Johnny Rockets #12

Every once in a while you need to get a mediocre burger so the great ones stand out. The worst I’ve had was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, where the “spicy” one meant they spilled a spice rack on it, minus any hot pepper, because in Canada & Minnesota, capsaicin is a registered deadly weapon. That ketchup there oughtta be spicy enough for ya, buddy. I’m not your buddy, pal…
Johnny Rockets isn’t so bad. They are a bit better than fast food burgers, and their classic little hockey pucks of beef tend to be overcooked and seasoned with “fry sauce” according to their website, which adds 100 calories, so it’s probably butter to give it flavor missing from the beef. They’re tasty enough, but pretty forgettable. They are a good size for lunch, and at least you get to listen to ’50s music while you eat them, in their retro diner decor. I’d recommend going to a real diner if you can, for a meatier and better burger. Their fries and onion rings are decent, and they make a passable milkshake.

If you’re stuck in a mall, you could do worse- but you’re probably better off finding a Chick-Fil-A, unless there’s a Five Guys or a Smashburger in your mall. Those two chains have made Johnny Rockets mostly irrelevant.

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