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Bloomington, MN

Bloomington, MN

Stayed home again this past weekend and did have to have a lunch date at some point! We were out and about and decided to stop at Red Robin for burgers. It had nothing to do with me having a coupon!

I still like to find something healthy even if it is a burger. Red Robin now offers  Wedgie Burger, that makes you laugh just saying it! “Stacked with bacon, guac, tomato and red onion inside of a lettuce bun, then wrapped for easy handling—this 450-calorie protein powerhouse of a burger is full of flavor.” Of course I had to have the endless fries that came with it for $9.49

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My husband went all out and had the Whiskey River BBQ Burger. “Our smoky, tangy tribute to the Wild West. We roped together our signature bourbon-infused Whiskey River® BBQ sauce, crispy onion straws, Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. See if you can hang on to it for eight seconds.” for 10.69. It may have taken him all of eight seconds to eat it! Had a couple of baskets of the endless fries. 

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I would say that we had a good date. Being part of the Red Robin Rewards Club does have it benefits. I have already picked out what I want to try the next time we go.

Burnsville, MN

Decided to stay local this weekend and try a newer restaurant called JL Beer. Billed as a “Relaxed hangout featuring burgers with creative topping combos & an assortment of craft beers.“. It was so relaxed we only each got a glass of water in the 20 minutes we waited for service! So, we bagged it and left saying to our supposed waiter” Thanks for waiting on our table”. He just looked at us with a blank stare!

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What to do now since we were in the mood for a burger? Drove through the Burnsville Center parking lot, which was across the street and decided to try Lucky’s 13 Pub, just inside the mall. Great choice!luckys

The menu options were so much better than at JL Beer and the prices were comparable (even getting to choose between fries or onion rings . . . no extra charge!). The service was nonstop, bringing us water and taking our order within 10 minutes of being seated. I chose the Hawaiian Chicken with onion rings for $13.49 and my husband had the Mushroom Swiss burger with onion rings for $12.99 and a tall lemonade for $2.95 (free refills). Both were so filling I had to bring home a couple of the onion rings!

The Hawaiian chicken had a nice slice of fresh pineapple, ham, onion, teriyaki sauce and provolone served with 4 giant onion rings. I mean giant because each ring was about 1/3 of the onion. The Mushroom Swiss was a basic burger with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese also served with 4 giant onion rings.

It was worth walking out of JL Beer and walking into Lucky’s 13 Pub. I’m kind of curious to try the Mac & Cheese Burger!

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I would go back to Lucky’s just for the onion rings as a meal! Iffy on trying JL Beer anytime soon.

 

Eagan, MN Food Truck Festival

Eagan, MN Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival? With the choice of over 20 food trucks in a festival atmosphere we decided to give it a try. Not disappointed! This is the first year for the festival in Eagan, MN and I can not wait until next year when it will most assuredly be bigger!

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The first stop was at Porky’s Roadster for . . what else . .. a Porky’s Roadster. What a delight. This is a burger with pulled BBQ pork, cheese, pickles, tomato, shredded lettuce, and an onion ring in a giant bun. Well worth the $9.00

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Our second stop was at the Tot Boss Truck. The line was a bit long so should we wait? The line was moving along at a decent pace so we waited, about 20 minutes. I got the bacon wrapped tater tots with a bacon cheese sauce for $5. My husband got the loaded taters, similar to loaded nachos except using taters for $6. The tots were just the right crispness and dipped in a cheese sauce I could have had another! The loaded tots were gone in an instant.

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As I said I cannot wait for next year! Listened to wonderful music by Boogie Wonderland while enjoying the last days of summer.

Washington DC

I have landed in Washington DC and the temperature is in the 100’s. Staying at the Sheraton National, which is within walking distance of Arlington Cemetery and some of the other area attractions. Saw the Washington Monument all lit up as we drove in, as well as the Pentagon.

Now, to find some food. Decided to try the Potomac Lounge at the Sheraton for something not too heavy since it is late. Chose the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread. Good choice. The chicken was a little spicy, but meshed well with the vegetables on top of a not too crusty flatbread. Cost: $8.95. I had enough left over for lunch the next day!

My friends had the “Best Burger”. They were definitely a meal, served with applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle and topped with a battered onion ring. They must have enjoyed them because their plates were emptied! Cost: $13.95.

The bar served up some pretty amazing looking drinks including some unique beers on tap. I, myself, was boring and had a soda. May next time I will have to try one of their margaritas!

Happy travels.

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