Comfort food, burgers, and our love of Red Robin

Family Friendly Red Robin and the tips and tricks to eating there bottomless fries at red robinIt was about 5 years ago that we moved to California. We moved to the central coast, in a small town called Santa Maria. Most don’t even know where it is. We were isolated, I was pregnant, and he was working 15-16 hour days. It was a low point for us. Chris laments that he missed the first year of his son’s life because he had to come home after little man went down and left for work often before he woke up. Coming from Arizona, we were literally eating into our savings to pay rent and praying for relief. It didn’t help that there wasn’t much to do or places to eat there. Let me say first that we LOVED our time there. The people we met and became friends with will be lifelong friends, but that town lacked in the food department. What it DID have, was a Red Robin.

 

 

date night invite red robinOne weekend after a super stressful week for both of us, when we were feeling disconnected, tired, homesick, and poor, my cute husband sent me this evite to take me on a date for some relief. He came home that night and acted like my blind date at the door and it was too fun. Red Robin had become a place we went because it was familiar, and it was comfort food for us. Just plain good food, and not at all pretentious. It’s family friendly, so we could take the baby, and we often needed endless fries and an amazing burger to feel like us again. It worked every time. Just after we moved here to San Diego, we had another time I wrote about the healing powers of burgers and prayer, because few things can’t be fixed by both. My husband now works right near a Red Robin, and we’ve done the same thing here in San Diego. We have taken friends there, met up for lunch, and on long weeks when neither of us got a sitter, we take our 2 rugrat kids there for date night because they love it, and we all leave happy. And there are few places that a family of 4 can eat so affordable. {e.g. the Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries is 6.99.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few tips for when you go:

 

 

red robin dinner with kids

    • When you go there with a group, with kids or not, be sure to ask for your bottomless fries first, like when you order your drinks. They are always happy to do that, and go with ranch and campfire sauce. Trust me on this.

 

    • If you order a certain kind of fries, THOSE become bottomless. So when we went with friends this last time, we made sure we got regular, garlic fries, and sweet potato fries {with our orders} so we could refill all of them and try them all.

 

    • My husband often orders a burger with a picture {something new and unique}, and his are always incredible. {This last time with friends, our friend got the Southern Charm and I had to swap half of mine for his cause it sounded ridiculously yummy. It was.}

 

    • I often build my own burger, picking and choosing what sounds good from all of the other burgers. I often add avocado or guac, grilled onion and bacon to whatever I get, and I often get it lettuce wrapped so I feel better about all the fries I ate…

 

    • If you get a wrap, ask for the grilled ensenada chicken in it. Usually the wraps are pre-grilled and chilled, which is still good, but this way, they’ll grill up and season it like the ensenada and it’s way good.

 

    • red robin with family

 

    • With kids, we often get fruit before the meal as well. They’ll bring out mandarin oranges to snack on and the kids love it. We also have them split something from the kids’ menu, because after the fries and oranges, 1/2 is about the perfect amount.

 

    • They have lots of healthy options too. When I was watching calories and carbs, I always got the ensanada chicken or the tortilla soup and loved those too. And if you go with lettuce wrapped or open-faced burger, you can also get bottomless broccoli or salad too.

 

    • Sign up for the rewards and they’ll send you a free burger for your birthday! They’ll send other deals and coupons too, but I always make it in during my birthday month.

 

    • Try the Mountain High Mudd Pie sometime. Whoa. You’re welcome.

 

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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

128 comments on Comfort food, burgers, and our love of Red Robin

  1. Amy
    October 5, 2015 at 10:04 am (1 year ago)

    LOVE the banzai burger! Such fun ideas you listed. And I love that you can order the burgers smaller, too.

  2. Mami2jcn
    October 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm (1 year ago)

    The Royal Red Robin Burger is my favorite. I love the fried egg!

  3. Mami2jcn
    October 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm (1 year ago)

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  4. Julie Wood
    October 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite Red Robin burger is the Sauteed Shroom! It is so good!
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  5. Julie Wood
    October 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm (1 year ago)

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  6. Stephanie
    October 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

    i love Royal Red Robin Burger

  7. Meg Bowman
    October 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

    My absolute favorite burger is the bacon cheeseburger, medium rare with provolone cheese. And steak fries. Red Robin is seriously one of the best places ever for our entire family. We often choose Red Robin for celebrations. My kids used to call it the “Red Bird Place” when they were little.

  8. Jason Bowman
    October 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Whiskey River BBQ is the best

  9. Lindsee McKinnon
    October 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Anything with cheese. Cheeseburgers have my heart.

