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frogger67

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Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 2:31 PM (permalink)
OK, just had my first meal (a burger, vanilla Coke and onion rings) at Johnny Rockets. The burger didn't floor me (Five Guys much better). But I did like the decor of the place.

Retro diner fans: Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets? I think the food is better at Silver Diner but I like the decor of Johnny's more.
 
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    Mack184

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    RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 3:00 PM (permalink)
    I have heard of and seen Johnny Rocket's, although I have never eaten at one. But, what is Silver Diner?
     
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      Scorereader

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      RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 3:02 PM (permalink)
      Note for those living outside the mid-atlantic region: Silver Diner is a DC Metro area chain.



      Yeah, Frogger67, I think the food at Silver Diner blows Johnny Rockets away. Much more choices and better choices. The 50's vibe is a little better at Johnny Rockets, but for food, there's no comparing Johnny Rockets with Silver Diner. (PS I typically go to the Rockville Silver Diner location)




       
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        MikeS.

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        RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 4:18 PM (permalink)
        So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.
         
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          Sundancer7

          RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 4:31 PM (permalink)
          I believe I have seen one or both in some airports.

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN
           
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            frogger67

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            RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 4:31 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by MikeS.

            So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.


            They started in Los Angeles in the mid '80s. The DC area got its first Johnny Rockets in the late '90s, I think. In northern Virginia, there is a new one in Shirlington, down the road from my apt. A few malls in the area have them too.
             
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              frogger67

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              RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 4:35 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Scorereader

              Note for those living outside the mid-atlantic region: Silver Diner is a DC Metro area chain.



              Yeah, Frogger67, I think the food at Silver Diner blows Johnny Rockets away. Much more choices and better choices. The 50's vibe is a little better at Johnny Rockets, but for food, there's no comparing Johnny Rockets with Silver Diner. (PS I typically go to the Rockville Silver Diner location)




              I like Silver Diner as well---but sometimes you gotta go for the "real thing" (if you're in the DC area--29 Diner on Route 29 in Fairfax, VA and "Frost Diner" in Warrenton, VA-----two places built in the 40s or 50s and never renovated).
               
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                Scorereader

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                RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 4:49 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Sundancer7

                I believe I have seen one or both in some airports.

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN


                Silver Diner is only in DC. Not at airports. I'm not sure how widespread Johnny Rockets is. I've seen them up and down the east coast, mostly in Malls. Airports sound plausible for JR's.
                 
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                  Billfish

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                  RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 5:09 PM (permalink)
                  Silver Diner opened a branch at BWI last November.I havent been there yet,but in my experience the airport branch of a restaurant is more expensive and food and service suffer in comparison to the non-airport locations.Bill Bateman's is a pretty good example of this at BWI.
                   
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                    Sundancer7

                    RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 5:16 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Scorereader

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Sundancer7

                    I believe I have seen one or both in some airports.

                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN


                    Silver Diner is only in DC. Not at airports. I'm not sure how widespread Johnny Rockets is. I've seen them up and down the east coast, mostly in Malls. Airports sound plausible for JR's.


                    They are definately at the BWI and I believe they are opening in other airports.

                    http://www.silverdiner.com/locations/map.html

                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN
                     
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                      Scorereader

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                      RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 6:06 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Sundancer7

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Scorereader

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Sundancer7

                      I believe I have seen one or both in some airports.

                      Paul E. Smith
                      Knoxville, TN


                      Silver Diner is only in DC. Not at airports. I'm not sure how widespread Johnny Rockets is. I've seen them up and down the east coast, mostly in Malls. Airports sound plausible for JR's.


                      They are definately at the BWI and I believe they are opening in other airports.

                      http://www.silverdiner.com/locations/map.html

                      Paul E. Smith
                      Knoxville, TN


                      ok, I stand corrected. Silver Diner is in one airport - BWI, right here in the mid-atlantic. Hard to believe they'd go to any other airports except Dulles and National, but, if they're expanding further, I think it's a mistake. The restaurants are pretty good diners. I hope the airport version is just as good.

