My wife grew up in the general area, so on a recent trip we stopped at Redamak’s which is to her, like many area folk, a cherished memory of childhood. I had a more agnostic view and I think a lot of people are in love with being in love with Redamak's.
My first impression is that if you want the privilege of eating there, you need to get with their program pretty quick. As we entered, a few different signs admonished us: NO Credit Cards! NO outside food or drinks! The whole “we have rules and if you don’t like it go elsewhere” thing typically rubs me the wrong way.
Naturally, we had burgers because that is what the place is known for – supposedly “legendary.” I’ve eaten burgers all over the country and while Redamak’s was pretty good, it was not the stuff of which legends are made. I had a double-cheeseburger with everything. It was a pretty big burger, griddle cooked, with quality meat. It wasn’t particularly tasty, but I made quick work of it anyway.
Service was good and pretty friendly. Pricing wasn’t too bad. We went there for lunch and my double-cheeseburger with fries was $6.50. A draft beer was $3.50. With a couple appetizers and a few beers, three adults and two kids got out of there for about $50 plus tip. Kid meals were generous.
Redamak’s tries to retain the “hole in the wall” feel -- no plates, everything served on paper. But somehow I got the feeling it was contrived, sort of playing on the “brand” and likely not owned by the people who started the place. I had last been to Redmaka's in the mid-1990s and the facility is probably three times larger now than it was back then.
Anyway, it’s worth a stop for sure. I am real persnickety about burgers, but I’d be happy to go back. Check it out and see for yourself.
Hope this helps.
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