Ruby’s Diner: Citadel outlets

Ruby’s Diner is a restaurant chain that reproduces the look and feel of the classic American Diner. Bright red vinyl booths, white Formica tables, soda fountains, milkshakes, burgers, antique Coca-Cola posters and commercial art echo the Swing Era of the 1940s.

This particular Ruby’s is located at the historical Citadel Outlet, built more than 75 years ago and is located just 10 minutes south of Downtown Los Angeles or 25 minutes north of Anaheim off Interstate 5 and Atlantic.  The location is in the heart of the outlet shopping area, and is one of the few sit down places this outlet has to offer.  Another bonus of eating at this place is they offer parking just for the restaurant.  I found parking immediately, and then after eating, did some quick shopping before heading back to my spot.

The host desk

Looks more like 1950’s decor

Ruby’s is known for their burgers, and on this visit, I decided to splurge on calories and get the hickory premium burger. Easily over 1000 calories, this burger comes with a half pound of beef, lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheese, bacon, and fried onion rings, topped with the Ruby sauce and a barbecue sauce, which I asked on the side.  I know, seriously, why bother to save those few calories?  All burgers also comes with bottomless fries.

It was not the messiest burger I’ve had, nor the best, but it was good and hit the spot.  I think next time I’d just got for the classic 1/4 lb Ruby burger, and skip over indulging. Overall a good meal, and a nice way to recharge before hitting the stores. If you are looking to save calories, Ruby’s also offers healthier menu options, and even plates or salads which are better for you than a burger.

the 1/2 lb Hickory Burger

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