Red Robin offers “bottomless fries” with many of its burgers. That is, if you order one of their burgers or other specified entrees, you can have as many fries as you can eat.
One of my favorite “tricks” to eating at Red Robin was to ask for the bottomless fries to be brought out immediately before the meal, so you have something to snack on while waiting for your burger to be cooked.
But no longer! Tonight, when I asked for my bottomless fries to be brought out earlier, I was told that it would cost an additional $2. What?!? So apparently refills of your fry basket are free, but only if you wait patiently for your hamburger. Two dollars isn’t a huge cost, but I don’t think I should have to pay more just to get started on a bottomless amount of fries a few minutes earlier.
It is really too bad. The whole bottomless fries “gimmick” was one of the things that contributed to a fun dining environment. Unfortunately, not being able to dig into the fries (without paying more) has taken away from the dining experience, so I’m probably less likely to dine there in the future. Sure, it has been a couple of years since I’ve been there anyway, but after bottomless disappointment tonight, I predict that it will be another couple of years until I go back.