Well, it's that time of year again when Red Robin puts out their Oktoberfest Burger, so I and junior just had to go get a couple. This is a seasonal special with added ham and Swiss on a pretzel bun. The commercials make it look amazing, but it doesn't quite live up to it's advertized visual glory in real life. It's not too far off, but it could use a little more attention to detail, and it was when I ordered mine that I learned of Red Robin's policy of cooking nothing medium rare. Now I don't like bloody, but a little juicy is my general wish, and unfortunately in their fear not to under-cook the meat, they made it severely well-done. Kind of disappointing, dry, and dull. It was also rather compressed instead of full-looking like the pictures, and the special bun was kinda soggy on the bottom.
It's served with fries unless you want to swap it for coleslaw, which I did, but the slaw was so under-dressed that the first couple mouthfuls were just shredded dry cabbage. What a disappointment there, since I always like to see how others do basic foods like slaw to get ideas when making my own at home. Anyway, it seemed that the dishwasher put this one together instead of the cooks. Overall, Red Robin comes across as a diner that serves a little more variety and tries to offer something of a top shelf version of diner fare, but my visit today was a miss.
Another thing, while I drank ice tea, I did peruse the beer menu and found it pretty weak. After finishing lunch, I told the waiter I thought it was too bad that the restaurant didn't have some craft beers besides the ubiquitous Sam Adams, and that's when he said, "Oh we do, they're just not on the menu." That would have been something to know when I sat down, not when I got up to leave. Anyway, I wouldn't go out of my way to eat again at this particular location, but I'm sure there's better stuff at Red Robins than probably a lot of other places.
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