Updated 12/28/2011: Red Robin now offers a Gluten-Free Hamburger Bun (GF Buns made by Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods) at all local Red Robin restaurants.
GF Menu: Yes! They provide a several-page addendum to the menu, which lists the suggested items, items to avoid, and an expiration date based on rotating menu schedules. Here is a link to their current Allergen Menu from the Red Robin site.
What I ate: Red Robin Bacon Cheeseburger
How to order it: Ask the server for the Gluten-Free menu. Once you’ve made your selection, remind them that you are ordering the GF version of that item. Easy!
What it looks like:
Red Robin makes their GF burgers fun and portable by substituting lettuce wedges for a bun. It works! I was able to hold on to this burger without it falling apart. The fresh lettuce and the three slices of hickory-smoked bacon provide a satisfying crunch around the juicy burger and fresh tomatoes.
Since this is the GF version, there is no Red Robin Seasoning on the beef patty, but I didn’t miss it. The “bottomless” potato wedges are fresh out-of-the-fryer.
Green Note: Red Robin’s website has an Environmental Stewardship Page. Just one of their efforts replaces standard light bulbs with LEDs (I hope that these are “standard” light bulbs soon!) in their company-owned restaurants. This effort alone (and the following text is taken from their website) is expected to save more than 5 ½ million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. In terms of the impact on our environment, this is roughly equal to:
- Planting 923 acres of trees
- Removing 4,060 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually
- Taking 744 cars off the road for a year