Although it may have fallen out of Top 40 rotation in the 70 years since it was sung by a burger-shop owner’s barbershop quartet, the song “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)” lives on in the legacy of a Seattle-based burger joint. The Red Robin franchise has spread its wings far and wide, now serving locations throughout North America with sustainably grown, environmentally conscious burgers and sides that marry classic American flavors with savory twists such as onion straws or bruschetta. Most of the shop’s fire-grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, and entrees come with a side of bottomless steak fries, allowing patrons to soak up the juicy Whiskey River barbecue sauce, melted blue cheese, and edible fedoras that top the menu’s varied eats. The staff are happy to help patrons pair their sandwiches with one of the full bar’s microbrews or specialty mixed drinks, keeping glasses filled while athletic superstars battle it out on the eatery's big-screen TVs.
Part diner, part living room, R House Restaurant combines classic Americana with the comfort of home. Its black-and-white checkered floors run up to the dine-in counter and butt up against the base of the working stone fireplace, whose hearth hoists a sign that reads family.
The nearby tables groan under the weight of homestyle food, including stacked sandwiches, 11 types of hot dogs, and fried platters. R House also serves breakfast all day, topping waffles with sweet fruit compote or wrapping kielbasa sausage and swiss cheese in the fluffy folds of an omelet. When it’s warm out and there’s no threat of killer butterflies, the dishes are whisked outside to a seating area that is pet friendly.
Owner Randy Price curates a creative menu of New Haven–style "apizza" in more than 30 styles. His team crafts fresh dough daily using unbleached flour, creates sauce from handpicked italian and chilean tomatoes, and sprinkles pies with cheese from home-schooled cows. The famous Challenger—a 22-inch pizza stuffed with a mélange of vegetables and meats that weigh in at nearly 10 pounds—presents the hungriest visitors with a challenge to conquer the hot wheel in an hour or less, a feat that has earned a place on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food roster of surmounted food battles.
Kneading fresh dough each day is the first step that Checkers Pizza's cooks take when preparing their savory pies. Next, they toss the dough by hand, creating a scrumptious bed for mozzarella cheese, housemade sauce, and an assortment of fresh vegetables and meats. The Checkers Challenger pizza, for example, is loaded with pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, onions, beef, and peppers. They also pile sausages and italian meats onto bread for grinders. The spot is known for quick, friendly service as well as satisfying eats.
Whether fresh or raw, the seafood at Asian Bistro comes tinged with Pan-Asian flavor. Opt for sushi rolls, such as the specialty volcano roll with spicy salmon, spicy tuna, and avocado, or take your fish fried or grilled with rice and veggies. A raw bar serves up fresh clams and oysters, and fish balls plumb the depths of noodle soups. Land-based dishes include spareribs and chicken, as well as smoothies and tea with optional flavored tapioca pearls.
OKI Asian Bistro's menu offers a sprawling variety that includes sushi, hibachi, and Thai. Fresh rolls contain fish such as tuna, salmon, or shrimp, while hibachi grills sear steak, chicken, or lobster tails. Fried rice and noodle options include pineapple or basil, while other entrees include ginger beef, yellow curry, and shrimp tempura.