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Ruby Tuesday Review 4/5 – Indianapolis

April 7, 2009

Restaurant: Ruby Tuesday
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Address: 8133 East 96th Street  Indianapolis, IN 46256   Map This Location
Menu: Ruby Tuesday Menu
Type: American Sit Down
Loyalty Program: None Known
Today’s Meal: Lunch Ruby Mini’s, Salad Bar, Soft Drink
Cost: Less than $15

Today I had lunch at Ruby Tuesday.  I started with the salad bar, which was very clean and fresh.  I created a large salad along with the pasta salad, Waldorf Salad, and the potato salad.  The salad bar actually was included with the Ruby Mini’s on the lunch menu for $8.99.  Next up were my mini hamburgers.  If you’re in the mood for a big burger, this is probably not what you’re looking for.  The lunch portion comes with two of the small hamburgers with small little beef patties.  They are nice and light and are a good amount of food if you take advantage of the salad bar.  The little hamburgers were good, but they weren’t amazing or anything.  They each had a tiny amount of condiments on them, such as ketchup and little onion strings.  There isn’t a whole lot of taste to them like on a regular sized burger.  Also, about a handful of fries comes on the plate.  I really do like their fries, as they have a bit of seasoning to them.  The service was very good today, with our drinks being constantly filled and our orders and requests coming back accurately and timely.

See my past Ruby Tuesday Review.

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Ruby Tuesday Review 4/2 – Indianapolis

April 7, 2009

Restaurant: Ruby Tuesday
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Address: 8133 East 96th Street  Indianapolis, IN 46256   Map This Location
Menu: Ruby Tuesday Menu
Type: American Sit Down
Loyalty Program: None Known
Today’s Meal: Parmesan Shrimp Pasta, Salad Bar, Soft Drink
Cost: About $20

Today’s meal at Ruby Tuesday was very nice.  I started out with the salad bar.  You can add it to your entree for a few dollars.  Every time that I have gotten the salad bar, the items have been fresh and pretty full in their dishes.  I’ve also seen workers cleaning around the bowls of food, and they do keep it very clean and fresh looking.  It’s a small salad bar, but they do have quite a few different things up there.  They have a few different types of lettuce to chose from along with many things to put on the lettuce such as eggs, ham, broccoli, mushrooms, a couple different cheeses, croutons, sesame seeds, and several different dressings.  I also usually see a pasta salad, a potato salad, a very creamy Waldorf salad, and a few other things.  I had a salad, pasta salad, potato salad, and the Waldorf salad.  Everything tasted very fresh and was quite good. 

Next, my Parmesan Shrimp Pasta came.  The first thing I noticed was the abundance of shrimp that came on it.  I would estimate that I had about 15 decent sized shrimp on top of the pasta.  The second thing I noticed was that there wasn’t a whole lot of the Parmesan Cream Sauce on the noodles.  However, when I was eating it, it was enough, it just would have been nice to have a bit more.  The sauce was very tasty though and the shrimp had a nice subtle spice.  One thing that the dish was missing was a piece of garlic bread or breadstick or something. 

The meal was very good, and the service was pretty good.  Overall, it was a very good dining experience.

Restaurant Catch-up: Stone Creek Dining, Kincaid’s, Buca di Beppo

March 31, 2009

Over the past couple months, I have not updated the reviews as I have dined out.  So, let me take this opportunity to post some dining experiences that stick out in my mind.

I’ll start with the one that sticks out that was not so pleasant.  It was in Noblesville, IN at the Hamilton Town Center.  There, I dined at Stone Creek Dining Company.  From the outside and the interior decor, it looked as if this was going to be a really nice dinner.  After about a half an hour  to 45 minute wait, we finally were following some girl as she speed-walked to the table we were going to be sitting at.  Then, no friendly chit-chat or anything, she handed us our menus and was off.  Then, we were greeted by one of the worse servers I have had.  This person literally was sweating and wiping the sweat with their hands.    Yes, the same person that brought us our meal and drinks.  Well, I should add that this person was supposed to bring us our drinks…our drinks were empty for most of the meal.  The server never even came around much for us to ask for drinks, and when we did tell them, we would usually have to mention it again to actually get it.  We just left this dining establishment frazzled.  On top of that, the meal we got was just okay.  I really hope that things have gotten better there because we were extremely dissatisfied.

On a much better note, a place that I really enjoyed was Kincaid’s in Clay Terrace in Carmel, IN.  The service was okay, but the food was great.  I’ve been there twice in the last two months because I enjoyed the food so much.  I have had the Seafood Linguine for dinner and the Pacific Tiger Prawn Linguine for lunch.  The seafood is a good size, and I really enjoy the white alfredo sauces they use for both of those.  Here is the menu for both the lunch and dinner.  I have dined with others who have gotten the Bering Sea Red King Crab Cakes for dinner and the Fish and Chips for lunch, and they really enjoyed both.

I also dined at Buca di Beppo in Castleton.  There they serve a majority of their food family style, so you pick a couple dishesand share with others in your group.  Some items that we got were the Bruschetta, Mozzarella Garlic Bread, Cheese Manicotti, and Raviolli with Meat Sauce.  All the items were very good, and the dishes remind me of home cooking.  It’s definitely a different taste than other Italian restaurants such as Carrabba’s and Macaroni Grill.   Those two taste more like what you would expect when dining out, and to me, Buca di Beppo has more of a taste like my grandma had worked in the kitchen for hours preparing the meal.

