Okay, I know I promised to share our Florida adventures with you…and those are coming (including my favorite Epcot Food & Wine Festival), but for now I wanted to squeeze in our experiences at Red Robin. We took the fam out for a bite while we were at the Provo Towne Center mall. For those familiar with the Provo mall, you know that dining options are slim; you’ve got Red Robin, Winger’s, or the food court. I swear that originally they were going to put in a Cheesecake Factory where the Winger’s is. I promise I even saw the sign, but then it never went up. That was years ago when the mall first opened. And I haven’t found anyone who will back me up on that, but I sure wish The Cheesecake Factory was there!!!
Anyway, back to Red Robin. You know you’ve seen their commercials. In fact, I can hardly read “Red Robin” without hearing in my mind the voices from the commercial, “….yummmmm.” Mr. Diner and I used to frequent Red Robin back in our pre-little-diner days. We’d get their movie deal (more on that later), having dinner and then swinging over to the Cinemark for a movie. I would also sometimes go with a friend, who would order a salad. I would order a burger, and then we’d split the two in half, getting the best of both worlds.
But in our recent history, Mr. Diner & I had not been to Red Robin in awhile.
Mr. Diner started with a Freckled Lemonade (strawberry lemonade) in a cool, funky glass. He said it was “super good”, but it was a fairly small portion…probably because of the cool glass. No fret, it includes free refills.
He also got the Burnin’ Love Burger, a spicy selection featuring pepper-jack cheese, fried jalapenos, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, & chipotle mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cornmeal roll. Sounds spicy? Yep, it was. But Mr. Diner likes it that way.
I ordered the Bleu Ribbon Burger, a Red Robin classic, and one that I’ve ordered several times. It’s topped with steak sauce, crispy onion straws, bleu cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, & chipotle mayonnaise on an onion roll. It wasn’t quite as good as I remembered. The fluffy onion roll was good, but the wimpy lettuce and tasteless tomato were not. I couldn’t taste either of the sauces, which this burger needs to add that zesty kick to it. I also think a slice of bacon or two wouldn’t hurt, too.
Burgers come with bottomless steak fries, which are good. But you can substitute other sides for your fries if you wish. I chose the garden side salad this time, and frankly, I enjoyed the salad more than my burger.
Amazing Diner chose his kids meal favorite: pepperoni pizza with broccoli. He ate up the whole thing & proclaimed it good.
The corn dog kids meal was a hit with the other two kids, who both chose mandarin oranges as their side. The only issue was that it was served piping hot…much too hot for a kids entree, so they had to wait a bit to eat it.
Didn’t have dessert on this trip, but these yummy treats sure caught my eye for another time:
Red Robin is a decent place to take the kids when you’re at the mall, but not worth a special trip, in my opinion. They have a great movie deal at the Provo location (they also have this at The District & Layton Hills mall): Pay $33.99 for a $20 Red Robin Gift Card, a FREE Cheese Stick Appetizer ($5.95 value) and 2 Movie Ticket vouchers. It’s like getting the 2 movie tickets for $4 each.
Entree Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.8
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 3
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 4