Last week, 5 of us decided it would be nice to go out for dinner. The plans were made last-minute, so we didn't have any reservations. We wanted a place that would be good and within walking distance from our friend's house at Oak and Broadway. When my friend suggested Red Robin, I didn't want to go there. It was quite an unfair decision. All I knew about Red Robin was what the sign looked like. It looked like Denny's. And boy, do I hate Denny's, with it's overpriced bottom-of-the-barrell food and dense service.
Luckily, I was outvoted, so we ended up heading towards Red Robin. As soon as we walked in, I knew this was no Denny's. The design was classy yet familiar, with a lot of woodwork and pressed tin ceiling. The view of the city from the north side of the restaurant is fantastic. Even though we were a group of five with two babies, we were greeted warmly and given a primo circular booth.
The menu was simple: burgers, burgers, and more burgers; chicken burgers, beef burgers, veggie burgers, fish burgers -- they even had a burger-stuffed quesadilla on the menu. There were a few other options at the bottom, but Red Robin was clearly a place for burgers, and so a burger it would be for me. I ordered a california chicken burger which came with what was touted on the menu as "our famous bottomless steak fries." I was suspicious about the claim -- I doubted the fries would be good, and I thought there would probably be a hassle when it came to asking for more. When the food came, the burger did not dissapoint. The chicken portion on my burger was large and well-grilled, although the guacamole was a little too garlicy for my taste. Overall, it was a delicious burger.
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