  10. Darby
    October 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm (1 year ago)

    We always do red robin when we eat out with the kids!

  11. Sarah Rogan
    October 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Ahhh!!! “The Red Store” as my kids call it! It has been a safe haven for our growing family over the years as well and was a staple when we were watching our carbs. Gotta love a lettuce wrapped burger! I love so many of them, but the turkey burger is divine. Yummmm. I think I know what’s for dinner tonight! P.s. campfire sauce, right? Amazing! http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Medicinals-Organic-Mothers-16-Count/dp/B0009F3POY

  12. Amanda
    October 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Pretty sure they are all my favorite!!! Who can choose?

  13. Erin Ellis
    October 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm (1 year ago)

    I agree! The Whiskey River BBQ is the BEST! I also love their chicken wraps! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  14. Jessica
    October 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Whiskey River Burger for sure is my favorite…and we cannot forget the freckle lemonade. YUM! :)

  15. Sarah Larson
    October 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Red Robin?!?! Yum!!!! Bacon cheeseburger mmmmmmm

  16. Lisa
    October 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm (1 year ago)

    My two favorites are the Royal Red Robin (because fried egg) and the Whiskey River BBQ burger (because onion strings). My kids love Red Robin (aka “Red Robin Hood”) so we go often on family date nights!

  17. Kelly D
    October 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I like their Guacamole Bacon Burger.

  18. Elena
    October 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the Chili Chili Cheeseburger

  19. Natalie
    October 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger to order at Red Robin is the Red Robin Gourmet cheeseburger because it has so many yummy ingredients! I also recently tried the Garden burger and fell in love with the burger and sauce!!

  20. Laura davis
    October 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I honestly don’t know. I think I have only been there like twice and I can’t even remember what I got. Therefore I should probably win this giveaway so that I have a reason to go there. Hehehe

  21. Allison Swain
    October 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I like their Garden Burger.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  22. Jessie
    October 5, 2015 at 5:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Guacamole bacon burger! We love taking our kids there too- fries and balloons make everyone happy!

  23. Janice Cooper
    October 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is their turkey burger or the Whiskey river bbq chicken sandwich

  24. Emily
    October 5, 2015 at 6:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Yum! My first date was at Red Robin. I love anything with cheese! Yum o yum!

  25. Malisa Whiting
    October 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I am a succor for the simple bacon cheddar burger! It is always delicious and wonderful!

  26. Tami
    October 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Great tips about Red Robin! Last time I went there I had the one with a runny egg, tasty and messy!

  27. Shelby
    October 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Whiskey river BBQ Mmmmm those fried onion stacks:)

  28. Meghan
    October 6, 2015 at 12:34 am (1 year ago)

    I love their premium burgers….favorite is the Smoke and Pepper – yuuuuuuuuum!

  29. Heather
    October 6, 2015 at 7:50 am (1 year ago)

    I love the Royal Red Robin! The fried egg on there is soooo good!

  30. Ryan
    October 6, 2015 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

    Holy moley I need a burger now. And make it the banzai burger please!

  31. Macey
    October 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Red Robin is a fun restaurant for my family, it allows for big groups! The endless fries rock and I love avocado burgers :)

  32. William
    October 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve loved the Royal Red Robin burger ever since college.

  33. shopfreak
    October 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I love a fried egg so my fave is the royal..

  34. Jessie C.
    October 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm (1 year ago)

    Red Robin THE GARDEN BURGER is my favorite.
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  35. Jessie C.
    October 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm (1 year ago)

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  36. Danielle Mathews
    October 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

    The turkey burger! Red robin will forever remind me of you! So many crazy date nights. If I win you have to personally deliver it so we can eat together!

  37. Steven weber
    October 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the build my own gourmet burger and endless fries

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  38. Will G
    October 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger is the bacon cheeseburger.

  39. Rachel
    October 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the All-American patty melt.

  40. Kimmy Ripley
    October 8, 2015 at 10:27 am (1 year ago)

    The Banzai Burger is my fave! I love teriyaki!!

  41. Susan Christy
    October 12, 2015 at 8:12 am (1 year ago)

    Nothing better than a Red Robin Patty Melt!

  42. shelly peterson
    October 14, 2015 at 2:14 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger is the Banzai burger.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  43. Holly
    October 14, 2015 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

    Ok, I know it’s not a hamburger, but last time we went, I got the Cobb salad and it was HUGE and delicious! (You could easily split it – love that)

  44. Amy Tong
    October 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the Guacamole Bacon burger! so good!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  45. Carolsue
    October 16, 2015 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger is the Prime Chophouse

  46. Stephanie Phelps
    October 16, 2015 at 11:00 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite Red Robin burger is the BANZAI!

