Red Robin

Last Activity: Feb 15th, 2013

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Location

11401 Pines Blvd #892
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(954) 447-3997
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.8
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Ambiance
Last Review: 07/24/12

Information

HoursSun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri/Sat 11am-11pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholFull Bar
OutdoorYes ReservationsNo
DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

Red Robin's long awaited re-emergence in Broward county came yesterday, when they opened in The Pembroke Pines Mall. If you've never been to Pembroke Pines, it's quite a haul from Fort Lauderdale. It doesn't "seem" that far, but Pines Blvd is one of the worst East-West drives in South Florida. I opted to take 595 to Route 75 and back door it. It's 27 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, which is the just about the same distance as Delray Beach.

This place is at the entrance to the mall, which is exactly where the one I used to go to 10 years ago at SmithHaven Mall on Long Island was situated. This store, however, looks nothing like the one's I've been to before. The one on long island had a big, raised bar area similar to TGIF; this one has a small area separated by glass barriers, and a small straight bar with about 10 seats and just 1 TV.

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I didn't like that they didn't seem to want to give me a table, which is what happens what you leave decisions up to 19 year olds; I guess if you're dining alone you have to eat in the bar area. There were some high tops so I grabbed one of those. The place is pretty open so it didn't really make much difference in the big picture.

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The Red Robin on Long Island was where I used to watch football at a time when very few places had the Sunday Ticket. By far my favorite item was the Buzzard wings, which were oversized drumettes that seemed too big to be chicken wings, which is how they got their name. They still have them on the menu, so I definitely wanted to try those. I ordered them while I decided what else to have. As I looked at the menu, I didn't recognize anything. They used to have a blackened chicken sandwich with onions and cheese on a kaiser roll; but now they just have a bunch of fancy sandwiches that don't sound very appealing. They have a wide range of burgers; they call their burgers "gourmet", just like every restaurant in South Florida now seems to have. I didn't find anything too exciting; I did ask why the double burger cost less than the single burger, and it seems that it's a slider. I decided on the Prime Chophouse Burger, which has mushrooms and crispy straw onions. I asked for it medium rare, but the new Red Robin doesn't do medium rare; so I had to settle for medium. Meanwhile my wings came out.

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As I looked at these, I had to figure out why I drove so far to come here. These were typical fast food chicken wings; the trademarked name "Buzzard wings" is now a ruse. Adding insult to injury was that it was all wingettes and no drumettes, which is the opposite of what they used to serve. As I was eating my 2nd wing, a manager came over and asked how everything was. He seemed unfamiliar with the original Buzzard Wings; I told him they used to be all big drums and now they are all wingettes. He looked at them for awhile and said that I should have gotten a few of each and that he'd have to have a talk with the kitchen. He offered me some fries but not drumettes which is what I would have liked. I had a burger coming so I wasn't going to eat all of the wings. The blue cheese was a good, chunky version and the wings were about the same as you'd expect to get in any fast food place. They're no longer special; the old Buzzard Wings were special.

The burger comes with what they call "Bottomless Steak Fries", which is just about the last thing that an even mildly health conscious person wants. It also diminished the Manager's offer, since I could have all of the fries I wanted anyway.

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The burger looked pretty good but not as good as it did in the pictures; in the picture it looks a bit more wobbly while this was a cookie cutter patty. Note that the "Prime" in the name is misleading; this is not prime beef. A couple of spurts of ketchup and it was decent. The fries were slightly undercooked but better than some fast food fries. At $9.39 this burger is no bargain. You can get a better burger than this at 5 guys for a lot less money.

The bottom line here is that anyone who is pining for the original Red Robin can just stop, because this place doesn't resemble the old place in any way. The store is more like TGI Friday than anything else, and the "Gourmet" burgers are only gourmet to people who have never had a burger any place other than a fast food restaurant. It's not a bad restaurant and the food isn't terrible. It's just not something I need to think about anymore.

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oliverReply

So are any Lum's going to come our way again? After looking at the "Gourmet" burger our reviewer had to stomach it reminded me of a Lum's Ollie Burger.
AdministratorReply
No Lums. Wouldn't matter. I was checking out Jack in the Box's menu and they don't even have a Taco Supreme anymore. These places are impostors.
You obviously don't know what the original Red Robin is about because it was in Seattle near the University of Washington campus and being from there and eating at the original restaurant I can tell you while some menu items have changed and it has become a lot more corporate chain restaurant it still has better food and atmosphere than most of their competitors. Any new chain restaurant shouldn't be judged on the first week of business while the 20 year old cooks are still learning how to make the menu items, as a result I wouldn't take too much from this review as a result.
AdministratorReply
Considering that you were 4 years old when I used to hang out at the Red Robin, I'm going to say with complete conviction that it's you who don't know what you're talking about. There was nothing wrong with the preparation. My comments are based on the juvenile atmosphere, the fact that the wings they serve don't qualify for the original meaning of "Buzzard Wings", and that the "Gourmet" burgers they serve are previously frozen patties.

Regardless of whether you've been to the original location, I'm sure the original location wasn't serving the original food during your conscious lifetime. I can say with utmost confidence that anyone who used to enjoy the Red Robin in the northeast in the 80s will be extremely disappointed in what it is today.
When will they be opening? Can wait to try them out.
AdministratorReply
They're hiring, so based on the Miami store, it should be a few weeks.
I was very anxious to try Red Robin, when I heard it was open at the Pembrook Pines Mall. However, after reading the review about not being able to get a burger the way I want it (rare), I will not be trying it out nor will I be recommending to friends. There are a few restaurants here in South Florida that will not cook hamburgers to order, and that makes me think that their beef is substandard, and they don't want to take a chance cooking a rare burger, as it might make someone sick. Now Red Robin joins that list, along with Applebies, Cheddars, and a few others.

Restaurants that are not afraid to cook rare/med. rare burgers are confident that their ground beef is first rate, and there is no chance of making a customer sick. Obviously the above restaurants are not confident in their ground beef purchase. Every restaurant needs to be confident in their meat purchases, to allow customers to get their meat they way they like it!

KJ
MarkReply
Yeaaahh.... why get all nostalgic and fuzzy over a piece of crap chain restaurant like this? I've eaten at the Kendall one a few times; the food sucks. If you like this, I have an amazing restaurant to tell you about called TGI Fridays. You've got to try their fresh-out-of-the-bag chicken fingers and French fries!
AdministratorReply
That's what nostalgia is. If they open a Beefsteak Charlies I'll get excited about that too. Most chains start out good and get worse over time. It was a pretty good chain 10 years ago, so I'll be able to give an assessment of how it's evolved.

Plus this page gets a LOT of page hits; it's the second most popular restaurant page on the site. Just because it doesn't interest you doesn't mean that it doesn't interest a lot of other people.
mikeReply
There was one in Boca Raton back in 95-96, on Glades and 441, it was a Bobby Rubino's and has been a Fridays since 98
AllanReply
the phone # of the Pembroke Pines FL location sounds like a fax machine...I hope theyre still open

BTW Glades & 441 used to be a Perkins on SW corner...
AdministratorReply
I fixed the phone#. It was incorrect.