I live near R.U.B. and have been going since it opened. I've often found it maddeningly inconsistent, even the items I'm a big fan of, such as the pastrami (ask for a tender piece) and the burnt ends. Lately, however, I've noticed a general step-up in quality. For instance, last night I was shocked at how good the BBQ baked beans were. When I last tried them when the restaurant first opened, I found them cloyingly sweet and completely unappetizing. Last night, however, they were so deeply savory and satisfying, and filled with cubes of glorious burnt ends, that I was inspired enough to call the restaurant with kudos. In any event, I encourage the many who were initially disappointed with the restaurant to give it another chance.