                       
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                        nicolem

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                        RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/6/08 10:28 PM (permalink)
                        The Silver Diner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has gone downhill in my opinion. It was very good when it first came there-around 1998-1999-approx. The last time we were there -yuk. It seems-at least to me-around 2004 it started going downhill and everytime we would go it would get worse. We will not be going back.
                         
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                          leethebard

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                          RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/18/08 10:53 PM (permalink)
                          Johnny Rockets is like stepping back into the late 40's or early 50's.A malt shop!!! Food is just so-so and the big sin is their Malted is not good!
                           
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                            angeltearsmc

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                            RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Tue, 02/19/08 9:51 AM (permalink)
                            There is a Johnny Rockets in the Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis. Been there once or twice. Not the greatest food, but not horrible either.
                             
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                              Neesie

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                              RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/25/08 3:32 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by MikeS.

                              So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.


                              There is one on Ocean Boulevard in South Beach. I had an average breakfast there.
                               
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                                Michael Hoffman

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                                RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/25/08 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                Johnny Rocket's is a wonderful place -- if you are hearing impaired. If you are not you'll wish you were.
                                 
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                                  Tedbear

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                                  RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/25/08 6:06 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by nicolem

                                  The Silver Diner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has gone downhill in my opinion. It was very good when it first came there-around 1998-1999-approx. The last time we were there -yuk. It seems-at least to me-around 2004 it started going downhill and everytime we would go it would get worse. We will not be going back.




                                  Since NJ is the home of an incredible number of REAL diners, I have a hard time figuring out why someone would bring a chain-operated faux diner to our state. In fact, until I read nicolem's post, I didn't know that we had anything of that ilk in these parts.

                                  With places like The Americana, Mastoris, Tick Tock, and so many other Mom & Pop-owned, authentic diners that are good, I do not plan to visit either The Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets.
                                   
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                                    leethebard

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                                    RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/25/08 7:30 PM (permalink)
                                    Johnny Rockets is supposed to be a malt shop...not a dinner...it looks the part...but the food is average....malts good..burgers, so so.
                                     
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                                      Scorereader

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                                      RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 02/25/08 8:04 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Tedbear

                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by nicolem

                                      The Silver Diner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has gone downhill in my opinion. It was very good when it first came there-around 1998-1999-approx. The last time we were there -yuk. It seems-at least to me-around 2004 it started going downhill and everytime we would go it would get worse. We will not be going back.




                                      Since NJ is the home of an incredible number of REAL diners, I have a hard time figuring out why someone would bring a chain-operated faux diner to our state. In fact, until I read nicolem's post, I didn't know that we had anything of that ilk in these parts.

                                      With places like The Americana, Mastoris, Tick Tock, and so many other Mom & Pop-owned, authentic diners that are good, I do not plan to visit either The Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets.



                                      There are a bunch of crappy "authentic" diners too. Dirty, greay pits, that are kept around by a forgiving public. I love the independent diner, too, but they're not always the best.

                                       
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                                        namret

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                                        RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Tue, 02/26/08 8:35 AM (permalink)
                                        Love GOOD Johhny Rockets, if it's made right!!! The fries are very good too. Cherry Coke with real syrup.
                                         
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                                          RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Tue, 02/26/08 3:58 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by MikeS.

                                          So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.

                                          Here is their locations website. As you can see they are in over half the states as well as 11 foreign countries.

                                          http://www.johnnyrockets.com/locations/
                                           
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                                            Tedbear

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                                            RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Tue, 02/26/08 6:45 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by leethebard

                                            Johnny Rockets is supposed to be a malt shop...not a dinner...it looks the part...but the food is average....malts good..burgers, so so.



                                            If it's not a dinner, is it a lunch?

                                             
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                                              sk bob

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                                              RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Tue, 02/26/08 8:56 PM (permalink)
                                              it's food no more no less. johnny rockets prices are outrageous for what you get.
                                               
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                                                MiamiDon

                                                RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/27/08 10:52 AM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by MikeS.

                                                So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.


