RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS



 RED ROBIN
GOURMET BURGERS 

            Countryside Mall LOCATION

            Sunday - Thursday: 11am-10pm   Friday - Sat: 11am-11pm

            27001 US Highway 19 North; #1130 
            Clearwater,  FL 33761    (727)726-7249


                        

 UPSCALE BETTER THAN MOST”
Red Robin does a good job in the Burger wars. It is basically a sit-down, slightly more expensive, upscale emporium of the burger arts.  Selection yes, quality yes, and more flavors of ground beef than you can imagine, constantly inventing ways to stack meat and other things on a bun.  
Naturally, they also serve other food staples like chicken, fish sandwiches, etc.  A pretty full menu but keying on super burgers with every kind of imaginable concoction on board and side dishes.

This is usually a very busy location, it’s on the side entrance to the largest mall in Countryside, less than 50 yards from the malls two level new Cinema and a Sears.  And there is a movie theatre.  We usually eat and then the movie so no desire for candied food from the grand kids or us.

It shares parking spaces on the west side of the mall with the Mega movie, PF Chang's, BJ, Whole Foods and Sears. And parking at some times can be frustrating, very frustrating. And on weekends it gets busy, so parking on the perimeter avoids door dings.  There is valet parking.

The staff is nice, the food gets out there pretty quick and the customer base is usually couples, four or five in family groups, and the usual gaggle of teens and parents shopping till they dropped. I always look at a dining experience from a culinary standpoint food, service, location, atmosphere. Food is King but theres the court.

For a mall location, especially a really big one they do a good job.

A GOOD PLACE WITH KIDS
Grandchildren (I know of three) who were weaned and addicted to Mac and Cheese, at an early age love this place and even the six year old orders all by herself...Mac and Cheese, apple juice and apple slices so it makes for frequent flyer Mac and Cheese miles.

The middle ones grab a burger. Why do I mention this? Because kids today have their own plans, they are fussy eaters, many brought up on fast food, and like many kids use food as a tool to get what they want. A smart grand parent would  give up arguing and arbitrating with children. 

You can’t win, but you can outsmart, and soon they will be returned to their parents. As one who cooked professionally they know better when they stay with me. I do not arbitrate with children.  I make two dishes and give them a choice.  A or B.  Not finishing results in not getting desert or snacks...

Our waitress on this the third trip was great, she had a few kids of her own and knew the drill so well, it really made for a pleasant experience, and took the weight off our backs. It was busy but a pleasant reminder to our server, finally produced the Broccoli which I prefer instead of my fries which the kids devoured with a pint of catsup.

The chain has the rewards program which are specials that change all the time especially during the off season and when the Moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter lines up with Mars we actually got a discount. Right place right time, what luck!

All in all, it’s a decent place, with good food and the location kept the peace with Grandkids, sometimes where you eat is as important as what you eat.... and when you want a classy location with good food that affordable, not a bad choice.  I never walked our hungry.


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