Red Robin

Written by on September 25, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Seven Corners, Falls Church, Virginia

How I heard of this place: My first taste of Red Robin was when it opened in Bellingham, Washington while I was in junior high school. The Seattle-based company, though, has sure made its way around the states.

Type of cuisine: Burgers and fries to start…Now patrons can also enjoy salads, sandwiches, mac’n cheese, prime rib dips, nachos and even pasta.

Ambiance: Bright, cluttered and full of random artwork, from photographs of James Dean to cats, the Red Robin mascot, to Nagel prints. Booths and table-chair seating are available for diners wishing to enjoy their meals. The space is loud with music, children and the bustling of the diners. Serving staff is friendly, bubbly and very customer-service friendly.  

What I ordered: For my birthday, being a member of the Red Robin Royalty program, I get a free burger. My husband and I went to enjoy a Sautéed ’Shroom Burger ($9.79) for me, a mushroom lover’s dream come true, loaded with fresh, plump, sautéed mushrooms, a hint of garlic Parmesan butter and topped with melted Swiss.

Shroom Burger

And a Bleu Ribbon Burger ($9.89) for him, a winning burger basted with a tangy steak sauce and topped with crumbled Bleu cheese, served with crispy onion straws, lettuce, fresh tomatoes and zesty chipotle mayo on an onion bun.

Bleu Ribbon

On a return visit, Sunday, 9 October 2011: Chris and I returned for our free appetizers! Activating your Royalty card gets you a free appetizer and two weeks to use it. Good thing we had an hour to walk the 2.5 miles there, and the foresight to register one card for my birthday and the second two weeks later. We started out with a refreshing and uber-sweet Freckled Lemonade® ($3.99), a blend of sweet strawberries (we substituted raspberry) & tangy Minute Maid® Lemonade with bottomless refills! And washed it down with a tasty-looking mini Mint Brownie Shake ($2.49), of cool mint syrup and chewy Nestlé® Toll House® brownie pieces, topped off with whipped cream and more Nestlé® Toll House® brownie pieces. Our free appetizers were the two most expensive: Nacho Ordinary Chili Nachos ($8.99) with grilled chicken ($9.99), crisp tortilla chips topped with Cheddar & Pepper-Jack cheeses, Red’s Homemade Chili Chili,™ diced onions, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro and jalapeños, served with sour cream and our freshly prepared guacamole, and Just-In-Quesadilla® ($9.99), flour tortillas filled with sliced chicken breast, mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, Pepper-Jack & Cheddar cheeses, fresh cilantro and tomatoes, chipotle black beans, freshly prepared guacamole and salsa, and sour cream to the side. To wash it all down, and feel better about our free meal, Chris ordered the Rookie Magic® ($4.99), a specialty milkshake featuring Hershey’s® Chocolate syrup blended with OREO® cookies and served with a “refill” tin!

What I loved: I love the endless fries! The beef patty on my mushroom burger left much to be desired, but the buttery bun holding the mushrooms and cheese settled my hunger pangs. The thing I most enjoyed on this visit is the Mint Brownie Shake and will defintely partake of it again.

Why I loved it: Quick, simple, consistent and free for your birthday!

Cost: Average ($8-$10 per burger with bottomless fries)

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