We popped in here late on a Tuesday night when it wasn't very busy so we were able to get a seat right away. Other reviews I've seen said there was singing or dancing, maybe they didn't have it when we were there because it was an off time.
Service was friendly and prompt.
The restaurant is designed to look like a 1950s diner.
Favorite Dish: The food was OK but not great. I tried a bacon cheddar burger which came with lettuce and raw onion. It tasted OK but wasn't nearly as good as the burgers at Boston Blackie's and it was expensive for the portion size. Fries are not included with the burgers so we ordered some onion rings which came with a side of ranch dressing. They were good but the portion size was small for the price.
I also ordered a chocolate milkshake, it had a good flavor and came with whipped cream.
The whole meal came to $21 for the two of us-one order of onion rings, 2 sandwiches (over $5 each) and 1 milkshake, way overpriced for that kind of food.
Johnny Rockets was first opened in 1986 on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Their motto is to be the place where people can "escape
today's complicated world and experience the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana." I think that they go out of their way to make that happen. They always say "Hello" and "Goodbye" verbally and with a smile (no matter how busy they are.) They keep the store quite clean (even when they are busy). They dance on the half-hour, offer nickels for the jukebox, twirl straws, and they place the ketchup in a paper container in the shape of a smile face (even when they are busy).
The whole place reminds me of the 1950's with five-cent tabletop jukeboxes that play tunes from the fifties and sixties. The decor is authentic and includes giant photos of women in uniform from the Second World War. All-in-all, we enjoyed sitting at the counter where we could see the employees working efficiently and diligently to make the whole process run smoothly. It's a busy place that requires workers who are patient, friendly, and hard working. For us, it was an enjoyable experience from yesteryear.
Favorite Dish: I had a delicious grilled cheese sandwich made with American Cheese and Sour Dough Bread, grilled to perfection with the cheese oozing out the sides. To accompany it, I ordered a Coke with Vanilla added...awe, great. To finish it off, I had an old-fashioned Hot Fudge Sundae with REAL Whipped Cream. They give a side of more Hot Fudge. Yummy.
Allan had their famous hamburger with mushrooms and a Vanilla Malt topped with the real whipped cream. They give you the metal container with the extra (like the good old days!)
Both of us agreed that it was delicious. That's saying a good deal for me because I seldom ever eat fast food.