Rutabegorz – Tustin’s Hot Spot for health conscious eating.
I’ve been going to Rutabegorz for 8 years and I still have no idea how to pronounce the name. To hide my ignorance, I just call it “Ruta’s”.
Rutabegorz has been leading the way in developing a healthier standard for eating out, long before it became “hip and cool” to do so. Established in 1970, they have since expanded and currently have three locations in Orange County.
The three locations include Fullerton, Orange and Tustin. The Tustin and Orange restaurants are where I tend to go, to grab something for lunch, when I have forgotten to meal prep.
The Rutabegorz restaurants are well known by locals, and almost universally loved by them. It surprises me that most people outside of the area have never heard of them and that is why I have decided to make them my Orange County Hot Spot for this month.
I remember my first visit to a Rutabegorz. I wanted to hate the place. I mean, really hate the place. There was something about the décor, this weird vintage-retro chic that just made me instantly dislike everything about it. It had old church pew looking booths, uncomfortable mismatched chairs, plastic water glasses that looked like they needed replacing 15 years ago, a paper book menu and wobbly tables. Everyone who knows me would know how much rage was boiling up inside of me.
15 minutes later, my order arrived and everything changed. Rutabegorz was now my new favorite spot.
Their service is fast, takes about 10-15 minutes to get your order, and their food is good. It’s just good clean food at a good price. Simple.
My normal go-to meal is the Garlic Chicken Salad. You can order either the regular size or a large size. These salads are served in big mixing bowls, so chances are the regular salad size will be more than enough for you.
Rutabegorz also offers take-out, which has saved my butt on many occasions. If I’ve forgotten to bring my lunch with me, I just call them up, order my salad and by the time I drive there, it’s ready for me. That convenience alone is why Rutabegorz is one of my top Orange County Hot Spots.
Check out Rutabegorz for yourself and then leave us a comment below to let us know what you think and what your favorite meal is.