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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers- Portage

October 17, 2009

  • 5710 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49001
  • (269) 552-4237
  • Website
  • Menu

Mmmmmm…..burgers.  I freakin love hamburgers.  I could live on them.  Most chain restaurants serve up an ok burger, but it’s usually a safe bet. 

My parents and brother came to town this morning to help J and I finish moving in.  Last night, the two of us loaded up a U-Haul in Lansing.  We were able to do this on our own because we lived on the first floor and it was a pretty easy shot right out the door to the truck.  At our place in Kalamazoo, we’re up seven stairs and the doorway is uphill from the parking lot.  We were going to need a little more manpower to get some of our bigger pieces of furniture in. 

It took about an hour and a half to unload the 14′ U-Haul.  After a few minutes of rest, my brother asked about lunch.  We had to return the truck to Portage anyway, so the rest of my family loaded up in my parents mini-van and followed us. 

When we lived in Lansing, my dad had made a comment once about Red Robin when we drove by the store in Delta Townhip.  We never stopped there, but I saw one in Portage that was fairly close to our new place and knew burgers would be an easy lunch for us.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Portage is on South Westnedge just south of the I-94 interchange.  It’s on the west side of the road right next door to a Carrabba’s.  It was close to two o’clock by the time we made it to the parking lot and there were a lot of cars parked around the building.  We finally found a spot between the two restaurants. 

We were met at the door by a greeter who opened the door for us.  Inside, there were two hostesses.  We entered the same time as another party which confused the three people who were trying to seat us.  There was one girl who got it and she pointed us, and the seater, towards a table in the dining room. 

We were taken to a booth for six right in the middle of the dining space.  We were handed menus which are huge sheets of plastic that don’t fit comfortably on the table.  We were all having to turn sideways or hold the menu straight up to avoid hitting each other. 

A waiter came over and explained the specials and the menu to my family who had never eaten at a Red Robin before.  I zoned out during this little spiel and it cost me in the end.  The waiter started with drink orders and my mom, dad, and J all ordered milk shakes which seemed really wierd to me.  Come to find out, there was a special on milk shakes which made them cheaper than pop.  My brother ordered a Diet Coke and I got a regular Coke. 

By the time the waiter came back with the drinks, we had all decided on a sandwich.  Just about everyone else at the table had a hard time narrowing it down to just one choice, but I knew what I wanted right away.

I ordered the Royal Red Robin Burger.  This sandwich was served on a sesame seed bun and topped with three pieces of hickory smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg.  I opted to leave the mayo off when I ordered.  When I got the sandwich, I pulled most of the lettuce and tomato off as well.  I love fried eggs on burger.  Not sure what that’s all about, but I’ve had some awesome burgers with fried eggs at Roast in Detroit, Hot Chocolate in Chicago, and Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, so when I saw it on the menu, I jumped on it right away.  The burger was delicious.  The meat patty isn’t huge and it’s really not all that flavorful, but Red Robin really relies on toppings to make their burgers tasty.  All the burgers came with steak fries and I polished my sandwich and the fries off before I hit the stopping point.

J ordered the Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Burger which is the same thing she ordered the only other time we had eaten at Red Robin.  The burger is a grilled chicken breast with the Whiskey River BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, crispy onion straws, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.  She also opted to leave the mayo off and pulled off about half of the onion straws.  The burger was pretty messy, but once again, she really liked it.  She ate most of the sandwich, but had a few fries left over when things were all said and done.

My brother ordered what would have been my second choice, the 5 Alarm Burger.  His burger came with pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, and Chipotle mayo.  He thought the burger was a little undercooked, but other than that really enjoyed it.  He said it had a good kick to it, but it wasn’t super spicy.  He was still saying hours later he ate too much at lunch.  He was stuffed.

My dad went with the Country Fair Sauteed Sweet Onion Burger.  Unlike me, my dad really likes onions and this burger was all onions.  The burger was served on a toasted onion bun with a hint of garlic and smothered with sweet, grilled onions.  He was not disappointed.  His sandwich was pretty messy, but he was really happy with the sandwich and the abundance of onions. 

My mom went a different direction and ordered Crispy Fish Burger.  This sandwich is a premium Cod fillet that is battered and fried then topped with a cabbage-cole slaw mix, and a tartar sauce.  Now this sandwich was extremely messy.  It was almost a knife and fork kind of thing.  I didn’t realize my mom even liked fish, so I was surprised when she ordered it, but she seemed really happy and called the sandwich “really good.”

The bill for the five us was just over $60.  My brother ended up ordering  a last second milk shake which pushed the bill over the sixty dollar mark. 

My family was really happy with their first Red Robin experience.  I would still rather find a local pub that serves up great burgers, but my family seems to be happiest at the chains.  They like the local places, but are not as adventurous as J and I.  Red Robin is a good compromise for those two dining outlooks. 

Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Burger

Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Burger

 

Royal Red Robin Burger

Royal Red Robin Burger

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