Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner

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frogger67
Cheeseburger
2008/02/06 14:31:59
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.
Mack184
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 15:00:21
I have heard of and seen Johnny Rocket's, although I have never eaten at one. But, what is Silver Diner?
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 15:02:34
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)




MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 16:18:17
So where is Johnny Rocket's at? I like Silver Diner.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 16:31:42
I believe I have seen one or both in some airports.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
frogger67
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 16:31:58
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.
frogger67
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 16:35:15
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).
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 16:49:43
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.
Billfish
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 17:09:16
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.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 17:16:59
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
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 18:06:17
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.

nicolem
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/06 22:28:36
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/18 22:53:07
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!
angeltearsmc
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/19 09:51:43
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.
Neesie
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/25 15:32:21
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/25 16:21:50
Johnny Rocket's is a wonderful place -- if you are hearing impaired. If you are not you'll wish you were.
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/25 18:06:58
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/25 19:30:22
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.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/25 20:04:28
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.

namret
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/26 08:35:00
Love GOOD Johhny Rockets, if it's made right!!! The fries are very good too. Cherry Coke with real syrup.
6star
Filet Mignon
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/26 15:58:31
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/
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/26 18:45:19
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?

sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/26 20:56:48
it's food no more no less. johnny rockets prices are outrageous for what you get.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/27 10:52:22
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.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/27 10:59:05
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!"
lynndunham
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/27 15:21:56
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!
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2008/02/27 15:31:25
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/03/17 11:36:52
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.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/03/21 08:15:35
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.
mar52
Sirloin
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/03/21 13:12:49
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.
NascarDad
Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/04/18 14:38:41
Only been to SD twice and JR's twice, but the burgs at JRs were better, and I thought everything I have had at Silver Diner except the milkshakes was incredibly bland and homogenized.  Was terribly disappointed.
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/04/18 17:52:05
There was a Johnny Rocket's in Palm Beach Garden's at the "Downtown" shopping center. It didn't make it but the people who took it over are trying the same concept. Had a decent burger there. They are in a terrible location within the shopping center. This is the same center that Grimaldi's will be opening later this summer.
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Johnny Rockets vs. Silver Diner 2011/04/19 14:52:22
I go to Johnny Rocket's once a year, after running the Army Ten-Miler.  Not bad after working up a ten-mile appetite.
 
The one time I went at Arundel Mills (near Baltimore) I realized just how much a big hunger makes it taste better.  Very 'ehh' at Arundel Mills.