This past Saturday we needed something safe to satisfy my in-laws as well as the almost-four-year-old twins. We decided to try the nearby new Ruby Tuesday's (this is in South Riding, Loudoun County, VA). I figured I could at least just make a meal out of the salad bar.
Well, the salad bar is now a pale shadow of its former self and at $7.99 isn't worth it. For another buck you can get a couple of mini burgers or a cup of soup etc, but still not worth it. So I had to order from the menu. I got a turkey burger with bacon and avocado. The burger wasn't bad, but the avocado wasn't nearly ripe enough, so the slices just slid off the burger. The bacon, while tasty, wasn't crisp enough. B- for this thing.
Little Sophie's chicken tenders and fries came out cold. Boo hiss. So did MIL's chicken pot pie, but once they heated it up she enjoyed it. Mrs W.'s steak came with undercooked shrooms and instant mashers. FIL enjoyed his steak, and Little Cooper enjoyed his buttered pasta. (We didn't really challenge the kitchen on that one.)
For dessert, one molten chocolate cake. Mediocre at best.
Places like this have great ad agencies and great menu designers, because what comes out on the plate just doesn't live up to expectations. The service was also amateur hour quality. No desire to return anytime soon, but the place should do just fine, being within around five miles of thousands of families in an area that is still underserved by restaurants.