  47. rachel
    October 16, 2015 at 11:18 am (1 year ago)

    I like their sauteed shroom burger — yum!

  48. Henria O.
    October 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the Bacon Cheesburger.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  49. OFG
    October 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Banzai Burger!

  50. Rebecca Graham
    October 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I always order the Burnin Love burger.

  51. Kevin E
    October 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger at Red Robin is the Bleu Ribbon Burger

  52. Jennifer Marie
    October 18, 2015 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the petite bacon cheeseburger.

  53. Laura ari
    October 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the whiskey river BBQ burger

  54. Gina M
    October 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the bacon cheeseburger!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  55. Gina M
    October 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm (1 year ago)

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  56. Madeline
    October 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm (1 year ago)

    I love their Sautéed ‘Shroom burger! So yummy!

  57. Jeffrey
    October 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm (1 year ago)

    The Burnin’ Love Red Robin burger is always good when I’m looking for a bit of extra heat. I like it with a side of onion rings.

  58. Jennai
    October 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the Prime Chophouse Burger

  59. Kristen
    October 19, 2015 at 11:15 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite is the Whiskey River BBQ Burger (the WR BBQ Chicken Sandwich is also really good!).

  60. heather
    October 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite Red Robin burger is the Guacamole Bacon burger it is amazing.

  61. Pamela
    October 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger at Red Robin is the A1 Peppercorn Burger.

  62. Betty C
    October 20, 2015 at 10:29 am (1 year ago)

    I haven’t eaten at Red Robin yet because there isn’t a store nearby, but since the Guacamole Bacon Burger sounds so good I may just have to make a special trip to try it out.

  63. Susan Smith
    October 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the Whiskey River BBQ burger at Red Robin.

  64. Kerry
    October 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the bleu ribbon burger!

  65. Erica Best
    October 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm (1 year ago)

    I LOVE THE MUSHROOM BURGER

  66. Tina m
    October 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm (1 year ago)

    i like the BLEU RIBBON.

  67. Deb Ford
    October 25, 2015 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

    I love the Whiskey River BBQ Burger the best of the all.

  68. Linda C.
    October 25, 2015 at 12:18 pm (1 year ago)

    The Prime Chophouse burger!

  69. Shawn Gallagher
    October 26, 2015 at 3:37 am (1 year ago)

    Turbo-Q Tavern Double

  70. WHITNEY
    October 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite burger at Red Robin is the Bleu Ribbon.

  71. Debbie B
    October 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm (1 year ago)

    i like the ‘royal red robin burger

  72. Angel Jacklyn
    October 27, 2015 at 12:09 am (1 year ago)

    The A.1. peppercorn looks delish!

  73. Thomas Murphy
    October 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the Bleu Ribbon burger.

  74. Kathryn C
    October 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm (1 year ago)

    #SweepstakesEntry

    For me, it would be the *Keep It Simple* Burger

    KC

  75. Stacey
    October 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d have to say my favorite is the Burnin Love burger! So good and unique flavor.

  76. amanda sakovitz
    October 28, 2015 at 11:00 am (1 year ago)

    I like the Royal Red Robin burger!

  77. ELIZABETH P
    October 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the patty melt best.

  78. Ellie Wright
    October 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm (1 year ago)

    My favorite at Red Robin is the Bansai burger. And you can’t beat the endless fries.

  79. Tabathia B
    October 30, 2015 at 10:31 am (1 year ago)

    I want to try the chili chili cheeseburger

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  80. angie
    October 30, 2015 at 11:18 am (1 year ago)

    Well, I have never been there. SO…I don’t have a fav! hahaha! I would love to try their veggie burgers though!

  81. Denise L
    October 30, 2015 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

    I haven’t been there yet so no favorite here, but I think the Banzai burger sounds amazing.

  82. Andy
    October 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the Bonzai Burger as well! It is so messy, but it is delicious! With Campfire sauce of course!

  83. Dyan
    October 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to keep it basic. Bacon Cheeseburger

  84. LAMusing
    October 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the Whiskey River BBQ burger!

  85. Norma
    October 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

    I haven’t been in years, but the Bleu Ribbon burger sounds great.

  86. Jerry Marquardt
    October 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm (1 year ago)

    The best and favorite burger of mine at the Red Robin is the Guacamole Bacon Burger. M-n-n, Good!