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lobster4me

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Johnny Rockets Chili Sat, 08/21/04 10:34 PM (permalink)
Another good place to eat Chili is at a Johnny Rockets restaurant. It is very good. Just wish they would give out the recipe.
 
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    lobster4me

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    RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 8:25 AM (permalink)
    From what I understand, its an all meat recipe. No beans in there chili.
     
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      Paulie

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      RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 8:46 AM (permalink)
      Good God, man, you enjoy something from a CHAIN??? Prepare for the onslaught...
       
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        renfrew

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        RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 9:33 AM (permalink)
        I too like Johnny rockets. I like their vanilla cokes and cheese fries. Decent veggie burgers as well.
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 10:23 AM (permalink)
          I walked into a Johnny Rockets once. It was louder than a working wind tunnel. Now, I'm old, so walking back out was the natural thing to do. My grandson, however, is 16 and he can't stand the noise there either.
           
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            1bbqboy

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            RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 11:15 AM (permalink)
            For those of us in non-rocketland, can you explain these places? I looked at their website and they looked a bit cutsey/synthesized for me. Is the food worth the atmosphere? Is it all diner food in a "safe" atnosphere, suitable for kids and grandmas?
             
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              renfrew

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              RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 11:20 AM (permalink)
              pretty much sums it up. But it is a nice change from usual mall establishments.

              Tries to be a 50's rock and roll soda shoppe. Menu consists mainly of burgers, fries and shakes. They make cherry and vanilla cokes with syrup right there. have a few other items as well.

              One thing that is nice is that they dont use frozen patties. They take a clump of ground beef and handform it.

               
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                fcbaldwin

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                RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 11:42 AM (permalink)
                If I'm not mistaken, there's one in Union Station in Washington DC. Had breakfast there a couple of years ago. It was ok. Service was good as I recall. It was sort of cutsey/synthesized. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong about that Union Station location being a Johnny Rockets.

                Frank
                 
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                  mayor al

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                  RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 12:30 PM (permalink)

                  Someone who has tried both plese tell us...How does Johnny Rockets differ from Gold Star or Empire or any of the Cincy Chili Parlor chains?
                  Recipe? Menu? Not being a Mall Prowler I haven't run across a Johnny Rockets yet.
                   
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                    TJ Jackson

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                    RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 12:56 PM (permalink)
                    As far as I know, Mr Mayor, the chili at JR is expressly not Cincinnati style Chili.....
                     
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                      Kristi S.

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                      RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 1:09 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by bill voss

                      For those of us in non-rocketland, can you explain these places? I looked at their website and they looked a bit cutsey/synthesized for me. Is the food worth the atmosphere? Is it all diner food in a "safe" atnosphere, suitable for kids and grandmas?



                      Bill, the food there is definitely nothing to write home about. You could make the exact same stuff at home with better results. I find their menu to be prohibitively expensive for "burgers and fries".

                      Plus, all that singing and dancing is moronic and annoying while you're trying to eat.
                       
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                        wilewil

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                        RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 3:48 PM (permalink)
                        Yes to Union Station. Also the cruise ship (Voyager of the Seas) we were on in May had a JR aboard. It was quite well attended at lunch time. Reasonable food, not great for sure. Didn't see any entertainment either place.
                         
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                          lobster4me

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                          RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 4:33 PM (permalink)
                          Their burgers are ok. The fries are really good. The milkshakes are the best. I think its expensive, but the only time I get to go to a Johnny Rockets is when we are on vacation. I live one hour away from Cincinnati and its not a Cincinnati type chili.
                           
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                            wanderingjew

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                            RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 6:02 PM (permalink)
                            Golf43, please don't take this the wrong way, but I couldn't help but notice that all your threads are about chain restaurants. You do realize that this is a forum about "roadfood" local independent mom n pop restaurants Any experiences with local mom n pops that you care to share
                             
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                              stryyk

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                              RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 8:43 PM (permalink)
                              A new Johnny Rockets just opened this month in Atlantic City at Bally's Park Place Hotel and Casino. It's a small place so be prepared for long lines to get inside. The smartiest way to go is to line up outside on the boardwalk at their take-out window and enjoy the boardwalk while eating
                               
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                                joanie41

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                                RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Thu, 08/26/04 11:43 PM (permalink)
                                There is also one located in Arundel Mills mall, in Maryland. Haven't eaten there yet, but probably in the not-too-distant future...
                                 
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                                  Mosca

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                                  RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Sat, 08/28/04 12:02 AM (permalink)
                                  As far as chain-chili recipes go, I don't think they would be very hard to duplicate. Decent chili is pretty easy to make. For the chains, it's a nice way to use up the unsold burger patties from lunch. If you entered "chili recipes" into google, and averaged out the top 10 normal recipes (excluding those with chocolate, sesame seeds, vodka, chorizo, and the like), you'd have a chili probably about the same as Rocket's or Applebee's. And it would be dang good chili, too.

                                  Great chili is something else again. Great chili usually starts with something bizarre like searching for a 100 year old cast iron 12 quart pot, and cascades downhill from there.


                                  Tom
                                   
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                                    speechpeach

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                                    RE: Johnny Rockets Chili Sun, 09/26/04 2:46 PM (permalink)
                                    I also like the chili at Johnny Rockets, but rarely eat it anymore, since the J.R. in Chattanooga was not there long, and am not going to drive to Atlanta just for that. I like beans in my chili, but do prefer the hot dog sauce stuff on my hot dogs...which brings on a Varsity attack right now...Whatayahave, Whatayahave?
                                     
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