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Ruby’s Dinette at LAS

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Airport food is usually disgusting and overpriced. Not so with Ruby’s Dinette. I think this was the first time I’d ever dined at an airport diner. I didn’t have high expectations, based on my previous airport dining experiences.

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However, the fact that the line to Ruby’s Dinette extended all the way past Cinnabon next door made it seem promising. People wouldn’t be lined up that far if the food wasn’t any good, right?

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It is a diner, not fast food, and they were very busy so it took some time for our food to arrive. There were several people who were perturbed by this. I think they had short layovers. Brian and I are nerds and are always at the airport two to three hours early so we had plenty of time. I decided to pass the time by people-watching and taking pictures.

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The food arrived soon enough, and it was delicious! I don’t know if it was my low expectations of airport food, but the grilled chicken sandwich and chocolate milkshake I had made my belly very, very happy.

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Brian had previously resolved not to eat as much red meat this year, but he ordered a burger. Go figure. He said it was really good, though. So at least it was worth breaking his resolve over. He consumed the burger on January 2 (our second attempt at going home after being stranded in Las Vegas). I think that’s got to be a record for fastest broken New Year’s resolution. LOL.

But I digress. If you have to eat at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, choose Ruby’s Dinette. Your belly will thank you. However, if you have a short layover don’t eat here. The food is made to order and, when they’re busy (which was the case both days that we were at the airport), the food does take a while.

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If you’ve got a short layover, then you’ll be spending most of your time waiting for your food and then you’ll scarf it down and run to your gate, and that’s just asking for trouble. I mean, do you really want to have to use the airplane lavatory? I usually hold it until I get to the airport. Of course, unless I’m flying to another continent. You don’t really have much of a choice in that case.

If you really want to eat at Ruby’s, my suggestion would be to get to LAS early or schedule a longer layover (one hour at least). This will allow them time to get your food to you, with ample time for your to enjoy it. You want to have your combo sans indigestion, right? 🙂

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One Response to “Ruby’s Dinette at LAS”

  1. January 22nd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Final Installment of the Vegas Trip : Life After Marriage says:

    […] next day because we were both anxious to return home. Plus, we wanted to have enough time to eat at Ruby’s. We had to pay extra because our food voucher wasn’t sufficient, but it wasn’t a bad […]

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