Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jinya Ramen Bar (Metrotown)

Jinya Ramen Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Met up with a friend on a rainy afternoon here. We dropped in shortly before Noon and it was maybe 1/3rd busy. Shortly after, the place was packed -- all tables and bar seating pretty much occupied.

As there were vegan options, I went vegan to try it out. DISCLAIMER: I am NOT vegan. Vegans, vegetarians, and other limited-diet people sort of have a beggars-can't-be-choosers position so they may rate the vegan fare here higher. I'm omnivorous so I'm probably more critical here.
My friend's spicy meatball ramen had a much tastier (and spicier) broth, so overall you will probably have a tastier time here than if you go vegetarian. After all, flavourful broth is one of the main things about ramen.

TIP: Be careful ordering drinks and extras as there's a lot of soup here. The bowl is sharply tapered so there *may* be a bit less soup than other ramen places, but probably not by much.

Price seems pretty steep but is only a couple dollars more than say, Fat Mao Noodles. Tea is $2. But you probably don't want to order a drink anyway since you want to save room to drink up your noodle broth.

Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen ($16.80) vegetable broth, tofu, onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic chips, garlic oil, chili oil, sesame seeds; served with thick noodles
  • When I saw "creamy" I thought the broth would be thicker and richer, but... no.
  • Maybe because it's a veggie broth, the whole thing was on the bland side and thankfully there were condiments at the table to rescue this dish.
  • The menu lists all sorts of flavourful ingredients but somehow it still manages to be on the blander side overall.
  • For a vegetarian dish it;s pretty pricey compared to their meatier offerings.
  • Pass on this and go vegetarian elsewhere.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Festal Cafe

Festal Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Casual get-together with a friend at The Festal Cafe today, during a weird limbo dead time between lunch and dinner so there were just a couple of patrons in the otherwise spacious diner of communal benches.

The food was actually surprisingly good, and not much to complain about for the price, especially considering it's downtown location.

Spicy Chicken & Waffles ($14.55) local free-range chicken breast, wild boar bacon, real maple syrup, no grain waffle bread, coleslaw, side of cassava chips
  • I would really have liked to know it was going to be a cold sandwich.
  • Not skimpy with the slab of chicken, and for all white meat chicken breast, it was actually fairly moist and tender.
  • Overall I thought this was really not that great in composition. If you deconstruct it you do find a nice slab of chicken sitting in coleslaw.
  • Those cassava chips are winners. Really good crunch to them without any oil.
Butternut Lasagna ($14.95) local grass-fed beef, butternut squash, spinach, cashew cheese, creamy coconut tomato sauce and fresh Italian herbs and spices
  • Medium slab for your money but tastes good and pretty filling. Really, really, decent offering for the price.
  • Felt more like some kind of meat loaf rather than layered lasagne But never mind that, it's tasty.
TIP: Service stations have stacks of paleo "cheat sheets" that give you a quick primer on what's allowed for the paleo diet.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pictures will be gone soon

A lot of pictures on this blog will soon disappear. I was using Flickr but in 2018 they changed management and shortly after they announced that non-Pro accounts would be limited to 1000 pictures. I really didn't want to restart elsewhere so I'm going to just let them wipe it.

You can still access a lot of my pictures on Yelp or Zomato however, where I also uploaded most of them.

The Old Spaghetti Factory Red Thai Curry Linguine

The Old Spaghetti Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
I wish I didn't have to go back to The Old Spaghetti Factory, but it wasn't my choice of venue. In any case, after a couple of duds previously I definitely wanted to order something different and went with the first recommendation I got.

The "It's All Included" feature of The Old Spaghetti Factory means you get among other things choice of soup. I went with their standard Minestrone Soup which is actually decent -- except this time it came lukewarm, which totally killed it. FAIL.

