Ruby's Diner Inc.

  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

    How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Why Comparing Five Guys and In-N-Out Is Stupid

    Ever so often I see two people get in an argument about Five Guys and In-N-Out, and I can't help but cringe. They directly compare the toppings, the meat and the buns like they're nothing, and they can't agree about which restaurant is better. Eventually it gets dropped, but everyone involved ends u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Blue Shelby at Ruby's Steamliner Lounge, Our Drink of the Week

    Some people have moaned that Ruby's--which has gone on to practically monopolize eating at the end of a pier from Oceanside to Malibu--has a habit of subjugating old beloved places for its empire. A Ruby's Crystal Cove Shake Shack post I wrote a few years ago on my personal blog spawned a lively deb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Guess Where I Ate; Win a Father's Day Ruby's Diner - Sky Ranch Saloon Feast!

    A Ruby's Diner rep emailed me wondering if I wanted to give away a feast for four for their newish concept in San Juan Capistrano: Sky Ranch Saloon. You know it! They're gonna have a big ol' Chuck Wagon Cookout that day, which should be fun. AND, as part of the package, the winner also gets four tic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Fast Food Fiefdom, First Round!

    Sorry, ladies and germ: I really wanted to do as thorough a Game of Burgers first-round review as possible, but the news side of my life has occupied the past couple of days. Instead of being completely thoughtful, I'll try to be succinct, and offer my thoughts.One thing I do want to explain: the ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Announcing OC Weekly's "Game of Burgers," Our 32-Burger Tournament Extravaganza!!!

    After we finished our Final Pho tournament last year in which Edwin, Dave, Shuji, and I subjected ourselves to weeks of pho to determine which was the best in Orange County (Pho Thanh Lich, come on down!), I figured we should do tournos for all the beloved entrees of Orange County. And I figured we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Spend $80 At One Of These Irvine Spectrum Restaurants, Get Two Tickets To The Circus

    It's rare that Donald Bren's empire will give you something for nothing...and this isn't one of those times; but the free Circus Vargas tickets The Irvine Spectrum is offering (with purchase) is more than I would usually expect from Bren & Co. So here it is: if you're going to spend $80 at one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Stick a Fork In It Reacts to the 2011 OC Weekly Readers' Choice Awards

    ​It's Best Of time . . . you have your dead-tree copies, right? No? Go get one . . . we'll be here when you get back.Unfortunately, whoever was supposed to tabulate the Reader's Choice poll this year into one easy-to-read guide must have had a huge hangover because it's nowhere to be found online- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Mario Lopez to Be at Restaurant Rave Event at Irvine Spectrum

    ​Did you know A.C. Slater from Saved By the Bell has a cookbook? Yes, Extra host Mario Lopez recently debuted a cooking tome called Extra Lean Family -- and what's more is it's not even his first cookbook. Lopez will appear at the Irvine Spectrum under the Giant Wheel on Thursday, Oct. 6 from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Death Stench:] Holy Calamari! Orange County Waters Squid-y (Again)

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 27, 4:09 P.M.: Newport Beach officials were scheduled today to remove 200 to 300 dead squid that washed up on Little Corona Beach Friday.That will hopefully remove the death stench, too.The city had hoped the tides would return the Humboldt jumbos to the sea from which they came, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    [UPDATED at Finish Line:] Charity Runner Who Began Cross-County Trip in Surf City Ends in NYC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 9, 12:08 P.M.: Despite that rock-throwing incident in Pennsylvania last week, Brit T. Mark Allison reached Coney Island just after 2 a.m. this morning to complete a 3,100-mile charity run that began May 1 in Huntington Beach.He only missed his goal by two hours of reaching the fabled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    This Week: San Juan Capistrano Hosts Inaugural Restaurant Week

    Photo by JC VeraSol de Sur's Dave Emery ​Here we go. San Juan Capistrano joins, well, just about every other city on the Restaurant Week bandwagon. But a deal's a deal.Spurred by the city's Chamber of Commerce, this week (from May 16-22) about twenty San Juan Capistrano restaurants will offer a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    'Taste of San Juan Capistrano' Tomorrow

    JC Vera​I was driving up from San Clemente, passing San Juan Capistrano, when I looked up and saw birds, a flock of them, and I swore they looked like swallows. They turned out to be seagulls (I'm not exactly National Audubon Society material), but it did remind me that the Mission's big event is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Is a Tennessee Restaurant Ripping off the Ruby's Girl?

    ​Anyone who's spent any time in Southern California knows the above logo, the icon of the Ruby's Diner chain, that OC brand that has managed to stay good despite spreading nationwide. But they have yet to reach Tennessee, so imagine my surprise when I was flipping through channels in Nashville and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Kids' Restaurant Week: Meet the Restaurants

    ​About six weeks ago, Edwin announced that there would be a Restaurant Week for kids in June. Details were sketchy, and they still are, but the initial list of participating restaurants has been posted to the event's website.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Crime Time: Rapers! Robbers! Wife Killer! Bad Cops! And a Real Bozo!

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--a day late and many dollars short of paying off the creditors who won't stop calling! Top photos courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department A BOZO NO-NO: Here's the original suspect description Crime Time received for the Oct. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Flickr Photo of the Week!

    Flickr user Ben Dayhoe"Someday My Café Will Come"​This week's awesome Flickr Photo of the Week showing a before and after of Downtown Santa Ana is brought to us by user Ben Dayhoe (hee). Here's his photo description: "My first attempt at the "Looking into the Past" series. You are looking at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Tomorrow: "Taste Of San Juan"...Capistrano, That Is

    Bandwagon?  What bandwagon? Not to be outdone by the Newport Beach Restaurant Week that just passed and the Orange County Restaurant Week that is still to come, a few restauranteurs from SJC are holding a single event called "Taste of San Juan" tomorrow, Wednesday February 18th at the ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Readers' Poll Winners

    Dont blame us: You picked em

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    June 7, 2007

    The May Gray Blues

    The Beachcombers fare doesnt live up to its spectacular, summery setting

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    October 20, 2005
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    January 3, 2002

    Diary of a mad county

    Orange County, California: 2001

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    November 1, 2001
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    May 17, 2001

    Nobody Doesnt Know Tyler Stallings

    But nobody really knows him, either

  • Features

    February 1, 2001

    Holy Mackerel!

    We came, we saw seafood, we ate it, we left

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    March 18, 1999

    Famous Food

    Conductors! Rock Stars! Restaurateurs! Poets!