After reading on Ruby's website their declaration that they have the "best corned beef hash you have ever tasted", I decided to make a trip to check it out. We had visited the Ruby's at Carlsbad Outlets earlier in our trip for dinner and thought it was okay but nothing special. After reading some reviews and worried about long wait times (since we had our 2 year old with us), I decided to visit the Oceanside one for Breakfast on a Thursday morning.
The first thing I noticed is you have to feed the meters to park just about anywhere in Oceanside. Nothing terribly expensive (I think it was about $1 for an hour), but we almost didn't have any change. There is a full day pay lot by the pier that I think takes cards which costs $5. After parking, it was off for the long walk along the pier. The views are incredible, and we eventually made it to Ruby's at the far end.
We definitely avoided the crowds by being there on a weekday morning. In fact, I was worried that the restaurant wasn't open, but I then saw a waitress and we got our pick of seats as we were the only customers there at the time.
I had the corned beef hash and it was very good, definitely better than what I would normally get at your standard family restaurant. My wife had french toast and daughter had eggs with a bit of cheese on them. We also had the black forest and strawberry milkshakes. (I know it's breakfast, but I had a coupon for a free milkshake, so I was bound and determined to get a milkshake. Plus, the milkshake was the best part of my dinner at the other Ruby's.) From the 3 types of shakes I tried this trip, the strawberry hands down was the best. Overall, the consensus was that we all preferred the breakfast offerings to the dinner ones. Don't get me wrong and get the idea that this is 5 star dining, but for being a diner breakfast, I would rate it very good.
The view from the restaurant is absolutely amazing, and is the thing that obviously sets this location apart from its counterparts. You are a good 1,000 feet out over the water with views going in each direction. Overall, I was very happy with this location and will definitely return on my next trip.
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