Saturday, March 19, 2011

Johnny Rockets

How do you eff up a grilled cheese sandwich? Ask Johnny Rockets in Moosic. Come on, it's not Johnny Rocket science; you butter some bread, put cheese between the bread, and grill it. I ordered a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. What I got was toast with some kind of flavorless cheese product, which was not melted, a cold slice of tomato and no sign of any kind of butter.
Danelle ordered a burger (which she liked) and fries. The fries were undercooked and therefore limp and greasy. But here's the thing - we were the only people in the place! Why were they in such a hurry to get stuff out to us, to the point where everything was undercooked?
Once again, we actually choose to go to a place that was empty at 5:30 on a Friday night. Why can't we learn from our mistakes?? Honestly, I wasn't happy the last time we went either. I had an egg salad sandwich, which had a vinegar-y taste. Like it wasn't fresh, so they put vinegar in it to make it last longer. Gross. And it's like 6 or 7 bucks!
Side note: Stanges Quick Serve on Birney Ave. has the best egg salad in town. They make it right in front of you!

Back to Johnny Rockets. We like the classic 50's diner vibe; the jukeboxes on the table, the retro booths, etc. We were expecting Potsie and Ralph Malph to walk in at any moment.
Another thing we couldn't help but notice: It's like Lord of the Flies in there. No one who works there is over 18. Our waitress was a little too attentive...a sweet kid, but she came over about 5 times during the meal to ask us if everything was ok. I was polite, because as you know, it never pays to send stuff back to the kitchen.

The potential for success is there. Johnny Rockets has all the elements. They are in a sweet, high traffic location, right next to the biggest movie theater complex in the area. But when people aren't coming to your restaurant, it's because the food isn't good. It's that simple.