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:



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    • 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.


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    • 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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