Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ruby Tuesday Scrubs Famous Low-Carb Cheesecake From Their Menu

Ruby Tuesday has decided to drop its popular low-carb cheesecake

Continuing the recent trend of dwindling low-carb favorites, the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday has now decided to stop carrying its famous and delicious 1g net carb low-carb cheesecake from its menu.

After bragging about how good their cheesecake is both in my book and at my blog, it seems the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday has fallen prey to the lie that low-carb no longer exists and that nobody wants a good sugar-free, low-carb dessert anymore.


Ruby Tuesday was the last bastion of hope for people who are diabetic or livin' la vida low-carb and desiring a dessert they can enjoy when dining out. But now their cheesecake has already been scrubbed from their dessert menu on their web site and they will be letting their existing stock run out.

I'm pretty miffed about this right now because I have been purchasing a whole cheesecake from my local Ruby Tuesday every single month since I began my low-carb lifestyle in January 2004. Although it was quite expensive at $5 per slice at the restaurant or $30 for a whole cheesecake, man this dessert was so worth it! The taste, texture, and everything about the Ruby Tuesday cheesecake was absolutely fantastic. In fact, it was such a popular menu item for them that they replaced their sugary cheesecake in favor of this low-carb one and nobody even noticed.

So now what do you do if you want to enjoy dessert at a restaurant? The answer is you are just plain out of luck. And that's not right. It's time we as consumers stand up and demand restaurants give us a healthier sugar-free, low-carb dessert option. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but even ONE obligatory menu item to show they care enough to reach out to a growing population of people wanting better dessert choices.

I'll tell you what, if a restaurant catered to me with a dessert that I could enjoy after a nice low-carb meal, then I would gladly give that company more business.

Which restaurant chain is going to step up to the plate and make this happen? Anyone? We'll be watching and waiting.

I will promise you this: the business that does this will see their overall sales skyrocket like never before and I'll even give a free plug to that business at my blog. We low-carbers are loyal to companies that take care of our product needs. If you build up the genuinely low-carb menu options (and make it stuff we actually WANT to order), then we will come.

Who wants our business?

5-4-06 UPDATE: One of my readers wrote in the comments section that you can order the same cheesecake that was sold at Ruby Tuesday directly from the manufacturer. However, as you will see from the comment below from the VP of Sales & Marketing for that company, they will most likely be discontinuing the low-carb cheesecake line very soon because "the Atkins diet [is] in decline." Oh well!

We currently do manufacture a few low carbohydrate cheesecakes and they can be purchased from our web site located at These products can be shipped direct to a home address anywhere in the continental United States. The product is shipped in a Styrofoam container with dry ice, the product should be removed from the container upon receipt and placed in the freezer or refrigerator depending on when it will be used.

Ruby Tuesday's was our largest customer on the products and with the Atkins diet in decline I am not sure how long we will continue to produce this series of products. As with any manufactured products we must have a certain quantity to produce economically. The balance of our product line is not low carbohydrate or anything related to diet products. We do manufacture a Sugar Free cheesecake that is outstanding in taste and quality for our customers who are looking to control sugar intake.

You are welcome to recommend any of our products or our web site at your discretion.

Mr. Cecil LaFaive
Vice President Sales and Marketing

While the sugar-free version sounds good, it looks like us low-carbers are out of luck with this particular vendor. This again begs the question: WHO WANTS OUR BUSINESS?!

5-4-06 UPDATE: Here was the response I received today from a Ruby Tuesday representative regarding my disappointment over their removal of their low-carb cheesecake.


Thank you for writing and for your patronage of Ruby Tuesday. I apologize for your disappointment with the removal of the low carb cheesecake. These were made for us by Atkins Gourmet Desserts. They can be reached at 800-887-8808. I hope this information is helpful.

Thanks again for writing. Should you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Cynthia Ackerman
Ruby Tuesday Culinary Support

I wrote her back explaining Atkins Gourmet is discontinuing the cheesecakes BECAUSE of Ruby Tuesday's decision to stop carrying it. This is all such a shame. Doesn't anyone at these restaurant companies CARE about meeting a REAL need for people on low-carb, low-sugar, or diabetic lifestyles?


Blogger Sharon said...

I recently e-mailed The Cheesecake Factory to ask them about creating a sugar-free cheesecake and the reply was that my suggestion will be presented to management.

5/03/2006 12:37 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Actually, my suggestion to The Cheesecake Factory was to have a sugar-free chocolate cheesecake available and the reply was my suggestion will be brought up to their corporation. They do have a plain sugar-free cheesecake which is very good. I didn't mention low-carb even though this cheesecake is described on their menu as low-carb.

5/03/2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger Shayne said...

ACK!!! How can they do this to me? There have been many times we have frequented RT JUST BECAUSE of the cheesecake.

5/03/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger girliefriend said...

Same here Shayne. RT has always been a restaurant of choice because of their low carb selections...both the cheesecake and the margaritas. Now that they've dropped both of those items, their just another restaurant. Nothing special. It's a shame. I'd be willing to support a restaurant willing to step up to the plate.

5/03/2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Does TGI Friday's still have their Atkins menu? I don't eat out much.

5/03/2006 4:09 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh forget them. If you want to enjoy the EXACT SAME cheesecake, you can order it from the manufacturer, Atkins Elegant Desserts (not associated with the Atkins diet god):

AND you can get it in two other flavors. I researched this when RT cancelled their chocolate lava cakes that were so good because I figured this was coming one day and I was right.

Just in case RT or anyone affiliated with them is reading this blog and its comments, know this: the cheesecake (and the low carb menu previously) was the ONLY reason my husband and I frequented your restaurant. No more, RT, no more.

Most sincerely,
Melanie Sandridge
Atlanta, GA

5/03/2006 11:46 PM  
Blogger cathy.rayfield said...

If you have a TGI Fridays restaurany in your area and haven't tried it yet, you should. Not only do they have the Atkins cheesecake on the menu, they have an enire Atkins menu, from appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and of course that fabulous cheesecake. The best kept secret at our TGI Fridays in Leawood, Kansas, is that the bar has sugar-free margaritas.

12/31/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Ohio Low Carb said...

Cheesecake Charlies is a place I stumbled across while searching for sugar free cheesecake. I was considering the Cheesecake Factory, but at $7.00/slice I passed and came upon this place in Mentor, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland) I'm lucky enought to live close enough to drive there, but they do have a phone # (not sure if they ship or sell over the phone, but it's worth a try....the cheesecake was great and they have I think 9 sugar free varieties.....1700 overall varieties, but they have sugar)
Anyway, their number is 440-951-3247


2/15/2007 8:31 PM  

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