Thursday, May 20, 2010

Red Robin - Yum!

I am not afraid to admit that Mr Minx and I frequent Red Robin. We are foodies, but we are not snobs. Red Robin happens to be located near our regular grocery store, and when we don't have other ideas for dinner, a burger is quick, easy, and usually delicious.

Not delicious, however, are RR's potatoes. They're thick cut steak fries, horribly tough and dry and not particularly crispy. For me, no amount of ketchup can salvage them, so I just order a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette instead.

Our favorite burger is the Santa Fe: roasted Poblano pepper, guacamole, sautéed onions, crispy tortilla chips, Pepper Jack cheese, lettuce and Ancho mayo on an onion bun. I had never been a fan of mayo on hamburgers, but this one's combination of chewy, gooey, and lightly spicy elements all working as a delicious whole converted me. While there is more topping than meat on these burgers, I find them to be well-balanced, and the patty itself does taste like actual meat. Perhaps not as meatalicious as the burger from Stoney River, it's satisfying enough.

I've also enjoyed the Blackened Bayou burger, and a discontinued one that had onions and peppers, marinara, and a breaded wheel of Mozzarella cheese. Their chicken sandwiches are pretty good too. Haven't tried any salads because hey - if I'm going to a burger joint, I want meat on a bun.

What do you think about Red Robin? Are there other chain burger restaurants you prefer that you would recommend?