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Red Robin: Balloons for the kids, Cocktails for the adults

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My fine dining favorites were closed on the fourth of July. So, I ventured out into the chains.

I had lunch at the new Red Robin restaurant on Nicholasville Road in Lexington, KY. The french onion soup was served piping hot, as requested. Followed by the Red Robin Gourmet Burger with Swiss......and steak fries.

My amaretto Disaronno cocktails were well mixed-----and priced at $3.95 each. A reasonable price for that drink, I thought.

Perhaps not the healthiest lunch imaginable, but satisfying!

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  1. I like Red Robin.I have gotten the Guacamole Burger,the Mushroom Swiss burger,and even some of the salads.The one in the Olympia Shopping Forum in Selma,Tx near me has pretty good food and is always busy.

    1. We like it for a quick lunch - the burgers are very good. And my chowpup does love the baloons!

      1. Red Robin does a great turkey burger with chipolte mayo. Love the steak fries, with ranch, natch. I recently started getting the Apple Harvest salad and it's very good. Love the goat cheese.

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        1. re: Oh Robin

          Glad to know the turkey burger and the Apple salad are good. I'll try to eat more healthy next time.....

          1. re: HickTownBarnaby

            Yeah, I thought the Apple Harvest salad was good, too (although an odd time to introduce it; it was new a couple months ago, totally opposite apple harvest time ;-).

            You can do any number of things to make it healthier. They'll give you a small salad instead of fries if you ask (I don't think it costs extra). Get a chicken sandwich, slightly healthier esp. if you don't get the California which has bacon, hehe. I keep forgetting to try a turkey burger, that's a good idea. Also any burger concoction can be made with a Boca patty instead. This is what my girlfriend orders every time we go. Some of the other non-burger menu items are pretty good as well, but it's hard to get away from that part of the menu.

        2. Went to one yesterday for dinner break from work. They had some new menu items, so I decided to try one. I went for the Pesto Grilled Chicken sandwhich on a panini roll I believe. It was really good. It also came with garlic fries. Same fries, but they threw in garlic and parsley. Could have used more garlic, but then again, too much is never enough for me in terms of garlic. LOL! Anyways, it was very good, I liked the texture of the bread and the flavor was great.

          1. I just tried them last week too. Much to my surprise, they asked me if I wanted some pink in my burger and they delivered on it. I also liked the fries and I normally don't like steak cut fries. The burger itself, I had the barbeque burger, was ok. The sauce on it was good, but the burger itself didn't really have any flavor. It seemed to me like they hadn't seasoned the burger. Also the restaurant slowly filled up with lots of little kids.

            However, I'll probably go back sometime and try a different burger.

            1. I ate at RR probably 3 monthes ago and I got an interesting combo:

              medium burger with grilled onions, sauteed shrooms. onion strings, fried egg, lettuce tomato and mayo!

              the waitress said that they had never made a burger quite like it and the cook was a little baffled as to how to get it all on the bun. Needless to say, it worked and boy, it was so good, contrary to what you might think. The fries were "eh" even though i got them extra crispy (im not a steak fry person anyway, but their onion rings were pretty decent. Now, the drinks are great...

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              1. re: asiansensation007

                That does sound good-----but what are onion strings?

                1. re: HickTownBarnaby

                  They are like onion rings, but like the name, the thickness of string, so very thin.

                  1. re: justagthing

                    We were back in there Memorial Day. The price on the amaretto cocktail had gone from 3.95 to 4.99 and was for the most part ice and club soda.

                    The all-business bartender----"We put 1.25 ounces of amaretto in there"----was more interested in following the rules than in pleasing a customer.

                    The price goes up; the drink gets watered down....

              2. Hmm, the R/R in Wichita charges between $6-$8 for their mixed drinks (margaritas, pina coladas, etc.), which is considerably higher than most restaurants in Wichita. Add to that a couple $8-$10 hamburgers, and the kids meals (if you can get the kids to eat off the kid's menu) and it's really not an affordable family dining option. There are better burger options for 1/2 the price almost anywhere, and the Wichita R/R is so noisy that it's really not a pleasant place to enjoy a meal.

                1. I generally don't drink when we're out w/ the kids, so I guess I miss the point of the bar in Red Robin. although it looks to do a fair amount of business, so I appear to be in the minority there.

                  I always HATE reading post after post on the Chains board about how this restaurant is awful, or that one is, etc., BUT....we went to RR on Friday night. We had gone to one about eight months ago, and I was substantially under-impressed. But I always figure a place can have a bad night, so give anything a second try. I really wish I hadn't.. Service was OK, much better than the first time, but the food was exactly the same....some great ideas, poor execution. I prefer a 1/2 lb. burger, I think RR's are a 1/3 pound? They were "out of" tomatoes, the lettuce was shredded iceberg (a preparation which only seems to exist as a way for restaurants to feed you the inside white core of the lettuce that no one otherwise would eat), and the "fries" were sort of like what you'd get if you baked some ore-ida steak fries in the oven. I know fat is bad for you, but do I care? I just ordered a burger w/ an egg on it! I think french "fries" should at least have some sort of grease component to them.

                  The next time we go out w/ kids for a burger (best burger place in ATL is a bar), I guess it'll be fuddruckers, which ain't great, but for the four of us, it is about $10-$15 cheaper than RR.

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                  1. re: wabbitslayer

                    I've been to two RRs and nearly went deaf at both. No fan of Fuddruckers, but their burger is much tastier than RR.

                    And if I wanted to have lunch surrounded by televisions, I could brown bag it at the Best Buy showroom.

                    1. re: wabbitslayer

                      They may have explained things poorly, but they aren't out of tomatoes. They just aren't serving them right now because of the Salmonella scare. At least that was what we were told when we went Sunday.

                    2. I've been pleasantly surprised with the one in Tulsa, OK. The first time we went (two adults) there was a group of small kids over on the far side of the restaurant, the hostess brought up immediately, would you like no children area over near the bar. Bless her. It was quiet, service was good, food was reasonable for the price. I like a restaurant that you can get away from the families/kids if you're just not in the mood for it.

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                      1. re: Firegoat

                        Used to be, if I wanted to get away from kids, we'd end up in the smoking section. My olfactory senses are dead enough that I find smoke less irritating than screaming kids. Now, they're getting rid of smoking sections. Last one I saw was in an IHOP: a sealed glass room in the middle of the restaurant. It was like a fishbowl, looking in on odd specimens of people who actually still smoked.

                        Nowdays, I just go for food on off hours before/after the families have taken over.