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Aug 14, 2013 02:59 PM

Red Robin

I've heard some decent things about Red Robin and it's coming to our local mall. When I read the menu something about it reminded me of a Friendly's only with alcohol. The Bleu cheese burger with onion rings looked pretty tasty.

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  1. They aren’t the worst burger out there and are probably a step up for most people over the fast food chains. The burgers themselves are ok at best. Not a lot of flavor in the patty, which is what I think a burger should be about. If you do go, skip the steak house fries that they push. They are big fat airy things that taste like they went straight from the freezer to the fryer. I recall having a garlic skinny fry option that was much better.

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    1. re: mike0989

      They aren't bad if you stick with the basic burger. I agree that the fries are definitely not worth the calories but then I prefer skinny fries so maybe it's just me. My kids used to like the shakes.

    2. I haven't eaten there but maybe twice in the last 4 years or so but I liked the one where we used to live. I always got the chicken burgers which I guess they now call "sandwiches". The chicken teriyaki burger and the California chicken burger were my favorites. The steak fries are good if they are hot and well cooked. I personally don't like the garlic ones as they are greasy from the garlic sauce stuff they drizzle over them. The onion rings are pretty good too.

      1. They're not bad. We have one close to us and go a couple of times a year. Cold beer is always good. When you order a burger they ask, "some pink or no pink". Some pink is medium to med-well. Fries are OK. You can get as much as you want, I've never felt the need to get more fries however.

        1. One plus is that all those variations are available as turkey burgers & veggie burgers, too. I have a vegetarian friend who loves to go there to get a big, sloppy, tricked-out burger.

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          1. re: WNYamateur

            That's good to know as my husband doesn't eat meat.

          2. I like them. There's a location not far from where I take classes for work and its got enough variety tha a group of us always ends up going there. I enjoy the bacon cheeseburger. I've got to admit, though, they go up a notch for me since they wrap the burgers in paper- keeps it nice and neat!