Wednesday, October 13, 2010

50's Nostalgia at Johnny Rockets

I started my chicken-fish diet a couple of weeks ago and no, it wasn't because I wanted to lose weight. But it was upon the advice of my doctor who once and for all knocked some sense into me. For those who know me, I am a huge meat eater. But since my so-called "diet", I've learned to shun away from Crispy Pata, Sisig, lechon and other similarly oily dishes. Well for 6 days a week, anyway. On Sundays I have the liberty to eat whatever I want.

A few days ago we decided to visit the newly opened Johnny Rockets along Tomas Morato. My god, the 50s interior was just beckoning. If you are a burger & fries + milkshake kind of girl (or guy), then this place is definitely for you.
Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant chain that provides the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. On June 6, 1986, the first Johnny Rockets opened on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, offering guests friendly service and great food in a fun and nostalgic atmosphere.

Every original Johnny Rockets restaurant boasts great tasting food from a menu of favorites including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Guests also enjoy an all-American look and feel, tabletop jukeboxes and authentic decor. 
The place just makes me want to down several burgers, a couple of milkshakes and a huge glass of iced tea. With rollerskates on. I'm glad we visited on a Sunday, otherwise I'd feel totally guilty.

The place also boasts of unlimited fries and fresh 100% pure beef patties which are never frozen. Don't we all hate pre-mixed and pre-packaged patties? I know I do.

And good news for my vegan friends, Johnny Rockets serves 100% Soy Burgers! Can you say awesome? The prices though, are higher than your average TGIF and Chili's.

The place features old, feel-good music much like what my parents listened to while I was growing up. You can also select your own music from the jukebox (no Lady Gaga here, doi) for only Php1.00. I personally chose "Im Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits. It's such a nice song, isn't it?

Entertaining dance numbers every 30 minutes
Yay! Our meals have arrived. We got the Route 66 Burger, Chicken Tenders, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and a Bacon Cheddar Burger. The burgers were hands down very juicy and delicious.

I got the Route 66 burger -- Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms and caramelized onions. It was sooo good!!! This is an upscale version of Burger King's Mushroom Swiss
The Chicken Tenders were a bit dry and tough. Better to have a platter of delish Chicken Fingers at TGIF
happy faces :)

For more info on Johnny Rockets visit their Facebook page.


  1. love their malt milkshake! but for burgers, charlie's pa rin!:)

  2. I love how they give you those smiley ketchup mini plates. It's a nice gesture. And yes to the PHP1 jukebox songs! We played I Feel Good by James Brown when my friend and I went to the Eastwood branch :)

  3. I live near Morato and if I hadn't visited your blog I would've never known that it was already open! I pass by this place every time I walk home from work but lately I've been taking cabs. It was still covered and scattered with cement then but now it looks like this! Wow, can't wait to try their food and the jukebox! :)

  4. @Mara: Agree, the experience wouldn't be complete without James Brown ;)
    @Lena: Thank you for visiting my blog! They just opened last Sunday. I hope you get to dine at Johnny Rockets with your whole fam soon ;)

  5. i haven't got the chance to eat at johnny rockets yet. how's the food?

  6. @Llyoda: Hi! It's pretty good, mostly burgers, fries, sandwiches, NO rice. The burgers are very juicy, tender and flavorful. They offer unlimited fries with every meal. They have kiddie meals for the little ones too :)

  7. Army navy burger is the best..