While spending a few days in Los Angeles on our way to the Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas, we decided to have dinner at the Johnny Rockets restaurant in Hollywood and Highlands. What a fun place to eat. The decor is reminiscent of the 1940’s and 1950’s with it’s red leather seating and chrome accents on the tables. Each booth has a tabletop jukebox that plays tunes for a nickel (5cents).
I am delighted, I haven’t seen one of these in a cafe, restaurant since I was a teenager when they were ‘just the thing’. The staff are dressed in the attire of the period; the girls are wearing full skirts and flouncy petticoats. They are all extremely friendly and accommodating, the service is exemplary
One thing we notice are the full bottles of ketchup and mustard which are provided free of charge.Almost unheard of in Australia where you have to buy those little squirts of tomato sauce in plastic containers, and there is barely enough to cover a few chips. Our orders come with a side of fries on a paper plate on which the staff have made a smiley face in ketchup. So cute.
We were thirsty so started with drinks, Paula had a strawberry shake and I had a Hershey Chocolate shake, both were full of flavor, nice and thick and served in a glass with a dollop of cream and a maraschino cherry on top. The remainder of the drink that didn’t fit in the glass was served on the side in a milkshake cup. Refreshing, chilled water with ice is also served with every meal.
We ordered a half and half order of fries and deep fried onion rings and Paula ordered a Route 66 which is a hamburger with mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese and mayonnaise; I had a Bacon Cheese Double Burger which is two fresh patties, two slices of Tillamook® Cheddar cheese, thick bacon, fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, onion slice & special sauce. The whole meal was reasonably priced at $29.80 which we rounded up and left a $5.00 tip.
As we had enjoyed the meal so much we went back again today for lunch. This time Paula ordered a Butterfinger shake and I had another Hershey’s Chocolate shake. We had a side order of fries and shared a delicious grilled chicken breast sandwich which came with lettuce, fresh tomato, mayonnaise and bacon. The food is just so fresh and wonderfully tasty.
Our waiter was a delightful young man and the service was impeccable. Todays meal cost $21.00 and we left a $4.00 tip. We still aren’t across this tipping business and are never quite sure if we have left enough or not.
We thoroughly recommend the food and service at Johnny Rockets Hollywood & Highland store.
Note: This post has been updated since it was first published in Feb 2008.