Red Thai Curry Linguine with Prawns or Chicken ($16.50) light red curry and coconut milk mixed with sautéed peppers and choice of prawns or chicken an topped with fresh cilantro
  • There was negligible curry flavour. If not for the name I couldn't tell this was a curry sauce at all. FAIL.
  • There's coconut flavour and thankfully a not-too-skimpy amount of meat here. Sauce is also generous without your pasta swimming in it.
  • Sweet pepper bits were quite a jarring contrast as you eat this.
  • Overall sweet with sour aftertaste.
  • Buzz in the mouth but no actual spicy heat.
Pass on this overpriced offering and try something else.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tipper Linguine Tip

The Tipper Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Back to The Tipper. After my mediocre experience last time, I normally wouldn't go again, but I was there to meet someone and it was their choice, so I had to make the best of it. I was careful not to order the same thing at least.

Linguine Tip ($15.50) sautéed sweet peppers, mushrooms, avocado, feta in a Cajun cream sauce. Pasta sauces are made to order served with grilled garlic bread.
  • This was actually pretty decent. Price feels a bit steep (after tax and tip you're close to $20 for this one plate) but they aren't skimpy on the mushrooms and feta and giving you a half avocado.
  • Sauce was alright and with spicy-heat bite so be careful if you can't handle the heat. Not super tasty but nothing bad per se, certainly not a thin sauce. Noodles well coated instead of pasta drowned in an excess of sauce for you to sort out yourself.
  • "Garlic bread" seemed more like toast with garlic-less butter. But it's more or less what you get if you buy one of those take-home-to-bake garlic breads from the supermarket.
Overall not bad for price and definitely way better than the burger I had last time.

2018-Nov-8 The Tipper - Linguine Tip

Friday, October 26, 2018

Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

My mom had a sudden craving for BBQ chicken and fairly dashed out to Walmart for their 2-for-$15 800g chicken promotion, only to find out that the Metrotown Walmart didn't carry them at all! So she went to Superstore for their 1 kg chickens and bought just one.

It turns out the chicken is actually really rather decent. The main things I checked were the breast meat and whether the chicken was cooked through.

They probably brined the chicken because the breast meat was really quite moist and tender. Often poultry that hasn't been brined before being roasted ends up with breast meat so dry you need a soft drink or gravy to help you choke it down.

Whenever you buy one of these chickens from anywhere, I recommend you don't count on eating the whole thing at a picnic or other no-access-to-cooking space just in case some parts of the chicken turn out not-so-cooked.
With this particular chicken however, only the deepest part of the thigh showed any sign of being very, very, slightly undercooked, with a small section of slightly pink meat clinging to the bone. No blood and nothing chewy or raw looking.
Meat was tender overall -- enough for me to literally just pull out a thigh without cutting anything.

There's a decent amount of sauce/drippings in the package, and the seasoning here is only slightly spicy-hot giving a light buzz in the mouth IF you use a lot of the pan drippings. Predominantly, however, you taste a tangy lime flavour, which I find helps with appetite when you're slogging through a lot of meat.

Overall, this was a nicely done chicken and priced at less than a fast food burger combo for a lot more food.

2018-Oct-26 Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

2018-Oct-26 Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

2018-Oct-26 Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

2018-Oct-26 Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

2018-Oct-26 Superstore Portuguese Style Seasoned Whole Chicken

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Thanksgiving at Seasons in the Park

Seasons in the Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Thanksgiving Weekend, and I dragged my out-of-town friend to Seasons in the Park for dinner with a view.

So many things wrong with that.

First, the view. Yes it's there, but once it's dark out, the reflections on the window glass can obscure some of it. If you're not taking pictures, that's not a problem and there are the city lights and skyline to make for quite a nice view.
Still, I'd recommend not going before sundown if a view is what you are after.

Second, Thanksgiving dinner. You're not locked into the set menu with Thanksgiving turkey, but there's only so much they can do to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner that what will end up being special is likely to be the appetizer and dessert. In short, before you go to any restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner, make sure it's not going to be about the food. About the view, the ambiance, the service -- sure. For turkey dinner, do your research first.
Seasons served up a very traditional nothing-interesting turkey dinner plate and I passed in favour of the day's special, a delicious ravioli.

