Yes, my friends. Ruby Tuesday.
I know it probably seems odd to post about Ruby Tuesday on a site like this, but I wanted to make sure you knew about it in case you are looking for relatively healthy options at chain restaurants. Have you seen the menu lately? It looks like they are making a bid for the vegetarian-friendly Olympics! We ended up there in my husband’s hometown with his parents the other weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised to see several enticing plant-based items.
Of course they have their salad bar, with edamame and sun-dried tomatoes among its offerings. They also have a “veggie trio” meal that lets you to create a plate from three side dishes. Choices include a number of “fit and trim” options like roasted spaghetti squash (!), mashed cauliflower, and sugar snap peas. A third interesting option, which my husband ordered, is the zucchini cake mini burgers on little buns. They had some feta cheese in them and a nice overall flavor.
But what really wowed me, what really almost made me fall off my chair onto the floor, was the spaghetti squash marinara dish on the pasta section of the menu. It was a big plate of squash (no pasta at all!) topped with tasty marinara sauce, bits of roasted red pepper, and a few tablespoons of parmesan cheese. (The cheese is not mentioned on the menu, so be sure to ask them to leave it off if you’d prefer not to have it.) It was like eating at home, but without having to cut a hot squash and scrape out all the slimy bits!
Now, we did not ask specifically what was technically vegan and what was not, but there were definitely some appetizing plant-based choices as well as helpful “fit and trim” designations, and I was a very happy diner. You may want to check out the Ruby Tuesday menu before your next meal out or on the road. It certainly exceeded my expectations!