Posts Tagged ‘hamburger’
Every once in a while you want to have a good hamburger. There are numerous places that sell hamburgers in the Scranton area. Unfortunately most of them are chains. You have your five guys, McDonald’s, Burger King and Red Robin. Each one has something that makes them stand out. Burger King it’s the whopper, McDonald’s it’s the Big Mac and five guys it’s the french fries and a freshly made hamburger. Each establishment sells oversized sodas.
Which one is the best value for your food money? If you’re in a hurry It could be a tossup between Burger King and McDonald’s. I would recommend neither. You could shoot over to Red Robin and be in and out pretty quickly, and spend just a few dollars more than any of your McBoxes. You’ll get a premium hamburger at Red Robin.
What is the difference between a quarter pounder and the classic red Robin original burger? First off your served your food at a table by a waitress. You’re greeted by a hostess when you come in the door. You get all the french fries you can eat which may or may not be a good thing. They have sweet potato french fries as well as regular french fries. It is $.99 to substitute sweet potato french fries for the regular french fries.
Our night at Red Robin there were four of us eating dinner. We had one burger with no bun, one burger on a gluten-free bun and two regular burgers. My personal favorite was their bleu cheeseburger, it has blue cheese crumbles as well as mushrooms. GlutenFree bun was excellent. You could not really tell that it was GlutenFree other than the fact after a while the bread starts to crumble if it gets wet. The bun is superior to most gluten-free buns I have had in the past.
This establishment makes their money from you ordering alcoholic beverages. As soon as you arrive you’re greeted by invitations to purchase alcoholic beverages. Although they are making more than enough money off their soda at $2.59 a glass. Throw in your tax and your at $2.75. For a family of four this adds $11 to your dinner. We could have bought 22 quarts of Coca-Cola for this price at the grocery store. Usually the appetizers are kind of overpriced but here they were not. We ordered some type of jalapeno rings, they looked actually like calamari but they were jalapeno slices. We all gave them the thumbs up. Usually we get the onion rings as they’re pretty good too. But that night we did not.
Our hamburgers ranged in price from $9-$12. My wife received hers free for celebrating her birthday with Red Robin. It’s easy to sign up online. You do not receive a bunch of spam emails from them either. I have many friends who go to our local seafood house for their free petite lobster dinner for their birthday. Personally I do not feel as though it is worth the free price tag. Sure it is good but it is not great. As they used to say at work if it’s free it’s for me. I do not feel that way. The food has to be good for me to take it.
Our dinner at Red Robin was good and the family of four were all happy with our meal. We did not leave feeling as though we were overcharged for our food. The only thing I think is a little high price is their soda. I always felt as though I would rather pay a few pennies more for my food then be overcharged for a beverage, which only cost pennies to serve.
Our waitress was very nice and more than attentive to our needs. They provided my wife with the unexpected singing of happy birthday and a free Sunday. That was a very nice surprise. The Restaurant manager came over to our table to verify that it was my wife who was in fact having her birthday. My wife was not required to remove her drivers license from her purse and give it to the manager. Unlike the local seafood house you have to give the waitress your drivers license and she returns with it in about 10 minutes. I don’t know what they actually do with your drivers license when they take it to the back. I don’t like it and I don’t think they should be able to do that as well. Red Robin was very hospitable to my wife on her birthday.
Our family will go back to Red Robin again and again. The variety of hamburgers they sell is wonderful. The food is all served freshly made, fresh and hot. Their large french fries are very tasty, and you can eat all you would like.
1235 Commerce Boulevard
Dickson City Pennsylvania
Today I went over and checked out the new Sonic location. At first look I was impressed. Then I remembered all the traffic woes getting kids in and out of the school or If it was a big day at the stadium. It is really close to the school. Really close. I love Sonic, love SHS but really wonder if it was a wise decision to put Sonic at this location. Sure the teen’s on the tv show Happy Days were fine hanging out at the diner. But it’s 2011! I hate speed bumps but they better utilize some type of traffic and crowd control. Since they don’t have indoor seating expect a lot of people just hanging out. Which isn’t always a bad thing. Another concern is litter. People will eat while walking home and gently toss the garbage into wherever. I should apologize as just as much trash is tossed by careless adults. Enough negative!
On the plus side there is nothing like taking the family out and eating in the car. A tradition I grew up with. For me it was A&W or a hot dog place by our house. Having eaten at sonic numerous times the burger, onion rings and milkshake is the way to go! I am not sure when they will open, but I know it will be soon! You will be pretty close to the river trail. A great asset to the city and i cant wait to be able to ride all the way to Taylor on the Rails To Trails trail. Here is a Panoramic photo taken today.
Here it is almost summer and I have not had much food fun to write about. Dinner out has been scaled back. I did make a trip yesterday to “Five Guys”. One of our locations for a cheeseburger. My only complaint is when they wrap the cooked burger in foil the usually destroy the bun and smash the sandwich. So yesterday I thought I would get the burger on a plate with no bun. That’s not possible as they do not have plates. They gave me all the ingredients wrapped in foil. Unwrapping a pile of food from aluminum foil is pretty messy in itself. Now try using a knife on foil! It cuts and leaks everywhere. While u know there are lots of people who don’t eat wheat it seems to me that “Five Guys” could at least have a paper plate to give you. Just my complaint for the day. French fries are always good, they were a little on the greasy side at this meal. When you see the oil on the paper bag you know they were not allowed to drip clean. You will see that often where people remove the basket from the fryer and don’t give it a shake and a rest before dumping into the rack. They do have the best peanuts and still a pretty good burger. So if your looking for a bun free burger try Red Robin. They have plates!
San Fransisco bans toys in Happy Meals. When I first read this story today I thought well I guess that’s not so bad. The new law in San Francisco says that any meal which does not meet certain dietary requirements can not include a toy giveaway. There are so many reasons to keep kids from eating bad for you food. The free toy to me is irrelevant. There are times when a fast food meal is just that. A fast meal. I remember when the happy meal first appeared on the market and I loved the idea. It’s fine for a occasional treat. It’s actually better for a adult or child than the quarter pound burger. I still get the happy meal and I have a drawer filled with toys that I use as giveaways when kids visit my house. Toy or no toy I will still get the occasional happy meal.
Now that winter is almost here in Northeastern Pennsylvania we decided it was time to put away our big monster grill. It’s down a flight of steps and a few more feet from the house and I am at the grill. We decided to buy a small tailgater type grill and try using that. It really wasn’t a easy choice as this has become such a big market. You can spend $25.00 to $250.00 for a travel grill. We went to Lowes, Home Depot and Gander Mountain. Wal-Mart and Target dumped most of this stuff for Christmas decoration space. We settled for a small Coleman that looked like it would be perfect for two people. All of these grills use the disposable 16 ounce green bottles. We didn’t really want to use those bottles so we got a adapter to go from the big tank to the stove. Hooked it up and were ready to cook and…failure. The regulator was bad. We hooked it up to another tank and that did not work. So we packed the unit up and took it back to Gander Mountain. They were nice about it and cheerfully refunded our money. We looked at the grills at Home Depot and they did not have the smaller grills, so we went to Lowes. We found the grill we wanted and settled on the Weber 120. A small grill that is surprisingly well built. We got it home put a couple screws in and fired it up and that baby was cooking. We cooked a couple of those nice burgers we made from the meat from Bosak’s and they cooked to perfection. The cast iron cook top made for some nice grill marks. The unit cleans up easy and will be perfect to tailgate with this fall. The Coleman let us down and I was sad to see the quality just was not there. Weber made up for it with a quality product and we look forward to many years with our new travel grill.