It was Thanksgiving so I couldn't secure a reservation for an earlier dinner so we had to settle for something almost at 8pm. There were still many occupied tables and larger parties, though. Service is good, friendly and not pushy. Very understanding about things if you spent your time chatting with your dining buddy instead of studying the menu -- which is much appreciated. And one of the reasons to go to Seasons if you want fine dining AND actually spending face time with your friends instead of eat-and-go. A pleasantly unhurried experience.

Complimentary Bread
  • Looks like exactly the same bread and butter as at their sister restaurant Cardero's, so it very well might be shipped in from elsewhere. Still it didn't seem at all like it had sat around too long, so can't complain. The bread it actually really decent.
Seasons Mushrooms ($14) crab, shrimp, cream cheese
  • Cream cheese stuffed mushroom caps. Light, creamy, very rich.
  • If they don't bring a spoon, ask for one right away. And maybe save some bread for the cream cheese mess you're gonna leave behind in the dish because it's that soft and creamy.
  • Simple, delicious, and fun to eat. But ultimately, it scores a FAIL -- because the menu indicated crab and shrimp and maybe the light was too dim but I really didn't detect them in sight, taste, or texture. If it were there in any significant quantity the cheese overwhelmed it.
  • If you don't mind this detail, it's actually a really nice appetizer and a goodly portion. They are not skimpy here with portion and a couple of appetizers carefully chosen could total a filling meal.
2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park - Seasons Mushrooms

Fried Artichokes ($12) tempura battered, lemon tarragon aioli
  • I don't often see artichoke on the menu so obviously I had to order it for science.
  • Up front they tell you it's tempura battered so it's hard to fault when it comes out fresh but oily. It's oily because they didn't let it sit around too long trying to get the oil sponged out with a kitchen towel. So, definitely use the aioli provided, which is rather tasty.
  • Don't worry about overdoing the aioli because the artichoke doesn't have that much flavour. The texture, however, is interesting, for being very meaty without actually being meat.
2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park - Fried Artichokes

Squash Ravioli special of the day ($29)
  • Can't remember what the server said about this but it was a slightly lighter plate (which was nice as I had the two appetizers, and in total a rather full dinner with no room for dessert) and rich and tasty.
2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park- ravioli special of the day

2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park- ravioli special of the day

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner ($27 as part of prix fixe three-course Thanksgiving dinner)

2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park- Oven Roasted Turkey / Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Pumpkin Crème Brulee ($6 as part of prix fixe three-course Thanksgiving dinner)

2018-Oct-8 Seasons in the Park - Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Cardero's Restaurant

Cardero's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Walked in to Cardero's shortly before the start of their happy hour. Basically there for a snack and a break in between my friend's sightseeing. Given the hour being firmly between lunch and dinner I didn't really think anyone would necessarily expect us to be there for either lunch or dinner. Restaurant was pretty quiet as expected, with maybe three tables occupied in total.

Nevertheless we got a pretty condescending server who seemed to look down on us not ordering drinks (neither of us were drinkers) and ordering only lightly (no I wasn't there for either lunch or dinner). God knows what sort of attitude we'd have gotten if we arrived later and asked for the Happy Hour menu. Obviously that's for cheap people, right? In any case, the more attitude I get the less I'm inclined to order.

And speaking of the Happy Hour menu, I saw an avocado salad (?) on it that wasn't on the regular menu so I asked about it. And got a pointed reply that it was only on the Happy Hour menu, which was at the bar. Honestly I didn't see what the big deal would have been in a practically dead quiet time for the restaurant to get us a salad from the bar along with the other things we ordered.

Italian Meatballs ($14) roasted roma tomato sauce, grana Padano, fresh basil
  • The price may look daunting but if you don't blink at ordering a burger for the same price, you're getting more than the meat and just none of the fluff of a burger for the same.
  • Meatballs were nicely tender but not so much as to fall apart. Strong on spices to make it flavourful and not too salty. The sauce wasn't too salty either.
  • Ask for a spoon right away so you can get at the sauce. And save some of your complimentary bread for it too.
  • Overall, pretty decent and if you're a really light eater, call it your main and don't share.
2018-Oct-3 Cardero's - Italian Meatballs

2018-Oct-3 Cardero's - Italian Meatballs

My friend got a Mediterranean Salad ($15) of moderate portion size. Said it was good. I didn't try it.

