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Bites Nearby: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

November 14th, 2011

Colorful décor, high energy vibe, familiar food and drink from lunch through late night

By Corliss Bachman
Posted: November 12, 2011

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a casual restaurant chain (the Tilghman Square location is one of about 450 across the United States and Canada) that prides itself on made-to-order burgers, fresh ingredients, Bottomless Steak Fries and employees who will take extra steps to ensure that customers are satisfied.

Gourmet burgers start with fresh beef and are built into tall creations with additional ingredients that define thematic flavors. The Whisky River BBQ Burger gets its identity from signature Whisky River BBQ Sauce drizzled over a burger dressed with onion straws, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. The Banzai Burger hints at its Hawaiian roots with grilled pineapple and teriyaki marinade. The Royal Red Robin Burger, in addition to bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato, is topped with a fried egg. Non-beef vegetarian and vegan burger patties are also available, and guests can ask for a custom mix of ingredients to build their personal perfect burger.

It’s not ALL burgers at Red Robin, though. There are numerous combinations of chicken sandwiches, wraps, entrees and entrée salads such as Southwest grilled chilled salad and apple harvest chicken salad. All burgers and sandwiches are served with Red Robin’s Bottomless Steak Fries, meaning free refills. It’s probably not as widely known, but customers who do not wish to have fries may substitute a number of other sides, including a side salad, steamed broccoli or carrots, coleslaw or melon.

Shareable appetizers include standard fare of wings, dips and quesadillas as well as the visually outstanding Towering Onion Rings. Thirteen breaded and fried onion rings in graduated diameters come to the table on a vertical rod, looking like a giant edible version of the classic baby toy of stacking rings.

Free refills are offered on many of the beverages. Alcoholic drinks tend to be large showpieces of fruity mixtures in specialty glasses.

4688A Broadway, South Whitehall, PA  18104.  610-366-1776.