Monday, June 13, 2005

Ruby Tuesday

News of another chain restaurant always makes the pulse race, 'specially when the chain is, quote, "one of three large public companies that dominate the bar-and-grill category of casual dining, a segment that continues to show tremendous growth from consistent demand due to very favorable demographic trends, the capacity for new units, limited new competition, and same-store sales increases." Zzzzz huh what? Ruby Tuesday* originated in Knoxville, Tenn. but now has 700 outlets, including a new one in McKinney. Signature dishes include ribs, a burger platter, and a big salad bar. Just intro'd: fried Buffalo chicken wontons (mmm NOT) served w/ blue cheez dressing & celery, and "crabcakes" made w/ crabmeat & crawfish.

2901 South Central Expwy, McKinney. 972-540-9330

*ya suppose they bought the rights from the Stones?

24 Comments:

At June 13, 2005 9:13 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Let's see if Ruby Tuesday customers can match the Chinese salad hackers and do this:

http://www.boingboing.net/2004/12/10/salad_bar_hacking.html

 
At June 13, 2005 9:42 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

yeh, love that salad bar photo

 
At June 13, 2005 10:00 AM, Anonymous doris said...

Heh.

One of my friends used to wonder whether it was in the company's profile to make all its restaurants the same s**t brown.

Good to find you busy!

 
At June 13, 2005 10:12 AM, Anonymous polar negri said...

In Greenland, the Inuits build towering constructions at the blubber bar.

 
At June 13, 2005 10:31 AM, Blogger TG said...

ron, i'm unable to see the link you've posted

meanwhile, i'm grateful for doris' exciting tidbit re: ruby's exterior. but what, no review of those irresistible buffalo chicken wontons? their specialty seafood item is farm-raised tilapia, a fish so "mild" (bland, tasteless) you might not know it's fish at all

 
At June 13, 2005 11:05 AM, Blogger Ron said...

I'm a Luddite. Try this:

www.boingboing.net/2004/12/10/salad_bar_hacking.html

 
At June 13, 2005 11:08 AM, Blogger TG said...

me confused: is that any different from the "salad bar" link i posted in the item itself? (i'm a luddite too)

 
At June 13, 2005 11:12 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

It's amazing they don't taste like bleach:


All tilapia production systems must provide a suitable environment to promote the growth of the aquatic crop. Critical environmental parameters include the concentrations of dissolved oxygen, un-ionized ammonia nitrogen, nitrite nitrogen, and carbon dioxide in the water. Other important parameters include nitrate concentration, pH, and alkalinity levels within the system. To produce tilapia in a cost effective manner, production systems must be capable of maintaining proper levels of these water quality variables during periods of rapid fish growth. To provide for such growth, tilapia are fed high protein pelleted diets at rates ranging from 1.0% to 30% of their body weight per day depending upon their size and species.

 
At June 13, 2005 11:13 AM, Blogger Ron said...

I'm more of a Luddite! Nyah-nyah-nyah. Same thing. Now tell me how to delate my duplications.

 
At June 13, 2005 12:35 PM, Blogger TG said...

wottup w/ twisted-einstein-link today. how about a goddamned link (or even a summary for god's sake) instedda gumming up the comment area w/ all that brainiac crap. i mean, thanks for adding info to the DIALOGUE and all (snicker) but hey if it cain't be said in a line or two. where's the sassy, abusive twistedlink we used to love

 
At June 13, 2005 12:48 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

I read somewhere that tilapia go back to Biblical times and were likely the protein in the loaves and fishes miracle.

 
At June 13, 2005 3:39 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

Here's a Web site to add to your favorites list: www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/spec.html

WARNING: Don't visit it unless you have a lot of time to kill.

To give credit where it's due, I got the address from Rod Dreher, whose Dallas Morning News' editorials make me gnash my teeth.

 
At June 13, 2005 4:24 PM, Blogger TG said...

red ennk is begging to get banished from the NYCE comments section!

 
At June 13, 2005 4:58 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

Whoa! Why? Terese, you don't have a thing for RD do you? And surely you're not jealous of a site that lets months go by between new postings. You're the best, girl, don't put me out to pasture.

 
At June 13, 2005 5:04 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

Know you must be wondering where I've been. Did a brief house-sitting stint for Paris Hilton. She's such a sweet, sweet girl. I may become her social secretary!

Visited that site Red Ennk put up, and TG, you're right to banish him. The food the site makes fun of is what I learned to cook when I was a young, well, youngish, bride. It is all delicious and not at all "hideous" when done right. Come over for supper sometime, and I'll prove it to you.

 
At June 13, 2005 5:11 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

Does TG think she is Queen Victoria or Donald Trump with her talk about banishing people?

You want to banish me, or make me vanish? I'll show you a really fast disappearing act.

 
At June 13, 2005 5:25 PM, Anonymous purple haze said...

I sincerely hope you're not bigoted against people of color.

 
At June 13, 2005 5:28 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

Buffalo chicken wontons get an extra star for heat.

 
At June 13, 2005 5:33 PM, Anonymous mary hartman mh said...

I think you're being picked on, just like those poor goats and chickens at the Lombardi place. Soon as I remop my kitchen floors, I'll be back to defend you.

 
At June 13, 2005 7:18 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I thought we should all learn something about the crappy fish we eat, instead of learning to sustain wild fish populations while continuing to slaughter and consume them in great numbers.

Now back to your Jell-O-headed conversations.

 
At June 13, 2005 7:49 PM, Blogger TG said...

twistedlink is so very portland these days. save the fish! better everyone eats tilapia than deplete the cod fishery for me, babe. as for red ennk, links R good, but right-wing columnists R bad. NYCE is a den for RADICALS. there's no bigotry here against people of (purple-hazed or blue-haired) color. mary, i'd love to come over for dinner, but twistedlink is taking us all out for jello shots!

 
At June 13, 2005 8:01 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'd respond to that sarcasm, but I have to go out and blow up a puppy mill.

 
At June 18, 2005 8:10 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I went to a Ruby Tuesday in Delaware. They're all over the East Coast! It's just Chili's all over again. In fact, RT owns the Trademark "Triple Play," which is why Chili's renamed their's the "Mombo Combo."

Facsinating stuff.

 
At June 19, 2005 3:47 PM, Blogger TG said...

i wonder what dean ordered at ruby tuesday? i was distressed when i recently visited my hometown boston and saw a chili's smack dab in harvard square (altho they have an au bon pain too so i guess it's not a chain-free zone)

 

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