Dessert of the day ($9.50) - Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Mediocre. Nothing special here, so save your $9.50 and either get something else or go get a whole pie or cheesecake from your local supermarket.
  • Toffee (?) swirl on the plate tasted very watery thin.
2018-Oct-3 - Cardero's - Pumpkin Cheesecake

The complimentary bread. Not toasty warm when it hit the table but the bread itself is really decent.

2018-Oct-3 Cardero's - complimentary bread

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Back to The Old Spaghetti Factory. Not my choice of venue -- I was there for an event -- so that may bias me especially as I wasn't impressed at all last time. Keep this in mind!

Minestrone Soup
  • For the "It's All Included" soup, this time I went with the basic offering, and thankfully it was actually really decent. Spicy with slight peppery (?) heat. Good as an appetizer.
2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - minestrone soup

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - minestrone soup

Spinach Salad ($10.50, extra for optional chicken or prawns) Prepared with almonds, apples, and cranberries with our own Honey Dijon dressing and topped with creamy goat cheese
  • Price is weak for portion considering it's mostly spinach (hey, it's a salad!).
  • You'd probably do just as well if you got Honey Dijon dressing from a supermarket and make up a salad yourself. Which is not to say it tastes bad. It's just that it's mediocre.
  • Where a restaurant can really show value is in the additional ingredients / garnishes that the average person might not be bothered to get for a home-made salad. Either fancy ingredients, or a generous helping. Here, there is neither.
2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - spinach salad

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - spinach salad

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - tea and ice cream

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Green Basil Lunch Special

Green Basil Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Treated my friend for her birthday and she had a craving for Thai from her tried-and-true near-her-neighbourhood Thai place, Green Basil.

The free stuff that comes with your meal is really sad but don't worry, your actual order will actually be good!

Service on the Sunday afternoon was prompt, attentive, and not pushy. Awesome!

Spring Rolls
  • Came with our order.
  • Maybe because it was freshly fried and not allowed to sit around and get soft and soggy (and also drain of oil), this tasted kinda oily.
  • Sauce was so thin as to barely taste like anything at all but I think it was supposed to be that sweet garlic-chili sauce. Maybe.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - spring rolls

Tom Yum Soup (?)
  • Came with our order. Really kinda thin tasting.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - tom yum soup?

G17M. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice, served in young coconut ($13.50 lunch special price)
  • This was actually really tasty. And with a tightly packed bowl of rice, price for portion is really decent for a filling meal.
  • "Tiger prawns" were just prawn sized -- which is to say, definitely bigger than a shrimp but not so big to really wow anyone. Forgot to keep count but I think there were four prawns.
  • Had some real heat to it too, which I liked. Rated three chilies for spicy-heat on the restaurant menu so you can expect one-chili to be barely a tingle on your tongue.
  • They also diligently scraped that coconut of the flesh so there's no waste (and no reason to cart that coconut shell home either) and it's quite a "meaty" feeling curry as well.
  • They might take your plate away. Make sure they don't or ask for a plate and utensils. It's very much more convenient to empty the rice and curry onto a dinner plate and mix it up.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - G17. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice

2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - G17. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice

39M. Phat Thai noodle with shrimp & ground peanuts ($10.50 lunch special price)
  • My friend's go-to order at Green Basil.
  • Decent tasting, sweet, with just a tingle of heat. Price for portion is fair too.
2018-Sept-23 Green Basil - 39M. Phat Thai noodle with shrimp & ground peanuts

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Tipper

The Tipper Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Dropped in here for a function that happened in the back room with a stage for performances!

Veggie Burger ($13.50 + $0.50 for soup of the day) Grilled tempeh patty, feta cheese, toasted kaiser bun, crisp spring mix, lush tomato & sweet onion. Vegan patty is available on request
  • Average sized burger with no fancy construction.
  • Bun seemed a bit over toasted but that's probably personal preference.
  • Patty was some dark mash with visible whole black (?) beans.
  • Strangely amazingly bland, which was terribly disappointing. I had to use the shakers of pink salt on it. Pass on this and try something else.
  • Soup of the day was potato broccoli and amazingly thick, which means it helps make this a filling meal. So thick you could scoop it up with the crackers provided.
Waitstaff friendly, laid-back, and not pushy about ordering at all.

