Walking up to the Red Robin building in Spokane Valley, I could smell burgers—and they smelled good. I always consider it a good sign when a restaurant smells appetizing before you even walk in. Some places smell like old grease on the outside, which I find off putting. Red Robin smells like delicious burgers grilling.
There are three Red Robin locations in the Spokane area, and I’ve eaten at all of them multiple times. I generally like Red Robin’s food, although I will admit I don’t usually order their burgers. I do sometimes, but that Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Wrap is usually what I’m in the mood for. And their fries, of course.
I walked in just after the lunch rush, and found the restaurant still surprisingly busy. I didn’t wait more than a minute or so to be seated, and a few minutes later my server welcomed me and took my drink order. I asked for water, which was delivered very quickly and in a pleasantly large glass. I tend to drink a lot of water when I’m eating, so I was happy to see the default vessel was big.
Flipping through the menu, I found a page proclaiming Red Robin “the burger authority,” and informing me the restaurant has been in business since 1969. The chain was founded in Seattle, although its headquarters are now located in Colorado. At the time of this writing, there are over 500 locations scattered across the country.
Simply looking at the Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger was the high point of the meal, and although it was generally well-made, it has a few strikes against it. I would definitely order the burger again, keeping in mind what I learned this time. Or better yet, order one of the many other burgers Red Robin offers.
Combine the burger with bottomless fries for about $10, and it’s hard to go wrong with Red Robin. They have an extensive menu with tons of options for burgers, entrées, drinks, desserts, appetizers, and more. There really is something for everyone, which makes it a great place to come with your family.
If you enjoy Red Robin’s food, I suggest joining the Red Robin Royalty program. It’s free to sign up and you get a bunch of discounts and offers, including a free burger every year during your birthday month. (I’m not being compensated in any way to say this, I just want you to enjoy free food.)
Red Robin Spokane Valley
14736 E. Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99216