I can sum up my food choices in college in two words: cheap and quick. Ramen noodles were a pantry staple. I tried to spice up the noodles from time to time (adding veggies or chicken), but not once did I think to use the noodles to create a hamburger bun.
Fortunately, there’s a culinary genius (Keizo Shimamoto) who did just that, and it’s been blowing diners’ minds in select U.S. cities since 2013.
Fast-forward three years and several different variations of Shimamoto’s “Ramen Burger” have made their way onto the culinary scene. But Red Robin is the first to dish up its own version — called the “Red Ramen Burger” — at restaurants nationwide (for a limited time).
“We closely follow emerging trends, and when the ramen burger first debuted, our culinary team worked to develop Red Robin’s take on the foodie favorite, enabling us to be the first to offer it nationally,” said Jonathan Muhtar, Red Robin’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, in a press release.
For a limited time, you can sink your teeth into the highly sought after burger sensation at your local Red Robin. The Red Ramen Burger is served on a crispy seasoned ramen bun, topped with teriyaki and Chiu Chow aioli, fried jalapeno coins, chili-infused shredded cabbage, carrot and onion, and garnished with fresh basil.
The fast-casual restaurant chain is also offering a sweet deal on the unique burger this month. Red Robin has declared Tuesday, April 19, Red Ramen Day. It’s offering the burgers at a $2.22 discount all day.
But if you’re a college student, you can score an even better deal! Keeping in mind college students’ affinity for the noodles, the first 22 students in the door at Red Robin with a valid student ID will get the ramen burger and bottomless steak fries for just 22 cents. That’s the average cost of an actual packet of ramen. You can’t beat that!
I’m not going to lie, if there was a Red Robin closer than a four-hour drive, I would definitely try out this tasty sensation.
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