Best Of 2005

BEST CROUTONS: Ruby Tuesday

We just had to give a little love to this place for its kick-ass croutons. Say bye-bye to crunchy nuggets so hard they break your teeth, or so brittle they shatter upon contact with your fork. Ruby Tuesday’s garlicky pumpernickel beauties are more addictive than crack, with a sumptuously chewy texture. They’ll add to the overall calorie count, but just lay off the cheese and it all evens out, right? Locations throughout the Bay area. Visit www.rubytuesday.com.