USA, Anaheim - Ruby's Diner

Cuisine: Diner, American, Breakfast, Burgers
Location: USA, California – Orange County, Anaheim (close to Disneyland); (other locations)

Today was a trip to Disneyland! Yep, pretty exciting to visit this iconic theme park but first we needed to plan a place to visit for breakfast so we decided upon Ruby’s Diner which is on our way to Disneyland from Hollywood. Nothing is as American as a diner and I have yet to visit one so this was going to be interesting. Ruby’s Diner is actually part of a chain with locations around a lot of the US. Walking in I was immediately amused and taken aback to see something so unique! Wow, an old style feel, the uniforms, the booths, the long bar, the photos of a bygone era, an experience in itself. We were here reasonably early because we wanted to get some breakfast and then make our way to Disneryland early before the queues started getting too big.

Ruby's Diner - Interior

Ruby’s Diner – Interior

Ruby's Diner - Interior

Ruby’s Diner – Interior

Ruby's Diner - Interior

Ruby’s Diner – Interior

Our waitress was really friendly, genuine, and provided excellent service. She presented us with menus and gave us ample time to decide before taking our orders. There’s lots to choose on the menu and pictures of some dishes to really get your mouth watering. In the end I went for strawberry French toast, grapefruit juice and beignetes.

After a reasonable wait, our meals were presented. Like everything in the US so far, the serves were huge. I was shocked at how much was on the plate! On everyone’s plate! Here’s some pics of what my friends ordered.

Ruby's Diner

Ruby’s Diner

Ruby's Diner

Ruby’s Diner

Ruby's Diner

Ruby’s Diner

Ruby's Diner - Beignettes

Ruby’s Diner – Beignettes

I’ve never seen nor heard of beignettes so when I saw the picture in the menu, I had to order some, to share of course! The beignetes are like doughnut pillows that are so yum. French doughnuts, perfectly deep-fried and puffed. It was served with maple syrup and dusted with icing sugar. I really enjoyed them. The French toast wasn’t to be out done, delicious thick slices of bread, maple syrup, strawberries, a strawberry syrup, and whipped cream. Yum! What a breakfast and the grapefruit juice cuts through the sweetness. Also had a bite of a breakfast tortilla which was also delicious. With all the walking ahead, it’s just what the doctor ordered. I walked away very pleased but way too full. For the break neck speed rides I was to embark on, maybe a breakfast here wasn’t the best choice because I was so full and you don’t want to be flung around on a full stomach! No regrets.

Ruby's Diner - French Toast

Ruby’s Diner – French Toast


Ruby’s Diner Food Review Summary

Verdict: The diner is something iconic and prevalent in so many US TV shows and movies, but so foreign to those in Australia, so the chance to visit one was fantastic. Stepping into Ruby’s Diner was like being transported back in time to a different era. It has such a cool feel about it, yet still is modern enough to not look out of place but still hold it’s character. While the service in the US is excellent, I particularly appreciated the very friendly and genuine service we received here. There’s plenty to choose from the menu and I ordered beignettes, strawberry French toast, and grapefruit juice. The beignettes are French doughnuts dusted with icing and served with a small dish of warmed maple syrup. They were really delicious. The thick slices of delicious French toast were equally  fantastic. Along with a generous serving of (well everything on the plate was generous) strawberries,  strawberry syrup, maple syrup and whipped cream, this was quite an unbelievably naughty and delicious breakfast. The grapefruit juicy (also generous) was definitely required to cut through the sweetness. What an awesome meal, experience, service, everything! We were impressed.
Price: Reasonable (with service & tip – USD $19, ~$20 AUD, $1 AUD = 0.93 USD)
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Highly Recommend


Ruby’s Diner Restaurant Details
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USA, Anaheim - Ruby's Diner, reviewed by Shaun on 2013-06-28T10:03:24+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5

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