-trained and courteous. There is a lot to like and a little to criticize at Ruby Tuesday.

I like the cloth-like napkins that come wrapped around the silverware. I did find the carpet sweeper a little off-putting in the early afternoon. And I was disappointed in the ladies room, which needed attention even though it was on a busy day.

I found the fountain drinks are $2.49, which seems like a going rate in these times. Still, it keeps me on a water course.

I was interested in the tables that look square but have leaves on all four sides that can be turned up to create a round table. The restaurant has appealing art and is tastefully decorated.

Ruby Tuesday seems to me like one of the stars in the restaurant scene in Grand Forks.

It is one of more than 800 similar restaurants worldwide and known for its Garden Bar. The name was taken from Rolling Stones song, “Ruby Tuesday.”

Click here to read Marilyn's Olive Garden review.

Reach Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055.