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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ruby’s Diner in Downey debuts table-top ordering technology


The menu items in this post were provided by Ruby’s Diner but the opinions expressed here are my own.

On March 1, 2017, the Promenade at Downey welcomed the newest Ruby’s Diner location. This is a great location for Ruby’s Diner as it gives guests the opportunity to make a day/night of it with shopping galore and a Cinemark theatres conveniently located across the walkway.

This location is also the first to debut their new table-top ordering system where the menu is setup on a tablet with photos, descriptions, and prices of everything on the menu. You can customize your order right on the screen just how you like it. If you are leery on using these tablets, Ruby’s Diner team members are on hand to help you with the ordering system or you can order traditionally with your server.

Ruby’s Diner in Downey also has a huge patio. If you love to eat outside and/or people watch, there is a seat waiting for you.

As always, Ruby’s Diner has their vast array of shake/malt flavors. A Chocolate Malt ($6.29) and Salted Caramel Shake ($5.99) really hit the spot. I love that Ruby’s also includes the steel malt cup on your table so there is no waste.

Fried Calamari ($9.59) is breaded tender calamari strips served with cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, and ranch. The outside was golden brown and crisp, reminiscent of the coating on a clam strip. The calamari was tender and very flavorful. A dash of salt was all it needed but the cocktail sauce added a nice tangy, sweet flavor. Rating: 4.5/5

The Ranch Burger ($11.99) is a half-pound USDA Choice beef patty topped with ranch dressing, Swiss cheese, guacamole (during the grand opening event, it was coleslaw), thick-cut bacon, Montreal seasoning, lettuce, tomato, and pickle spear slices. You have a choice of a grilled gourmet RubyBun, artisan wheat bun, or lettuce wrap. The hubby went with the wheat bun. It was a behemoth of a burger that took up most of the plate. If you have a large appetite or don’t mind taking leftovers home, this burger is for you. It had a nice combination of flavors from the juicy beefy patty, smoky bacon, creamy coleslaw, and briny dill pickle. All burgers come with refillable fries too! Rating: 5/5

The Cobb Burger ($12.99 + $1.00 for garlic fries upgrade) is a half-pound USDA Choice beef patty topped with thick-cut bacon, melted bleu cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and sun-dried tomato mayo. This has become my favorite Ruby’s Diner burger since the Bleus Burger unfortunately left the menu. When the hubby and I were dating in the 1990s, the Bleus Burger was my go-to every time we had lunch/dinner at Ruby’s Diner. With The Cobb Burger, it’s the Bleus Burger kicked up a notch with the addition of creamy avocado and smoky bacon. My favorite salad is the Cobb so it was just meant to be. I went with the gourmet RubyBun. I just loved the brioche texture and shiny, golden brown exterior. I also tried the garlic fries upgrade for the first time and just about fell out of my seat. I love their fries and to have melted parmesan and garlic on top of them, just put me in foodie heaven. I think I’ll have to order it this way from now on. Rating: 5/5

Whether you are out for the day shopping or catching a movie, Ruby’s Diner in Downey is a great choice for a good, fun meal.

Ambiance: 5 out of 5
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

Specials:
  • Ruby's Diner Family Night - Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays!. Kids 12 years of age and younger will eat for FREE from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Limit one free child's entree per adult entree purchased.)

For more information:
8801 Apollo Way
Downey, CA 90242
+1.562.401.4011
Reservations: None, first come, first serve
Hours: Sunday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dog-friendly: Not sure, ask hostess before taking a seat on the patio

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