It’s not only about the food; it’s about the experience, too.
Yes, it is a chain, but when a new one opens in an area where the closest one is about an hour away, well, then, it deserves a visit.
I’ve been to the Red Robin in Hamilton, NJ. Now Red Robin is a great Burger Spot. Very inventive burgers and their bottomless fries. More about those fries later. My only little issue with Red Robin was the din while dining. You see the Hamilton restaurant is one great big room. The bar is at the front, but there is no separation between that area and the rest of the place. For me, this was somewhat less than relaxing.
This seems to have been solved by the layout of the Brick, Red Robin. We walked in and it was packed. Apparently it had only opened 2 weeks prior to our visit. We knew it might be a wait, but we were okay with that. This was one of those nights that a burger was calling my name. The hostesses were very cheery and told us the wait would be about 45 minutes and took our cell phone number. That was a new one for me.
We headed off to the bar, and to my delight it was an entirely separate room! While there seemed to be no room at the bar there was a small spot against a wall and we and another couple found a spot to lean while we waited. We chatted a bit and debated if we wanted to get a beverage while waiting and both of our phones went off! It must’ve been less than 10 minutes. Lucky us!
We went to the hostess stand and she brought us back to the bar. We were seated at a low table, which I was pleased with. For those of you who know me, I am short and legs dangle at those high tops. I was pleased to see that only adults had been seated in the bar room area. There were 2 other areas for families and others to sit.
So, we got a chance to check out the menu. The waitress was there in a flash. I asked about the beverage specials for the day and decided on a Coors lite. Nothing special, but it was served cold and quickly. My companion had water.
We decided to try some of their boneless wings to start. They were served hot, crunchy and topped with frizzled onions. We chose the whiskey BBQ sauce. It was sweet and delicious. Our waitress was there, frequently checking on us. What a nice young lady. I told her how we had enjoyed her attention and she shared that this was her first job as a server. To me, this reflects the training from Red Robin. Great job there!
Without delay, the burgers we ordered arrived. I ordered the Guacamole Bacon; this was Guac, bacon, Swiss, tomatoes, lettuce, onion and mayo. You can see from the pics how nicely these burgers are presented. All the flavors are there. My companion had the Prime Chophouse. This was a fire-grilled burger layered with horseradish-sautéed mushrooms, gourmet steak sauce, Provolone, Country Dijon and crispy onion straws on an onion bun. Again, great presentation and exactly what we expected. One great time! We really know why they say, “Red Robin, yum!”