Sunday, August 24, 2008

On The Border

It was call-in night again here at the house, and we decided to use our two ten dollar gift certificates for On the Border. We made the call and the order without a problem around 9:00p.m. We were told that it would be ready in ten minutes. I slipped into the car and hurried to the restaurant. The food was ready and the reception time in the take-out order room was great.

I left with the order and returned home. As usual the food was great and there was plenty of it. We had the Border Sampler, Tres Enchiladas (beef), and Pico Chicken and Shrimp along with a bowel of Chile Con Queso. I did notice that, like everything else the prices have increased at On The Border. For example, the Border Sampler used to be $9.99 and it is now $10.49. However, for the amount of food you get that is a fairly low increase.

Besides great food, On The Border also provides great take-out packaging. A large brown paper bag with handles carries all the food in neat, and stacked, containers with chips on top. The containers are made of a hard, sealed type of cardboard, that takes about one day for your left over Enchilada to soak through (I know, it does). I have no problem setting anything ordered in the front seat of the car unlike some of the pizza boxes I have carried before.

Once again, great food, good price despite the increase, and friendly service at On The Border here in Texarkana. My only concern came when the lady at the counter stated that my wife usually comes to pick up the food and that means we must really be eating out too much for them to know us! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

We were out shopping the tax free weekend and decided to stop in Ruby Tuesdays for a quick lunch today. Overall it was a good visit. My kids had turkey burgers, my wife those mini-burgers, and I took the salad bar.

Our waitress was polite and the atmosphere was standard for any Ruby Tuesday. The only flaw our waitress seemed to have was using her cell phone to text messages while talking with people. Otherwise the waitress was extremely nice with the kids and our order was delivered very quickly.

Mini-burgers were cooked great and the side of fries (standard with this order) were well seasoned. The turkey burgers (also mini from the kids menu) were reported by my critical children to be great! Taking a moment to sneak a little bite of one of them, they were at least as good as the ones you can purchase and cook yourself.

The salad bar was well maintained, clean and orderly. There was a brief moment of panic when the bacon bits ran low, but a server monitoring the bar quickly refilled the cup and continued to monitor the bar.

With four people (and four meals, including two kids) we stayed under thirty-five dollars and that included the tip. I found it interesting, and helpful, that the check had an area with the suggested tip pre-printed. It covered a tip for 10%, 15%, and 20% of the total check.

I should also mention we ordered water and this did not deter the waitress from ensuring our glasses were always full. I should also mention that we visited the restrooms before leaving and found them to be clean and well stocked. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially for the lunch crowd!