2018-Aug-13 - The Tipper - Veggie Burger

2018-Aug-13 - The Tipper - Veggie Burger

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fat Mao Noodles

Fat Mao Noodles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Was wandering around Chinatown with a friend. Totally impromptu drop-in. Tight busy place even past 7pm on a Friday, so like us you might be asked to share the seven-seat communal table with another small party.

This is a NOODLE place. It's not a Chinese place. It's not a Singaporean place. It's not even a ramen place. You get noodles in tasty soup. Don't go here for ethnic or authentic or whatever. Go for noodles in tasty soup, and filling portions for a decent price.

Roti ($5.99)
  • Decent curry sauce but could really use some spiciness/heat to it. OK roti prata.
  • $6 for this measly amount? Pass. Get your roti from Amay's House instead where you'll get a big piece about four times as much roti than what's on this plate. The curry there is also better -- tastier and richer.
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Roti

Koh Soi Chicken Curry Noodle ($14.99) braised chicken thigh, turmeric curry, served with wonton noodles and crispy noodles
  • It says "curry" but there's nothing spicy/hot here. In fact, the soup is really quite sweet. And yeah, it's rich.
  • Soup is very delicious! I'd order it at a few bucks less and minus the fancy dressing-up. You'll wanna drink it all except you might be too full to do it, especially if you had ordered extra noodles or a drink.
  • You don't get a choice of noodle here. In some noodle orders you get to choose what you want or from a couple of options.
  • Crispy noodle is more fun than actually tasty.
  • Lime slice didn't seem to do anything for me. Might want to save it as a refreshing end to your meal, especially if you're finding the curry overly rich.
  • Totally unnecessary chunk of fall-off-the-bone tender chicken. On it's own its so un-special as to be on the bland side. Eat it with the curry and you taste the curry because it's that flavourful, rich, and delicious.
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Koh Soi

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Koh Soi

Tom Khaa ($13.99) Coconut and Mushroom Noodles. Creamy dom ka soup infused with galangal, chillies, and a mix of mushrooms.
  • My friend's order. She couldn't finish it. There's a lot of soup in each bowl!
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Tom Khaa

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Tom Khaa

Friendly, unpretentious, un-pushy service.

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - food menu

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato It's been a long time since I've been to The Old Spaghetti Factory -- long enough that I really didn't remember anything about that. Wouldn't have gone except there was a group meet there, so keep in mind this review is based on large-party auto-gratuity service.

Their mains come "It's All Included", meaning theoretically you get:
  • Italian Sourdough Bread with Whipped Garlic and Plain Butter. This is not garlic bread. This is bread you cut yourself, and soft butter supposedly with garlic mixed in.
    • We were in a group so they brought a few plates of this and sprinkled it about the long table. I specifically asked for it later in the evening when the bread had run out and never saw it. Maybe it was brought to the table elsewhere but it's a long table and as I specifically asked for it, I really did expect that it would land closer to me if not brought right to me.
  • Soup OR salad
    • Small bowl of Minestrone Soup, or upgrade to Clam Chowder or French Onion Soup for $2.50. Quantity is maybe a cup and a half at best.
    • Crisp Green Salad, or upgrade to Small Caesar or Spinach Salad for $2.00
  • Spumoni Ice Cream
    • Choices were vanilla or "spumoni".
    • "Spumoni" was an ice cream mix. On the night I was there, it was pistachio and chocolate. If you wiki'ed it -- no there's no candied anything. Quantity is just around 1 scoop.
  • Hot Tea or Coffee
    • Nope. I didn't get that nor was I offered it.
Clam Chowder soup upgrade (+$2.50 with order of main)
  • Hard to find any clams amid the carrots and potatoes. When I did find something chewy I actually wasn't sure if it weren't bacon.
  • Soup had good bacon flavour though and thankfully wasn't thin.
2018-Jul-24 The Old Spaghetti Factory - +$2.50 clam chowder soup upgrade

