Rutabegorz! A place I’ve been wanting to blog about for a while now. Why? Because it fits the criteria of my blog’s focus: they offer a few Asian inspired dishes, it’s health-conscious, and their food is offered at reasonable prices. Also because it’s a unique place! The atmosphere is cozy with “lots of built in cabinetry and beautiful woodwork”. Built in an Old Town Orange home – seems their ambience would make anyone feel right at home when visiting. RUTA’S Orange also provides a fantastic out front patio, which is ideal for day time sunny California weather or a casual summer evening.
Their menu has EVERYTHING! And they’re very generous with their portions, so I think it’s worth every penny! They have Yummy Appetizers, Soups, Chili, Salads, Wraps, House Favorites, Sandwiches, Dessert and a variety of unique drinks to choose from also, like coffee drinks, smoothies, juices — iced apple cider and hot cherry cider under ‘other drinks’, also Cocktails, Wine & Beer.
Their mission is “to provide our communities with a healthy alternative to traditional restaurant offerings without sacrificing taste. We provide “old school” vegetarian values – lots of fresh and natural foods.” As stated by owner Paul Berkman on restaurant’s website. The section about ‘traditional restaurant offerings without sacrificing taste’ is what I like to hear and experience. I believe that is what most health-conscious people seek — a place that uses fresh natural ingredients yet food that doesn’t taste bland instead very flavorful.
One downfall, however, it seems, that Rutabegorz is not known to have great service, which is unfortunate because everything else, in my opinion, IS great! I’ve experienced their OK service firsthand every time I’ve dined here; nonetheless, their good food and pleasant atmosphere far outweigh the ‘not so good’, so I keep coming back.
The most recent time visiting Ruta’s Orange, I ordered their Veggie Mu Shu Medley (as seen in photograph). This dish consists of: ‘Asian inspired veggies – water chestnuts, broccoli, carrots, snow peas and mushrooms – atop a bed of brown rice, then topped with slivered almonds, crunchy noodles and mu shu sauce’. I was told by a friend that the Chinese term “mu shu” is an assortment of veggies quickly seared, as in stir fry. And the gal at the restaurant says the sauce in the medley is a ‘sweet plum sauce’, which to me tasted like teriyaki sauce. I didn’t mind the sweet taste at all. And I enjoyed eating all those veggies — such a generous amount of them! Overall, it was a happy positive experience!
So there you have it! A neat restaurant in Downtown Orange that you can bring your grand-papa, kids, uncle, neighbor, friends, co-workers, and/or a romantic date to — a place that serves everything for everyone, and that is not overpriced considering the unique healthy choices they provide. Try it sometime, and tell me what you think.