American Diner in the Tropics

Katz By Katz, 14th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My personal review on the popular American Diner Johnny Rockets

A burger is still a burger

I've been hearing and reading about Johnny Rockets for quite some time now, and how they've got the best sliders in this side of the archipelago, the creamiest and tastiest milk shakes and the Johnny Rockets crew breaking into a dance every 30 minutes. I got intrigued and I want to experience an authentic American Diner here in the tropics.

I finally got my chance yesterday; the hubby and I were looking for a place to have dinner and as I drove my car into a crawl along Tomas Morato Ave., we saw the Johnny Rockets signage blinking, as if beckoning us, and they have free valet parking, an added bonus.

Parking was almost full, luckily I drive a small car, I spotted a small parking space between an SUV and 2 motorcycles and was able to squeeze in there, didn't need their Valet Service after all. The place was busy, but we were greeted by a smiling perky waitress, she must have read my mind and directed us to a table with a couch, handed us the menu and said she'll be back to get our orders. Very efficient staff, I like it. I looked around the restaurant, white washed walls, tiled floor, red couches, coke advertisements mounted on frames, dotted the walls. If you are a fan of Archie Comics you'll get the idea, I felt I was at Pop's Diner waiting for Archie and the gang to arrive. Our table has a mini juke box where you can choose a song and insert a 1 peso coin. Unfortunately I wasn't able to try it out since I didn't have any coins with me, neither has the hubby.

Since Johnny Rockets boasts of having the best sliders in town, I ordered their Sliders, and a Mocha Fudge deluxe Milk Shake, hubby got the Philly cheese steak with bell peppers. The first to arrive was my Mocha Fudge Milk Shake, served on a tall glass with a dollop of whipped cream. What's nice is that they give you all your shake, the extra shake was served in another metal tumbler. The milk shake was creamy and thick, like drinking ice cream through a straw, it was good but I don’t think the P245 price tag was well worth it. It didn't take long for the rest of our orders to arrive. The Sliders consists of 3 mini burgers, no garnishes, no ketchup or cheese just a burger patty with a bun, it didn't look impressive and sadly it tasted bland as well. The patty came out a little dry although as I bit into the mini burger I tasted a hint of butter. The hubby’s Philly Cheese Steak was huge; it was bursting with cuts of beef and bell pepper served on what looks like a hotdog bun.

Johnny Rockets has an extensive Sandwich and Burger menu, and frankly they're quite expensive and in my opinion not really worth the price. So if you're not willing to spend more than P200 for a burger, that doesn’t quite deliver, then might as well stick to reading Archie Comics and read about Pop’s Diner.


American Diner, Archie, Johnny Rockets, Milk Shake, Philly Cheese Steak, Sliders

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A by profession; a writer, cook, teacher, events planner, booboo healer and other maladies that can be cured by hugs and kisses, and mommy extraordinaire by choice.

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