Ruby's South Coast Plaza - Costa Mesa
Two weeks before Christmas is apparently the wrong time to start tightening one’s purse strings.
There were gifts to buy, errands to run, sales too good not to take advantage of—basically all the usual trappings of living in a first world country.
But here’s where things went (overdramatic alert!) downhill. We realized the $25 gift card we had to Ruby’s barely covered lunch…and to think, we shared one burger!
Still, we were trying to be good. The double burger we ordered was one of the cheapest, with two thin patties instead of the big, thick ones that retailed for a buck or two more. When we split the sandwich between the two of us, it went down without incident—decent, hot, sloppy—the kind of burger that didn’t stay in my memory because I’ve had way better and way worse.
But the shoestring fries were “bottomless” and fryer-hot and crisp, so I asked for and ate the second basket even though I didn’t really need to.
And oh yeah, we ordered a basket of fried zucchini whose breading slipped off the coins the minute I bit. We did it, because, well, we didn’t want to look cheap ordering just one burger to share between two people. This is why the experiment ultimately failed. If you want to be cheap, you have to be prepared to look cheap.
3333 Bear Street #120
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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