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?


Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

I've never been, but I've been told NUMEROUS times by MANY people that the burgers are delicious, so I have no doubt!
Also, I LOVE guacamole on burgers, yours looks great :)

Kate said...

I like Five Guys. I don't know how he burgers compare to Red Robin, but their fries are delicious.

Marker said...

Word! Red Robin is delish . . . but I do agree with Kate as well - Five Guys is beyond.

I could live on cheeseburgers and fries--if only it wouldn't kill me!

Unknown said...

I will admit we are regulars there too! Well we used to go I swear at least once a week- we haven't been in a few months but I love a good Royal Burger with egg :)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

There is a Red Robin by my mom's house. I'm not a big burger person so I don't love it but it's as great place to for a quick bite when you know exactly what you want! Thanks for the "review."

Unknown said...

We were there Saturday. Hubby got a new burger that has fried jalapenos and other spicy stuff on a jalapeno cornbread roll, which he loved. I got my standard Whiskey River BBQ chicken burger with no cheese. I keep meaning to try some other chicken sandwich, but somehow I never get around to it. And their side salads are a great substitute for the fries.