Don’t Triple the Burger, Triple the Bacon



At @Applebee’s the Triple Bacon Burger is not a triple stacked bacon cheeseburger, as you might expect.  Rather it is a  bacon cheeseburger with triple the bacon.  Well, not actually triple, but they do trump the typical slices of bacon on top by also cooking bacon into the burger and including a bacon ranch sauce underneath.

wpid-20140915_124216_forsythe-ln.jpg.jpegFirst take?  It’s a good bacon cheeseburger.  I like the bun, the bacon was tasty, cheddar a good choice of cheeses.  It did not seem as overwhelmingly bacon as I might have expected, or even hoped for though.  The bacon ranch sauce was either too mild, or forgotten, as I really didn’t notice it at all.

What this all means is that I have to try it again.  Did my stacking excessive pickles on my burger take away from the bacon flavor?  Should I have asked for extra bacon ranch sauce?  I will be sure to update this review with the answers to these questions, and more….



At @RedRobinBurgers It’s Not Smoke & Mirrors

It’s Smoke & Pepper…


Yes, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a rather pretentious name for a burger chain, but I ask you to set aside any preconceived bias you may have and give this uniquely delightful offering a try. The Smoke & Pepper Burger is not your father’s Red Robin burger, that while good, was also comparable to so many similar chain establishments. No, the Smoke & Pepper Burger is a bacon cheeseburger with a twist. A few in fact, and all fit perfectly together.


From the sharp cheddar, heavily peppered bacon and unique spicy ketchup to the for once appropriate use of a ciabatta roll, it supplies a truly unique experience. Now maybe it just happens to be the exact combination of flavors that thrills my tastebuds most, or maybe you will also be delighted with this true Gourmet Cheeseburger.

I had an all around exemplary experience, with a surprisingly delightful meal and and an equally pleasant waitress.  Kim was perfectly attentive, sincere and friendly without being pushy or overbearing in any way.  I will make a note to ask for her section when I next visit Red Robin for another Smoke & Pepper Burger.

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That’s Nacho Brunch!

wpid-20140909_090352_heisley-rd.jpg.jpegIf there is one thing you can always count on, it’s Kayla’s culinary creativity.  Having already perfected the Breakfast Burrito and created a Desert Breakfast, she moved on to something new.  What she calls “Breakfast Nachos”, which are far more of a brunch for two.  They would make a perfect match to a quiet Sunday and a pitcher of Bloody Mary.  So much so in fact I could almost taste the Bloody Mary while I devoured them.  Complete with bacon, sausage, egg, cheese, and a hash brown garnish served over fried  tortilla chips, there is enough food here to summon a food coma from the perkiest of patrons.  The combination of Chipotle sauce and hot sauce liven it all up nicely and increase the suggestion that a Bloody Mary should be included.

Now I just wonder how she does with a Bloody Mary…….



Why Start the Day with Breakfast?

When you can start it with dessert?

wpid-20140808_083225.jpgThis had to be what was going through Kayla’s mind when she came up with this sweet concoction.  First she makes French Toast, but not just any French Toast.  Oh no, she make French Vanilla French Toast, and that’s just the base.  Then she tops this with a hearty glop of sweet strawberries, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of honey.

Estimated calorie content:  Astronomical!

When I finished this “breakfast” I was both pleasantly stuffed and on a sugar high for hours.  Luckily she doesn’t make this combination often or I would be fatter than I already am.