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The veggie burgers at Ruby Tuesday are no longer the biggest disappointment in my life – Hold the Meat

Against my better judgment, I revisit the new-and-certainly-not-improved Ruby Tuesday veggie burger. The fact that I didn't burn the restaurant to the ground actually came as a surprise to me.

I’m like a battered wife when it comes to the Ruby Tuesday veggie burger. We had so many good times. I can so vividly recall some of our happiest days; days filled with food, and friends, and laughter, that it’s difficult for me to reconcile it with the cruel bastard that it has become. So I keep on going back. I know he hasn’t changed; the menu still has the haunting phrase, “made with rice and black beans,” yet I am incapable of staying away.

If you’ll recall, the day that I had the new Ruby Tuesday veggie burger was the day my life ended– or at least, that’s what it felt like. Of course, it should probably be noted that I had just given birth, so the combination of stress, lack of sleep and hormones had me on a crazy train heading to Nutsville, but that doesn’t mean that thing sucked any less. My pain was real.

However, after about a year or so had gone by, I figured I’d return to my abusive lover. Now, the veggie burgers come in slider form, which was enough of a change to give me a small glimmer of hope that they no longer tasted as though they came out of a toilet in a Taco Bell.

Surprisingly enough, they actually were better. It may be the fact that they were smaller allowed them to get crispier, but they definitely didn’t make me want to kill myself this time, or start taking hostages. They’re still a husk of their former selves, but it seems as though its court-ordered therapy has actually done some good. However, until Ruby Tuesday brings back the original veggie burger, I’m still going to be on the lookout for someone who treats me a little bit better.

No, seriously. Where can I get a decent veggie burger, you guys?

Photo Credit: Kona Gallagher

3 Responses to “The veggie burgers at Ruby Tuesday are no longer the biggest disappointment in my life – Hold the Meat”

June 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Good god all meaty! Those are gross. I was stuck at work with nothing to eat early in my healthful life change. I decided to try the Ruby veggie burger. I would have been better off eating tablespoons of Crisco rolled in peanut butter. Forgiveness for the greasy, tasteless nastiness is beyond the borders of my visions.

June 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I used to be IN LOVE with the old Ruby Tuesday veggie burger. Me and my fiance had quite a few dates there and although he is a meat eater, he really liked them too. We used to eat there a few times a month if not more. But then…that dreadful day came when all good things must come to an end. I was so sad. I ate one and it was horrible, but then I went to another one to see if they just sucked at cooking them or if they had just ordered the wrong thing. But it was true. My happiness was over. :(

August 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Yes, I too have been on the RT veggie burger emotional roller coaster. The original,addictive, bliss-inducing burger being replaced by a pale, pasty, sluglike patty, and now the mini black bean rice abominations. I was soooo disappointed to lose the BEST veggie burger anywhere (which, BTW, years ago I searched and found on the internet that they were from a NJ company, in I think Parsippany.)