Review: Johnny RocketsAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
Castleton Square Mall
6020 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
Johnny Rockets is a staple mall type of restaurant and it has had a location in the Castleton Square Mall for several years. Despite the fact that I live two minutes from there, I’ve still never managed to make my way there and try it out. Call it lack of interest or whatever, but I just never got around to it. On a recent weekend, I had a date with destiny or more appropriately, a Turtle Brownie with Pecans Blizzard, and since the Dairy Queen I was going to was in the mall, I decided I’d get some lunch before my Blizzard and decided to give Johnny Rockets my first shot. Of course, it also helped that I got some coupons for Johnny Rockets in the mail, so that certainly helped get me in the door. It’s a play on a 50s diner with the jukeboxes, paper hats, etc., so for the nostalgic factor, it’s kinda fun.
What I Got: The #12 Burger with fries (bottomless); $6.99.
As I’ve proven on this blog, I’m a sucker for marketing and menu descriptions and since I work in marketing as my real job, I guess that really shouldn’t be a huge surprise. When I saw the menu description for The #12 Burger in the menu as this: ”This cheeseburger also debuted on Johnny Rockets’ opening day. Our Guests rate it a 12 on a scale from one to ten! Cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, white onion, pickles, mayonnaise & our signature “red red sauce®” (chili ketchup with a kick)“, I knew that they had me hook, line and sinker.
As you can see above, they server tried to get cute with some ketchup when he delivered my burger and tried to draw a smiley face in a condiment cup as a way to amuse me (it did), but unfortunately, the ketchup bled on him, so his attempt at humor didn’t follow all the way through. Still I appreciated it and after identifying that all the ingredients from the menu description were on my burger (I had them hold the mayonnaise), I was ready to dive in.
What I got was not the world’s greatest burger, but it was a pretty darn good one. The hamburger patty (one-third pound) was meat and while it was not thick, it was quite large in actual surface area. Strangely, it was more of a square than a circle, but honestly, who really cares? I know I didn’t. The vegetable added a nice crunch to the burger and the cheese added a nice gooey component as well. One thing where this burger was a letdown though was the “red red sauce” which did not really have any kick at all. I love things with kick and was looking forward to that, but this mostly tasted like ketchup and not really like chili at all. Still, anything with ketchup is good for me, so I wasn’t particularly upset by it. One thing I am glad of though was that I only ordered the single because when you mix this one-third pound patty with the hearty amount of vegetables and cheese and then wrap that up in a doughy and butter basted bun, you’ve got quite a large package here. Had I ordered a double, they may have had to roll me out of there.
As for the fries, while they were quite large and flavorful, they weren’t anything special. They were soft in the middle, but also soft on the outside as opposed to extra crunchy, so that was a disappointment. So, outside of their lack of crunch, it’s not really worth focusing anything else on them.
Would I Buy It Again? Sure, I would buy this burger again and/or I’d go to Johnny Rockets again. This certainly wasn’t the best burger I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t too shabby. Plus, at $6.99 for this with bottomless fries, you really can’t go wrong. I would place this burger on par with Culver’s and Red Robin. All are about the same, so it just comes down to which one you choose to frequent most. Since I don’t have a Red Robin near me, it’s down to this and Culver’s and it’s pretty much a coin flip between the two. If the coin ended up on Johnny Rockets, I certainly would not be disappointed.
One thing I do want to do on my next visit (when I don’t have a date with Dairy Queen) is try out one of their Deluxe Malts & Milk Shakes. Check out the menu they have posted online. Just about all of them sound incredible.