After a hard day of packing (and then knowing you have UN-packing ahead of you too) we just wanted some comfort food. We headed off to Red Robin in Metrotown for a late protein-filled dinner to help us rebuild our sore muscles.
Now Red Robin is something I had never been to before moving out west. This chain does not exist in Ontario, and frankly the first time Chris took me here (hot date!) I was skeptical. The crazy 80’s decoration, the neon, and semi-circusy theme (not to mention the perpetual loudly-sung birthday announcements) had me expecting the worst. But I guess it is a family-oriented restaurant, and generic dated chaos is no more offensive to my rugged sensibilities than the false-chic mass produced modern decore of your normal Earls or Milestones, frankly.
So I mentioned that we were in the market for protein, right? Well, the Royal Red Robin burger sure fits this bill: a big, never frozen, ground beef burger, with a generous helping of bacon, and a fried egg (plus cheese which technically also has protein, tomato, lettuce and mayo) are squished together on a toasted bun then wrapped in a California-style burger “diaper”, and served with steak-cut fries in a oh-so-classy plastic basket. It is freakin’ delicious.
It’s a big burger for sure, and the fact that the fries are “bottomless”* also help justify the price tag. The “Signature Blend” Red Robin Seasoning is pretty good on the fries. They use it in the burgers according to the back of the shaker bottle, and from a copycat recipe I found online, I understand that most of the seasoning is a tomato base (which flavour-wise makes sense).
Service was attentive but mostly utilitarian, but honestly we didn’t care – we were tired and hungry and this place gave us lots of filling, good food. Thumbs up.
*Note: I don’t think if you “poutine up” your fries (for a rather princely sum of $1.99) that your poutine fries are bottomless… At least the waiter didn’t offer me another order on a separate visit (or perhaps he felt it would be hazardous to my health!) 😦 Save your $$ and stick with the normal fries.