Shooby dooby dooby to Ruby’s Motodiner

Ruby's MotoDiner
Today Ruby’s opens their latest diner at the Irvine Spectrum Center. The theme of this diner is “MotoDiner” with the decor centered around motorcycles and 50’s science-fiction/horror movie posters. Ruby's MotoDiner
The centerpiece is an Indian motorcycle. If one looks at one of the posters on the wall, one can see Ruby herself on that same bike.
Ruby's MotoDiner

The location is also what they call a “deluxe” diner so instead of the usual red vinyl booths and white linoleum floors and walls, the walls are a rich wood with and the booths a red and black color combination. There are some cool future/retro crime fixtures all around and the counter area is a relaxing soft yellow.
Ruby's MotoDiner
This location has a few food choices unique to itself, including a Kobe beef burger and French Onion Soup.
Burger and Garlic Fries
I had a signature burger and the garlic fries, which are incredible, but not for those who are shy about garlic.
The chain started here in Orange County with their first location at the end of the Balboa Pier. 25 years later, they still giving that great customer service I remember from the original. Yesterday was the soft opening and I was lucky enough to be able to dine at the counter and observe the staff getting acquainted with the new surroundings and working out the fine details.
The staff was great, and thanks to the to Jim and Edward for stopping and answering questions for me in the midst of the training and a special thanks to my waitress Joan for your personable service!

I have always been a fan of Ruby’s, and as long as they keep that corner diner feel, I will always be a fan.
Ruby’s MotoDiner is located at 65 Fortune Drive Irvine Ca 92618

5 Comments so far

  1. Maria (ocmaria) on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:54 am

    I literally drooled at those garlic fries. Guess I know where I’m going this weekend!

  2. suzannebroughton on December 10th, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

    I love Ruby’s, too. I worked there for years while in college–a loooong time ago. I even opened up their other attempt at an "upscale" restaurant, Bubbles, in Balboa. Remember Bubbles? It’s an art gallery now.
    I can’t WAIT to go to their new place at The Spectrum. Thanks for the sneak peek.

  3. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on December 11th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    I totally remember Bubbles. The actual bubbling pillars by the door at the corner. I didn’t know it was a part of Ruby’s though. I do now.

  4. Jon (oc_jon) on December 12th, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    I love love love love love that they are moving away from the stark white and red interiors and are bringing in warmer (but still nostalgic) colors. Seeing other representations of that era is a refreshing sight for sore eyes.

  5. frazgo on December 16th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    Hmmmm…it looks like ed debevics cleaned up its act and moved south. I’ll add that as an option with the kidlets next time we are stuck looking for something to do down there.

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