Earlier this week (on September 4, 2013), I decided to have dinner at Johnny Rockets. I just thought it would be a fun, change of pace for this blog. The closest one to home for me is located inside the Pacific Place Mall.
It was hard to decide what to eat. I wanted a burger to be able to write about it here. The longer I looked at the menu, the more I realized that I have slowly grown away from eating a lot of burgers. I sure do like a nice burger now and then, but it's a rare treat for me. The calorie numbers on the menu were a shocker to me. I eventually decided on the "Route 66" burger which involves grilled onions, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese. I don't know if you can see it on this image, but the Route 66 burger starts at 1,100 calories.
I should mention, that I don't follow any particular diet or even pay exceptional attention to calories. But seeing that a Johnny Rockets burger is 1,100 calories makes me shudder a little. At this point, I don't really consider hamburgers and cheeseburgers to be very healthy for the human body. I might be better off drinking a couple of tall Frappuccinos made with nonfat milk.
There wasn't anything particularly exciting about my Route 66 burger. I was so stunned by the calorie count information that I didn't dare eat a single French fry. In fact, it felt like a bit like I was putting a lead weight in my belly - for the sake of writing a blog post! Silly! The calorie count on every single item on the Johnny Rockets' menu looked high.
And this visit to Johnny Rockets reminded me that if I really want a cheeseburger, I need to go to California and have an In 'N Out burger!
When I got the bill, I realized that I had managed to spend right around $10 (after tax), and had only had the burger - no beverage. I also feel like if I am going to spend $10 on a quick dining experience, I would much rather visit some place like Chipotle or The Veggie Grill.
I didn't think there was anything special about this experience or dinner. My burger was greasy and felt like a weight in stomach. And Johnny Rockets seemed like another burger place with red booths and decor. And frankly, it seemed a little overpriced.
It may be a bit before I review another burger on this blog!
According to Wikipedia, there are about 320 Johnny Rockets locations across the country. They began in Los Angeles, California, so I would assume that they're mainly found on the West Coast, but I don't really know that for certain. I visited the Pacific Place location which is at 6th and Pine in downtown Seattle. The actual address is 600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101.
You can follow Johnny Rockets on Twitter too.
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