The hamburger, America’s national meal, has always been served during Independence Day cookouts and the competitive-eating portion of presidential debates. Show off articulate taste buds with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet burgers, fries, and shakes at Red Robin. This Groupon is valid at four area locations: Enfield, Manchester, Milford, and West Hartford.
The chefs at nationwide burger trendsetter Red Robin outfit never-frozen patties with unexpected toppings such as garlic-parmesan butter and poblano peppers to create a dozen distinctive burgers bolstered by a lineup of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and desserts. The eponymous Royal Red Robin burger ($9.49) sits under an umbrella of fresh fried egg and applewood-smoked bacon, and the southwestern accouterments of the Santa Fe burger ($9.29), including fire-roasted poblano pepper, guacamole, and chipotle mayo, leave the tongue stamped with a miniature Georgia O'Keefe painting. Pair your gourmet burger with a beverage buddy, such as a frosty mug of micro-brewed craft beer, or a specialty drink from Red Robin's full bar. Chicken sandwiches also abound, from a smoky stack basted in Whisky River barbecue sauce ($9.79) to bistro-style bruschetta chicken ($10.49) layered with house-made salsa, provolone, and balsamic cream on ciabatta bread. Sweet enough to turn your napkin into a valentine, a mint brownie shake blends Nestle Toll House confections with rich ice cream and a frothy cap of whipped cream. Chefs also sheath a trio of sandwich wraps ($9.99), toss meal-size salads ($7.99+), and crisp steak fries in trans-fat-free oil. Menus vary for each location and can be viewed online. Drop in on game day and gander at one of several big-screen TVs, or use your Groupon toward happy-hour food and drink specials, which vary by location.
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.