Simple Fare

Johnny Rockets @ SLC

Many of us grew up with “Happy Days” and watched “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. So when we visit the US of A, we would naturally gravitate towards a diner for a quick meal.

Diners are a special sort of restaurant; in general, they are warm, cozy, and casual. Many diners across the US are starting to offer cocktails and specialty coffee drinks, and lots are open late or even 24 hours. The diner is a rather American tradition, and often serves American classic comfort foods, such as eggs & pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, fries, and local favorites.

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American diner

Johnny Rockets is more like a burger joint that tried to emulate the diner experience.

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Banana milkshake

Milkshakes were the original best sellers in McD, but Johnny insisted on hand-spinning all their milkshakes from scratch. All of Johnny Rockets’ shakes are hand-dipped, & hand-spun and are made with the finest USDA certified premium vanilla ice cream, whole milk, quality ingredients and real whipped cream.

After the banana shake is poured into a glass, it’s topped with whipped cream and garnished with pieces of banana. It was sweet, creamy, and delicious. The flavour was, unsurprisingly, not too complex – just straightforward flavours we are all familiar with. Vanilla ice cream with bits of banana inside. Needless to say, a great way to start off my meal.

Starters

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Crispy cheddar bites

Never in your cheesiest dreams could you imagine this. Johnny Rockets has launched a seasonal menu, featuring over-the-top items filled with more cheese.  Crispy Cheddar cheese bites, served with Johnny Rockets’ ranch dressing.

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Onion rings

The signature sourdough onion rings were hot and crispy, but not much onion taste.

Burgers

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Three-cheese burger with tots

The month of May is national hamburger month and marks the 100th anniversary of the hamburger’s introduction at the World’s Fair in 1904. Many people try to stake claim in the creation of the modern day hamburger. In fact, some Texans believe the real beginning of the hamburger was when Fletch Davis took raw hamburger steak and placed it on his grill and fried it until it was a crisp brown on both sides. Word spread about the new sandwich and soon Davis began selling the ground beef patty sandwich at the amusement area, including the St. Louis World’s Fair. The hamburger grew in popularity during the early part of the 20th century and soon became an American icon.

Three-cheese burger with tots is another seasonal offering. Topped with melted American, Swiss & Cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, fresh lettuce & tomato, grilled onions, crisp pickles, and mayo on a warm Brioche bun.

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Route 66

Johnny Rockets introduced its summer offerings in 2015 with a variety of flavours that honour the iconic Route 66 which runs between Chicago, Illinois and  Santa Monica, California. The Route 66 burger was what remained from that menu – a delicious grilled Angus beef patty covered with Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, caramelised onions, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Reminded me of the Burger King’s Mushroom Swiss Burger.

Dinner in a diner

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Waiting for Fonz to appear

They tried to update their look and feel but failed. It’s the diner atmosphere that everyone was craving for. The burgers were delicious, hit the spot when needed. It’s to exactly that out of range, you can place it between the gourmet range of McD and a In-n-out to a Shake Shack.

The main colours are red and white. Every Johnny Rockets restaurant offers its guests simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites, including juicy hamburgers, hand-dipped shakes and malts and freshly-baked apple pie. Guests also enjoy an all-American diner look and feel, servers who know the secret behind getting ketchup out of the bottle, tabletop jukeboxes that belt out tunes for a nickel, and authentic decor.

Service was great. Our waiter even offered to let us takeaway our drinks if we want. Really enjoyed the dinner.

Johnny Rockets (City Creek)
36 South State St., Unit 240, Salt Lake City, UT 84103,USA
Tel : (801) 441-1660

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Date Visited : Jan 2020

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