Spaghetti with Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese ($13.95)
  • One of my pet peeves is when a restaurant writes up something as being way more special and interesting than it really is. Here, it's "signature Mizithra" that is "deliciously salty".
  • Nothing special here. You could do better with plain ricotta cheese over lightly buttered spaghetti.
  • Absolutely do not order this.
  • Gets cold fast, probably because there's no sauce to help keep it hot.
  • You could try to rescue it with the garlic butter from your bread -- if you got any.
2018-Jul-24 The Old Spaghetti Factory - Spaghetti with Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

2018-Jul-24 The Old Spaghetti Factory - Spaghetti with Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

"Spumoni" ice cream from "It's All Included"

2018-Jul-24 The Old Spaghetti Factory - ice cream

Service was bizarre. They didn't try to take everyone's order, which was okay because people dropped in to the table during the first half hour of the reservation time. However, people who came later to the group table were asked about drinks and main first.
When I asked for my bill the auto-gratuity was mentioned and I was asked if it were okay. Huh? Do I get a chance to refuse it and add my own gratuity amount?
I don't really mind auto-gratuity -- as long as everyone at the table actually got reasonably personalized service since the auto-gratuity amount is on par with personal table service gratuity. But when you get less than what you paid for and less service -- it feels like a restaurant scam.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Red Robin Birthday Burger

Red Robin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
For being a part of the Red Robin Royalty program, every year Red Robin gives me a free birthday burger! I usually go with a friend who likes Red Robin burgers, and this year she ate my burger while I got a non-burger menu item from Red Robin. Last year my friend got a veggie fajita at the Red Robin downtown location and was quite pleased with it, so I gave it a go.

Veggie Fajitas ($14.99) Seasoned vegetables, black beans, mushrooms, cabbage and carrots. Served with Cheddar, salsa, sour cream and warm flour tortillas.
  • Tortilla filling come literally steaming hot to your table in a hot dish to help keep it hot. You assemble your own tortillas and when you run out you can ask for more. The kitchen does them in batches so you can't really ask for, say, exactly two more tortillas.
  • Did they forget the seasoning? Tasted horrible and with a bitter aftertaste, probably from the bell peppers.
  • Fortunately made palatable by the salsa, sour cream, cabbage, and cheddar cheese. Shredded cabbage is hiding under the sour cream.
  • Just the flavour is enough to not recommend it. The one redeeming quality however is that this is quite a lot of food and you probably don't need to steal any of your friend's bottomless fries.
2018-Jul-22 Red Robin - veggie fajita

2018-Jul-22 Red Robin - veggie fajita

2018-Jul-22 Red Robin - veggie fajita

2018-Jul-22 Red Robin - veggie fajita

Hop-Salt Fries ($6, bottomless) Steak fries hand-salted and seasoned with Tettnang and Hallertau hops, inspired by Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • DISCLAIMER: I don't drink beer! I ordered these for, you know, science. And for everyone else who doesn't drink beer and is curious but doesn't want to be down $6 yet no wiser. I knew going in it was probably going to be bitter -- I was just hoping for "interesting" too.
  • Strongly bitter aftertaste from the seasoning, enough to make you forget any saltiness that might be on it. You are probably supposed to also eat them with the "Signature Beer Flight" ($4.50) seasonal special currently available. You will already have had a mouthful of bitter stuff and these bitter fries won't faze you at all.
  • If you don't drink beer, chances are you will think "what the hell"? At that point you can either give your order away to a beer-drinking buddy who might possibly appreciate whatever subtle hops flavours are here... or just slather it with the condiments at the table. Heinz ketchup does a fine job of rescuing these fries, and you don't even need that much.
2018-Jul-22 Red Robin - Hop-Salt Fries and fajitas for veggie fajita order

Friendly smiling service on a very hot Sunday afternoon. Not pushy at all about drinks, which I really like, especially when some days you just can't lunch considerable portions and might not even be able to finish one of Red Robin's considerable-portion drinks.