Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Johnny Rockets

Since I work in the area and I love vintage, I was naturally drawn to this diner called Johnny Rockets. Johnny Rockets offers "food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana" - or the period before the 1960s in the U.S. of A. Johnny Rockets has the usual burgers and fries, hotdogs and chilidogs, shakes and all the other cholesterol-laden American food.

Johnny Rockets Robinson's Galleria

By the way, the staff will dance once in a while. When that happens, just carry on. 
First, the upside/s. I loved the interiors. They had steel counters, cushioned seats in cubicles and checkered tiles consistent with classic American diners. I especially liked these mini-jukeboxes - one in each cubicle. It allows patrons to choose what song plays next in the entire restaurant for only PhP1! Of course, the song choices are consistent with the restaurant's theme. They had titles by the Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Elvis Presley etc. They were all rocking good! And then...well..that's the only upside I can think of.

Look at that song at the bottom right corner- Ray Charles' Hit the Road Jack! Groovy.

If you allow me to just show you photos of what we ordered, I think I will be able to explain myself. Here goes -

Philly Cheese Steak - sliced beef and caramelized onions on a bakery sa kanto hotdog bun. Aling G makes better-tasting beef steak. I also missed the "Cheese" part. Maybe it slipped while they were bringing our order to the table?
Gladi: "Mukhang masarap." Unfortunately, mukha lang.
I forget what this is called because it was honestly forgettable. I guess this is The Original Johnny Rockets burger. The patty tasted butter-y, which I did not appreciate as I was hoping for the full-on taste of grilled meat. Can you see now how sad this burger looks? 
You read that right (unless you read: "All You Fries Can Eat!" Haha) You get unlimited fries when you order a burger at Johnny Rockets.
An order costs around PhP500, which is way overpriced in my opinion. The unlimited fries option is a come-on, but the fries were brittle and tasted a-day old, you really wouldn't want to order any seconds. (I never though I'd use the word "brittle" to describe French fries. But there you go.) So in conclusion, I think I was robbed by shelling out close to a thousand for a so-so meal, and nope, I won't be coming back.

This photo was taken before we ate. Now a reverse smiley face would be more appropriate.


  1. I totally agree! I ordered a Route 66 burger (had the beef replaced with a turkey patty) and the bill was about P600+ since I was charged extra for the patty! Akala ko naman it was a special patty but no, I was so disappointed because they used ready made turkey patties- something similar to what I would buy in S&R. And the fries... instant lang sha! Boo.

  2. Makes you wonder why Johnny Rockets at Eastwood is still brimming with people no? Maybe that's why they have to get their servers to dance. It's a ploy to get passers-by interested. Olats.


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