Ruby Tuesday

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I'm not big on chains (unless they're full of bling and around my neck), but Ruby Tuesday works hard to be an un-corporate restaurant in a corporate world.

That effort begins with fresh local produce (on display at the extensive salad bar), choice beef for "handcrafted" burgers and an appealing menu that has moved away from a less-than-healthy bar and grill format.

Admittedly, the cozy, den-like decor still smacks of the '70s, but who cares? The menu offerings -- which range from jumbo lump crab cake and Thai Phoon Shrimp to Chicken Portobello and dry-rubbed baby back ribs -- feel as up-to-the-minute as the latest scoop on Lindsay Lohan.

Try the Triple Prime burger and the fresh strawberry lemonade and you'll be singing "Hello (not 'Goodbye') Ruby Tuesday."

Lunch and dinner are served daily. $-$$

9617 Metro Parkway (Metrocenter), Phoenix
602-997-0620