“Would you like a little pink or no pink?” the server asked.
“Your burger. How would you like it cooked? With a little pink in it or no pink in it?”
“I’m sorry, we don’t prepare burgers medium rare. Your choices are a little pink or no pink.”
If you opened a restaurant with the words “Gourmet Burgers” in the title, wouldn’t you at least try to be as gourmet as giving your customers the choice of how they would like their burgers cooked?
And they really mean it when they say “a little pink.” It’s just the smallest hint of pink. So small, in fact, that it might just be wishful thinking or an evil trick played on you by restaurant lighting scientists.
That being said, if you’re looking to eat out with an exhausted toddler who may or may not have a meltdown one-third of the way into the meal, then Red Robin is the place for you.
Before we get started, you should know that this is my unsolicited opinion and I was in no way compensated for writing this review.
Ranking for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Manchester, NH
|Friendliness of staff||7|
|Speed of service||8|
|Gluten free: Selection + safety||6|
|Worth every penny?||7|
|Changing table in women’s room?||Yes|
|Changing table in men’s room?||No|
Our experience at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Manchester, NH
Red Robbin is located in the Mall of New Hampshire at 1500 S Willow St, #W157, Manchester, NH. It is a short jaunt from where my husband works, so we eat here often. While the hostesses often leave a bit to be desired, the servers have always been friendly and attentive.
If you’ve never been to Red Robin before, it can best be described as a landmine of children. I mean that literally. You never know when one of the dozens of kids in there is going to go off without warning and explode. Luckily, there’s enough consistent noise in the place that the eruption of sound dissipates into the backdrop of clinking dishes and the jabbering of other patrons.
What’s yummy at Red Robin
The gluten free Royal Red Robin burger with a side of sweet potato fries and an unsweetened iced tea with lemon is my ultimate favorite meal at any Red Robin. And what’s not to love about a fried egg, tomato, bacon, cheese, and a hamburger patty with a little bit of pink in it between 2 gluten free buns? Plus, the sweet potato fries are a little crispy on the outside and a little soft on the inside with a lovely layer of salt on them, just the way they should be.
But be warned, you will end up with egg all over your face by the time you’re done with this burger. You will need an additional family member who can watch your child when you go to the bathroom to wash your yolk-covered hands. If you’re there by yourself with your 6-year-old who refuses to go into the bathroom with you, then opt for a different dish.
You’ll notice in the photo below that they forgot to put the lettuce on my burger and that a regular french fry somehow found its way onto my pile of sweet potato fries, so they don’t always get it right.
Below you can see the photo I took of the gluten free Royal Red Robin on the left and the photo from their website on the right. Pretty darn close given the poor lighting in the restaurant! You know, except for the fact that they forgot to put lettuce on mine. But that’s OK, I’ll take a perfectly cooked egg over shredded lettuce any day.
My husband is enamored with the gluten free Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger, which does not even come close to living up to the image on their website. His burger is on the left and the image from the Red Robin website is on the right. Bad lighting or not, the disparity between these photos is pretty sad.
How’s the service at Red Robin?
We’ve always had good service, regardless of which Red Robin we’ve been to. Our most recent server at the Manchester, NH location was Cory, who was fantastic. He waited patiently while our toddler figured out if he wanted milk or apple juice and helped us figure out a way for the kiddo to get a gluten free grilled cheese sandwich, even though that is not a gluten free menu item.
What if you’re gluten free?
It should be apparent by now that Red Robin has a large selection of gluten free options. Each location uses their own supplier for the gluten free burger buns, but I have yet to have one that tasted like cardboard or that disintegrated as I devoured the meal. You can use their online interactive allergen menu to choose your meal beforehand. The restaurants do have allergy menus on-premise, but the menus run on tablets and sometimes they run out of tablets or only have enough to give your table one tablet, even if multiple people in your party need an allergy menu.
I’ve been to several Red Robin locations and have never gotten sick eating at one. Your food should arrive with an allergy stick in it to confirm that the issue has been addressed and the staff has told me that they do have a dedicated fryer for their gluten free french fries. You will notice that your fries will not come in the same shiny silver cylinder that customers with normal dietary standards get. This is because the fries are normally coated in a seasoning that is not gluten free and there would be a risk of cross-contamination if they served your gluten free fries in those same cylinders.
Speaking of the seasoning on the fries, one issue that I have encountered at multiple Red Robin locations is the server telling us that we can’t have the salt because it isn’t gluten free. And when a server believes this they will argue with you until you are both blue in the face. So, let’s be clear. The salt is fine. All salt is gluten free. What they mean is that the seasoning isn’t gluten free. Every table at Red Robin has a container of Red Robin Signature Blend Seasoning, which is not gluten free. Don’t use the seasoning. Use the salt.
How about the bathrooms?
The bathrooms at the Red Robin in Manchester, NH are very clean. They have 2 sinks – one at adult height and one at child height. There is a changing table in the women’s room, but my husband reported that there is no changing table in the men’s room – I even asked him to check the handicap stall since they sometimes hide them in there.
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This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Enamored