Red Robin Review – Noblesville

November 13, 2008

Restaurant: Red Robin
Location: Noblesville, IN  (Hamilton Town Center)
Address: 13215 Harrell Parkway  Noblesville, IN 46060   Location Map
Menu: Red Robin Menu
Type: American Food
Loyalty Program: E-Club
Today’s Meal: Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger (minus pickle relish), Fries, Soft Drink
Cost: Under $13

Today I walked right in and got seated immediately.  Today the character mascot ‘Red’, which is appropriately a red robin, was out and mingling with the kids.  We were seated near the kitchen, however it was not a negative experience as I would anticipate sitting near a kitchen at most restaurants would be.  I even got to see that the cooks and food preparers were wearing gloves while they worked which thrilled me to see.  The fries were still pretty bland steak fries (with a little seasoning on them), and my cheeseburger was pretty good.  My one complaint would be how my burger was cooked.  I had ordered a medium well burger, and mine came back with several pink areas still in it.  Each time I have ordered a burger from here, the toppings have been very generous.  They have especially put a lot of onion on, which suits me fine.

Casler’s Review – Fishers

November 7, 2008

Restaurant: Casler’s Kitchen & Bar
Location: Fishers, IN
Address: 11501 Geist Pavillion Drive  Fishers, IN 46038   Map This on Mapquest
Menu: Casler’s Menu
Today’s Meal: Appetizer Sampler (Fried Cheese Sticks, Chicken Tenders, Fried Mac and Cheese, and Onion Rings), Four Cheese Ravioli, Garlic Toast, and Soft Drink
Cost: About $31
Type: Bar & Grill
Loyalty Program: None Known

First of all, the waiting area…if the place is busy, there is almost no where to wait for your name to be called.  It is a very small area, almost like a hallway because people are trying to come and go from multiple directions through a very narrow pathway.  So, on a busy night, prepare to get cozy with the person next to you while waiting.

I will preface this review by stating that, while $31 may seem like a lot to pay for a meal at a bar & grill, had I not shared the appetizer with others, I would have had enough food left over for a whole other meal.  Now, while the appetizer is definitely not one of the healthiest selections, it sure is good!  The onion rings have a really good flavor to them, and I also really enjoy the fried mac & cheese.  They are little fried triangles with mac & cheese all on the inside.  Now, the ravioli, I wasn’t so impressed with.  First of all, I was really hoping for a pasta on the menu with a cheese or alfredo based sauce.  However, this was the only pasta that I saw on the menu.  I decided to give it a try, and I really wasn’t into it.  It didn’t really have much of a flavor except some overwhelming spice that it seemed like they were trying to overdo in order to make it have some flavor.  There also wasn’t a whole lot of it in the dish for as much as it cost.  I easily finished it all after indulging in some of the appetizer.  I even ate both slices of ‘garlic toast’, which wasn’t very good either.  There wasn’t anything to it…it was something that I could have made without having any culinary creativity or spending any time on.  It was actually quite bland, and had I not read that it was garlic toast, I would have just thought it was plain bread that had been very lightly toasted.

I also wish the server would have been more friendly.  It seemed like they were ‘hot’ then ‘cold’.  At one point they seemed to be in a good mood, and then the next it seemed like things were not going their way or something.

I also was in a non-smoking section but still was able to smell smoke.  I realize that this is a bar & grill, but I thought that it was worth noting.

Red Robin – Noblesville

November 1, 2008

Restaurant: Red Robin
Location: Noblesville, IN  (Hamilton Town Center)
Address: 13215 Harrell Parkway  Noblesville, IN 46060   Location Map
Menu: Red Robin Menu
Type: American Food
Loyalty Program: E-Club (Website states you’ll get a gift for registering as well as a free burger on your birthday and subscription to the newsletter.)  I signed up a while back and got the initial “gift” (I don’t recall what it was) but have not received any newsletters.
Today’s Meal: Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger (minus pickle relish), Fries, Soft Drink
Cost: Under $13

I came here at a peak lunch hour, and the place was quite busy.  I was seated quickly and before the 20 minutes I was told it would take.  This was such a good hamburger today.  I can definitely say that it is one of my favorites.  I have been here before, and I got this burger and it was good except for I didn’t care for the pickle relish.  I’m not a big relish person though.  This time I ordered it without the pickle relish, and it had the perfect combination of all the other ingredients.  It was quite delicious.  The other people that I dined with equally enjoyed their hamburgers.  One got the Royal Red Robin Burger, and get this, it actually has a fried egg on it.  This person had heard others say how good the burger was and decided to give it a whirl.  Well, they thoroughly enjoyed this interesting burger.  The other times I have dined at Red Robin (it was another location – this is the first time dining at this location), the fries have always been really bland.  They serve steak fries, and the fries are all-you-can-eat.  They have a seasoning at the table that you can use, but for whatever reason, I still didn’t care for the fries very much.  Today, the fries seemed a lot better.  They came with a good amount of seasoning already on them when they were served.   

We were a little nervous about the server at first because they seemed a bit lost.  However, we were pleasantly surprised when we were constantly brought new drinks when ours were close to running out and our food was exactly how we ordered it.  The place has the music a bit loud (the same with the other Red Robin I have dined at), so it makes it a little difficult to hear what the server is asking/saying, and you feel like you need to raise your voice when ordering in order to make sure the server is able to hear you.  However, this was an enjoyable experience with a great burger.