Ruggles Bakery (Houston)
I've read some great and very unflattering reviews of Ruggles Bakery online.
Have any Chowhounders been recently? If so, what did you think? I'm curious about both the lunch menu and dessert. Some of their offerings look delicious.
I'm looking for a place to go have a non-hurried Saturday afternoon lunch.
Ruggles Cafe Bakery
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
I've eaten there twice, the last time about a year ago. The last time wasn't as good as the first time but it was during the lunch rush where the first time it wasn't as crowded. Both times I ate a pork sandwich - Roast Pork Loin Sandwich with Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella and Mango Chipotle Mayonnaise on a Jalapeno Cheese Bun. I would try something different next time. The sweet potato fries were good. The desserts were very good but for an even better authentic French pastry, try Andre's (River Oaks Boulevard at the intersection of Westheimer). They're about half the price too.
texasredtop - You posted exactly the sandwich that I ordered. My friend ordered the reuben. Both sandwiches were good enough but not enough to make us drive 45 minutes to get there again. The dill potato salad could have used more dill.
On the other hand, the chocolate cake with mint mousse was so good I'd drive for days to have it again! I did think that the ice cream and plate sauce were a bit too much. Did I mention that I loved the mint mousse?
Ruggles in the Village is best for their cakes. I go for their Red Velvet cake every time I'm back in Houston!
The lunch food is solid but unspectacular, pastas and fancy sandwichs mainly. There are other places in the Village a short walk away that are better - you could combine Prego's lunch with Ruggles for dessert + lingering.
2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005