March 15, 2012 Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Roadster Diner: New Menu, Added Choices, Same Taste
Out with the Guys Casual Dining Quick Eats

Phone Number: 1585

Address: Zalka main road, Jal El Dib, Metn, Lebanon


Price Range: 35-65 $


Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 8/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 24/30

Architecture / Interior: 8/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Value for money: 7/10

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As I  have already mentioned several times before in past reviews, Roadster has always been one of my favorite diners in town. I believe that the service, the food, the ambiance and always striving to change and innovate are but a few key elements that contributed to the success of Roadster Diner.
For the past month, people have been talking, gossiping and giving their opinion about Roadster's new menu, and to be honest, I could not say or judge before I actually went and tried it out myself. I was expecting the worst as I eagerly grabbed the first free time I had to go and try it. I want to see what was true and what was exaggerated.
Let's start by the few things I heard from friends and family...
  • Some said there was less choices on the menu. Many went to Roadster to have their favorite and very specific orders but they can't find it any more. The most complaint I heard and I second, is that we lost the famous LA 220 burger.
  • Items inside the menu are the same but shuffled around, loosing the customer's attention, and some had issues with the orders they made
  • Home deliveries were often cold. Two of my friend recently made the same comment.
  • I heard as well that the burger quality is not the same as it used to be.
I went to Roadster Downtown, Beirut last week and had a pleasant, unchanged experience than that I usually enjoy at my "still' favorite diner. I can assure you that Roadster is still the Roadster we know, only with an added twist of refinement.
The new menu is divided into different redefined sections that include: Inviting Starters, Filled and Folded, Fresh Crisp Salads, Savory Sandwiches, Home Style Pasta, Assorted Platters, Fiery Fajitas, Specialty Burger Platters, Divine Burgers and 220s, Rich Taste low-cal, All Day Long Brunch and Irresistible Desserts, like my old time famous Marble Mud Pie.
Next to each new item you can see some information highlighting the fact that these items are new: Curly Fries, Rd. Mini Burgers, Texas Steak, Ambassador Steak, Rd. Cheese at Heart, Rd. Texas Chicken, De-'Light-ful brownie.
And others platters have been enhanced in taste or have something changed in them like the Frankfurter, Philly Steak, Crispy Club, Swiss Mushroom, Low-cal Tuna.
For lunch that day I enjoyed the new Roadster Cheese at Heart Burger; the Roadster special patty stuffed with Swiss and Cheddar cheese, lettuce, crispy chips sprinkles with the classic burger sauce. It was delicious. New yet very tasty, with a soft bun, delicious fries accompanied with coleslaw salad. I was happy!
But this is a good opportunity for me to say that there is one thing that I would like to change at Roadster and that is it soft drink choice - Pepsi. I might be a Coke obsessed, and maybe a lot of people prefer Pepsi, but I have the right to choose which brand I want especially at a diner or other burger joints...
We have this choice abroad, but not in Lebanon and other parts of the Arab world.
I urge you, dear Roadster management, to please allow us, your loyal customers,  the choice! I love Coke and I think its the tastiest drink on earth... so please reconsider.





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