Husband and I are no stranger to Red Robin. I mean, what is a better way to celebrate a birthday than with a completely free no strings attached birthday burger? In the past we have eaten at Red Robin's in Grand Rapids-MI, Portage-MI, Lansing-MI, and Myrtle Beach-SC. We have never been disappointed before---- but that all changed when we visited a RR in Redondo Beach, CA.
Our first clue should have been that this particular RR was attached to a mall. Mall restaurants are (more often than not) a bad sign. People in these restaurants generally have been shopping and are tired, cranky, loud and have no less than 5 children in tow. I mean think about it-- when is the last time you drove to a mall to go get dinner without planning on shopping too. Exactly. We came at the wrong time (mall closing on a Sunday evening) and the line was long. We waiting for about a half hour before we were seated LITERALLY 12 inches away from the table next to us that contained a screaming, snot nosed, out of control child. I know that restaurants want to fit as many guests in as possible but when tables are so close to each other than the table to your left and right can decipher your attempted whispering, its not a good thing. Very uncomfortable. Back to the waiting...... after thirty minutes I finally got a Dr. Pepper.
That is right. THIRTY MINUTE WAIT FOR DRINKS! At every other RR we have ever been to out waiters have brought us a basket of bottomless fries after we ordered our burgers. Not here-- instead, when I asked our waiter rolled his eyes and I swear I heard him scoff when I asked for ranch to go along with the fries. Strike 2. The waiter finally brought our fries-- all nine of them-- seriously, nine. Check out the picture below. They were still good and one of the only reasons I crave Red Robin. The seasoning salt is where its at. So good!
|famous bottomless fries. the seasoning salt is where its at.|
|prime chophouse burger|
Husband ordered the Royal Red Robin Burger described as: "The aristocrat of all burgers because we crown it with a fresh fried egg. It's topped with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatos and mayo". Husband ordered his medium and it was brought out well done too but that didn't stop him from downing it. He loves the fried egg. Personally, I don't get it but to each their own!
|royal red robin burger|
|a clearly well done hamburger. boo.|
Overall we give the Redondo Beach Red Robin a 2/10. But we give Red Robin (in general) a 7/10. If you go I would suggest some winners that I have tried in the past like the Banzai Burger (sweet teriyaki sauce and pineapple) or the California Chicken Sandwich (fresh, light and heavy on the avocado).
**update: Within 24 hours the general manager from Red Robin in Redondo Beach called me back and talked to me about what happened. He apologized and explained he just took over this restaurant and they are working to bring it up to standards of the other Red Robins. We will be returning and giving this RR another chance before we leave LA... to be continued!
Over & Out, A