Johnny Rockets Is Where The Good Times Roll

Saturday night EDSA traffic is notorious for being almost unbearable. Usually, I don’t mind it, the many vehicles and tempers provide enough entertainment to pass the time. Last weekend was a different case though, the traffic was crawling at half past seven and we were due to attend a birthday dinner of a special little girl on the other side of town scheduled at eight. From Sucat, we were headed for the newly opened Johnny Rockets along Tomas Morato, already late.

Fries all you can, baby!

Thankfully, Johnny Rockets is easy to locate- the flashing lights in the shape of an arrow pointing to the restaurant is hard to miss. It’s a good thing that Johnny Rockets offers a worry-free valet service because cars were double to triple parked along the popular Saturday night hangout when we got there and it looked near next to impossible to find a slot by ourselves.

1950 meets 2010

Upon entering the restaurant, you get startled with the shockingly bright interior (a stark contrast from the night sky outside) and your ears are blasted with music reminiscent of diners of the past (only on bigger and louder speakers). The working jukebox, the costume of the servers, and the distinctly fifties posters all add up to complete the look of Pleasantville in full color.

Now let’s talk about the nomz. Have I mentioned that fries are unlimited? Yup, you can stay for a good two hours and they will keep refilling your plate without question (provided, of course, that you ordered something else besides just the fries). Besides fries, Johnny Rockets also have a ton of burgers. What would a burger joint be without them?

Rocket Single (p345)

This is the Rocket Single and it’s basically your typical burger, Johnny Rockets style- thick beef burger patty with a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise (they also sell Rocket Doubles, which is twice the size of this giant sandwich). It comes with an order of fries or a side salad.

Half a Route 66 (p465)

This is Johnny Rockets’ Route 66 hamburger, named after America’s most famous highway, with the same thick burger patty, Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions and mayonnaise. The one in picture is just half of it, we had it sliced so it’s easier to eat. It also comes with fries or a side salad.

All patties in Johnny Rockets’ hamburgers are made of 1/3 pound of fresh, 100% pure imported ground beef, seasoned and grilled to order. They’re sandwiched between two pretty thick buns too, you have to get down and dirty to eat one properly, like this guy-

Video of the dancing waiters would have been here had I not accidentally recorded in
time lapse mode. Instead, you get this guy attempting to fit a Rocket Single in his mouth.
The noise inside is deafening at times, with music from decades past blaring from thr speakers and the waiters and waitresses performing a little dance number every few minutes or so to songs that would make your granddaddy get up and do a jiggy. There are also booming announcements of birthdays (because it’s everyone’s birthday on Saturdays) and if it’s yours, the servers will treat you to a scoop of ice cream topped with a lit birthday candle and jaunty rendition of the Happy Birthday Song.


Let’s get on with more nomz. Besides burgers, the Johnny Rockets menu also has sandwiches, milkshakes, hotdogs, chicken wings- food that can be found in your typical American diner.
Chicken Tenders (p345)
This is my order for the night, Johnny Rockets Chicken Tenders- strips of chicken breast, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown with your choice of dip (there’s honey mustard and ranch but tomato ketchup best). It also comes with a side of fries or salad. Yes, I chose fries over salad despite the plateful of unlimited fries on the table (dear future grandchildren, this might be the reason why you don’t get to meet me).
Philly Cheese Steak (p395)

The Philly Cheese Steak is a sandwich filled with thinly sliced steak, grilled to perfection (this is copied from their menu), and topped with grilled onions and cheese and served on an authentic hoagie roll (no idea what that is). Too bad, the birthday girl who ordered this sandwich didn’t like the hoagie so much.

Johnny Rockets is a themed burger joint that serves your typical American diner fare and American-sized servings. The price range is too expensive for a daily hangout (which is what a diner is supposed to be) and the nomz are okay at best but it’s a very fun place to experience with its fifties theme, unlimited fries, and friendly servers who even make a big deal when you leave, thanking you profusely and cheerfully waving you goodbye. I had a pretty good time!
Johnny Rockets
Location: 205 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City

Contact Number: 470-2117
Other Info: Johnny Rockets Philippines Facebook Page


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Mel is a developer by day, a couch potato by night, and a bacon lover at all times. She likes good noms, cute puppies, the color orange, and all things bacon. You may contact her at admin@bacontunamelt.com or anywhere via this blog.

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