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Jul 6, 2003 09:17 PM

Ruby Tuesday Theory

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I think it says something good about Houston that almost all of the Ruby Tuesday restaurants have closed down.

Based on my limited U.S. travels I've noticed that if a Ruby Tuesday is shut down, there is generally some good food available nearby. If the Ruby Tuesday is crowded, drive to the next town.

Anyone else notice this, or have I been driving too long without a break?

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  1. Well if you are driving through Texas and see one open at all, then you have made a wrong turn somewhere. They have totally pulled out of Texas. For good reason, their food sucks, if I want that atmosphere and quality, I will go to Chili's.

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    1. re: Marcus

      Reminds me of Red Robin - same thing.

      Funny that Dallas is King of the Chains.

      Read an article recently about how well Chilis, Friday's, etc. do up there compared to other cities.

      Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm.

      1. re: MidtownCoog

        Dallas is the king of chains because nobody cooks in this town. Never a line at the store, always a wait at Chilis.

        1. re: Marcus

          Last I saw, Houston was the Fattest City in the country and ate out more than any other city in the nation as well. I think that speaks well of us!

          Difference is, Houstonians prefer a more unique dining experience to the chains like Chili's...

          1. re: Jesse James

            You're kidding right. Houston is full of chains! It's not like it's Manhattan or something.

            1. re: Jesse James

              Now please dont take this the wrong way I am by no means a food snob .....but did you just imply that chilis is a unique dining experience?

      2. This actually applies to other chains, that once in my youthful folly I enjoyed, such as On The Border. Pulled out of Houston, but was one of the new arrivals in Raleigh, N.C. several years ago when I visited. I think the Landry's and related chains should be the next to go...seriously mundane food when you look past the atmosphere.

        1. I was at a Ruby Tuesday's outside Boston. It was late at night, we wanted a snack before bed, and it was the closest place to the hotel.

          Well, we ordered soup, which was cold, and cheesecake, which was hot (they had to microwave it because it was frozen). Never laughed so hard in my life.

          1. Well you're all wrong. They pulled out of TX because they bought back some of their franchises. But with 850 restaurants, it's barely a blip on the radar.

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