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arjunsr Mar 17, 2012 08:08 PM

have they changed their style or i did my branch cheap out?

went last year in october and everything was what i expected. went last week and everything's shrunk. the burger is at best 2/3's the usual more likely half as big. the fries while still bottomless are at least half as many as usual. their service has never been great so getting more than 2 orders has always been tough.

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    CrazyOne Mar 28, 2012 06:01 AM

    Hm, sounds like things may have gone downhill. It's been a long time since I've been, probably over a year, maybe even two. It was generally pretty solid service at our local shop. Nothing drove us away really that I remember, just better options and other choices when we go out. For example, there's now a local place specializing in burgers that's better and just as close.

    Quite possible they are doing the stealth price hike thing with reducing the size of food. It is after all what is most commonplace in packaged foods at the supermarket.

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      RB Hound Mar 28, 2012 02:44 PM

      It depends on your definition of downhill. In my limited experience, the quality of their product has not changed, just the size (indeed "stealth price hike"). But to be honest, I used to think that their burgers were about 25% too large for me and 50% too large for the average adult, so now they are more in line with what I consider to be the right size.

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      arjunsr Mar 24, 2012 11:16 PM

      thanks for the replies. guess they have shrunk things. i'll enjoy my birthday burger and leave it at that.

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        L2k Mar 26, 2012 09:17 AM

        Was in Foxboro on Saturday, burger seemed to be same size as my last visit (which was 9 months ago, so take it for what it's worth). But we did notice that they no longer have the garlic parmesan fries on the menu -- waitress told us they'd still make them for us, which they did at no extra charge.

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          RB Hound Mar 26, 2012 11:54 AM

          Ah - a secret menu now.

          I was really bummed when they didn't keep the pub burger around. Somewhat redundant with their other choices, but I really liked the way it worked in combination.

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        StrandedYankee Mar 21, 2012 11:19 PM

        Red Robin, which I LOVED 8 or 9 years ago has gone downhill pretty severely in the last few years. This breaks my heart because I loved their burgers, their fries and their fried fish.

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          Davwud Mar 23, 2012 04:54 AM

          I wonder if this explains why I don't get the allure of Dead Robin. I've been a number of times since my niece loves it but I just don't find it all that great. Certainly not at the prices they charge.


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            coney with everything Mar 29, 2012 04:46 AM

            Agreed about the prices, Davwud. I don't like to spend $12+ on a work lunch, but as they're right across the street from my office we do go there on occasion.

            I can get a better AND cheaper burger at most bars

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          christy1122 Mar 21, 2012 06:46 PM

          Without a doubt they have changed their burger size....last time I went I felt maybe I should have ordered a Double....really sad as they used to have a really good burger!

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            ForFoodsSake Mar 18, 2012 02:58 PM

            I'm in VA and it seems very inconsistent between locations -- one, close to where I work, gives you 5 - 10 fries. The location closer to home gives you a big basket full. Haven't noticed any change in size to the wraps or salads. They did take off a few of the soups that they used to have.

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              RB Hound Mar 17, 2012 09:35 PM

              In San Diego, I noticed a smaller burger size and initial fry amount as well - been there twice this year. The servers still asked quite frequently if we wanted more fries, though.

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                treb Mar 25, 2012 07:20 AM

                maybe the reduced burger size has allowed them to offset rising fuel costs etc without 'appearing' to have increased the price of the burger. Remember those shrinking coffee cans in the old days?

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