                                                They are springing up like toadstools here in Greater Miami. There are at least ten, and more coming. I think there is one in just about every major mall.
                                                 
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                                                  MiamiDon

                                                  RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/27/08 10:59 AM (permalink)
                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by Scorereader

                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by Tedbear



                                                  Since NJ is the home of an incredible number of REAL diners, I have a hard time figuring out why someone would bring a chain-operated faux diner to our state. In fact, until I read nicolem's post, I didn't know that we had anything of that ilk in these parts.

                                                  With places like The Americana, Mastoris, Tick Tock, and so many other Mom & Pop-owned, authentic diners that are good, I do not plan to visit either The Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets.



                                                  There are a bunch of crappy "authentic" diners too. Dirty, greay pits, that are kept around by a forgiving public. I love the independent diner, too, but they're not always the best.




                                                  I had a craving for a decent burger the other afternoon, and I thought I would be a good RoadFoody and patronize a little coffee shop / diner that had gotten a folksy write up in the local paper.

                                                  Nasty burger, limp greasy fries, and revolting cole slaw. They didn't mess up the Diet Pepsi, though. All for eight bucks plus tip.

                                                  I walked out of there thinking, "Now I know why some people go to McDonald's!"
                                                   
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                                                    lynndunham

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                                                    RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/27/08 3:21 PM (permalink)
                                                    There is a Johnny Rocket's in a casino in Camp Verde, AZ. I love to go there for their over-stuffed egg salad sandwiches. So good! Probably the best I ever had - even better than my own. I'm sure they use real Best Foods mayo. Egg salad is my all-time favorite sandwich!
                                                     
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                                                      Tedbear

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                                                      RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Wed, 02/27/08 3:31 PM (permalink)
                                                      quote:
                                                      Originally posted by MiamiDon

                                                      quote:
                                                      Originally posted by Scorereader

                                                      quote:
                                                      Originally posted by Tedbear



                                                      Since NJ is the home of an incredible number of REAL diners, I have a hard time figuring out why someone would bring a chain-operated faux diner to our state. In fact, until I read nicolem's post, I didn't know that we had anything of that ilk in these parts.

                                                      With places like The Americana, Mastoris, Tick Tock, and so many other Mom & Pop-owned, authentic diners that are good, I do not plan to visit either The Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets.



                                                      There are a bunch of crappy "authentic" diners too. Dirty, greay pits, that are kept around by a forgiving public. I love the independent diner, too, but they're not always the best.




                                                      I had a craving for a decent burger the other afternoon, and I thought I would be a good RoadFoody and patronize a little coffee shop / diner that had gotten a folksy write up in the local paper.

                                                      Nasty burger, limp greasy fries, and revolting cole slaw. They didn't mess up the Diet Pepsi, though. All for eight bucks plus tip.

                                                      I walked out of there thinking, "Now I know why some people go to McDonald's!"


                                                      I too have been "burned" by a few diners, but luckily the majority of them in NJ are reliable purveyors of respectable Roadfood. There are a few places that I have crossed off of my list because of bad experiences, but Mastoris, Americana, Tick Tock, and a few others remain incredibly good.
                                                       
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                                                        MetroplexJim

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                                                        RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Thu, 03/17/11 11:36 AM (permalink)
                                                        Johnny Rocket's is a burger 'n fries joint I have seen at many malls across the country and is o.k. if you want to have table service instead of the "food court experience". 
                                                         
                                                        Silver Diner is a Metro-DC-based chain of full-menu diners.  Over the years I have eaten at their Rockville Pike (original location), Arlington, Fair Oaks, Reston, Tyson's, and Potomac Mills.  The food is good, but lately there have been too many service goofs (cold food, melter ice cream) for me to return.
                                                         
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                                                          mjambro

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                                                          RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 03/21/11 8:15 AM (permalink)
                                                          The primary problem I have with Johnny Rockets is that they use the same vanilla based milk product for all their milk shakes.  May be OK for vanilla, but strawberry, chocolate & coffee shakes just don't make it without a flavored ice cream base.
                                                           
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                                                            mar52

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                                                            RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner Mon, 03/21/11 1:12 PM (permalink)
                                                            I thought Johnny Rockets was a local, Los Angeles chain. Wrong again.
                                                             
                                                            The last one I ate at was destroyed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
                                                             
                                                            Guess it's been awhile.
                                                             
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