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#1
Posted April 11th 2011, 10:22pm
I am surprised there is no posting (at least I couldn’t find one) for this place. I went to Ruby's last week for lunch and it was busy with Filipino locals eating and watching Filipino TV shows while they ate. What Ruby’s doesn’t have for atmosphere it makes up for good fresh Filipino food at ridiculasly affordable price point. The daily item lunch specials for $4.75 include 2 main items and rice. I tried the tapsilog with garlic rice and a runny egg on it and it was delicious. Filipino comfort food at a low price point is a good way to describe Ruby’s.

Has anyone else had the pleasure of trying the weekend buffet?

Ruby's Fast Food
3740 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Neighborhood: Irving Park

(773) 539-2669
http://www.rubysfastfood.com/

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#2
Posted April 12th 2011, 8:27am
The buffet is great, it's such a deal. It can get quite crowded there on Sundays around lunchtime, and if you go after 2PM they are sometimes out of the more popular offerings that day. I usually try to shoot for 1PM. Another good place if you can catch it in the mornings is Unle Mike's Place. There is also a new place I haven't tried yet for Filipino food, Merlas Kitchen, has anyone else tried it?

Merlas Kitchen
5207 North Kimball Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 539-2090

Uncle Mike's Place
1700 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 226-5318



Ruby's has been mentioned a few times before:
http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8712
and http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=18&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=30
and http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=28631&p=328085#p328085
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#3
Posted May 15th 2011, 12:59pm
Fyi - today is the 14 th anniversary of Ruby's being open, so the buffet today is free for all customers. 11am to 5pm today.
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#4
Posted February 25th 2012, 1:00pm
Just wanted to drop a note about Ruby's as it hasn't been mentioned for awhile. I'm not a big fan of buffets, and this one stands out.

Rich and I have stopped in for the weekend buffet a few times and have found it to be satisfying and a great value. The selections vary from week-to-week, and at 11:30am, the food is very fresh -- veggies still had crunch and the fried items were hot and crispy.

I've only had Filipino food a handful times and couldn't tell you the names of most of the dishes, so I'm by no means an expert. For example, I'd never had a jackfruit and shrimp paste stew before last weekend, nor two kinds of shredded, fried patties that at a glance looked like latkes (one was meat, one shrimp, I believe). While we haven't loved everything, it's been fun to experiment -- and the family that runs Ruby's is always happy to answer questions about the food. They're clearly proud of it. And judging from the crowds and the brisk takeout business, they have a lot of fans.

Ronna
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#5
Posted February 25th 2012, 1:44pm
Crispy pata
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Lacking fins or tail
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#6
Posted February 25th 2012, 2:18pm
kuhdo wrote:Crispy pata
Yes, that's good, too.
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#7
Posted March 13th 2012, 12:26am
]Polster:
Thanks for bringing this up! Been to the buffet twice recently.what a deal! Man that pork belly is good (and don't forget the Mang Tomas all purpose sauce) . If this place isn't a real gnr don't know what is. Remember the crispy para takes a while so call ahead. Ask for garlic rice to go along too.
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Lacking fins or tail
The Gefilte fish
swims with great difficulty.

Jewish haiku.
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#8
Posted July 9th 2012, 11:15am
Quick question,

I'm looking to go with a couple of co-workers to either Ruby's or Isla Pilipina for crispy pata, which place makes it better? Is it larger at one of the places? Thanks.
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#9
Posted September 4th 2012, 9:45am
DrkDragon wrote:There is also a new place I haven't tried yet for Filipino food, Merlas Kitchen, has anyone else tried it?

Merlas Kitchen
5207 North Kimball Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 539-2090



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hit here for a quick snack Saturday, best dishes were the Mami/Siopao, and the lumpia. Chicken adobo, empenada & panci bihon were just ok.

Mami/Siopao:

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ginger heavy broth with noodles and many hardboiled eggs, Siopao was perfectly prepared and tender, filled with a nice filling of beef, potato, etc. :

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lumpia were good, better with thai chili sauce vs the sauce it came with:

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decent spot:

http://www.merlaskitchen.net
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