Orange County Brick and Mortar: Independent Restaurants Thrive, Deliciously!

[gallery] When you think of Orange County California, almost the last thing that comes to mind is independent businesses! But unlike the Loch Ness monster, it does exist... even if you have to search a little to find it! Take Ruby's Diner, for a great example! Started off as inspiration from an abandoned building—turned 1940's-style eatery—it has since exploded throughout the nation! With 27 locations (all taking individual and unique elements from the surrounding area, while still maintaining the traditional company style) they are seeing much success. Fortunately, the management is thoughtfully progressive, and inspires it's high-caliber employees to provide consistent quality service! That high-quality service is reflected in the food and atmosphere of the restaurant, and is noticeable the instant you walk through the doors. Employees are friendly, the place is spotless, and the food is delicious. In fact, for the first time in my life I ordered food from a menu photo, and it arrived EXACTLY as it was pictured. Seriously! Light breakfast tacos—same position, same quality, same plate, same little red containers... everything. In a world of mass-produced food where everything is designed to look perfect but never quite comes close, this came as a huge pleasant surprise! So, the next time you are down in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (or any of the neighborhoods lucky enough to have a Ruby's Diner) stop in for a meal and enjoy the independent flavor!

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