Johnny Rockets at Frankies Fun Park: Greenville
at 10:00 PM
I'm not even sure why I am wasting my time to write about Johnny Rockets in Greenville, but it is one of those chain restaurants that I find myself at often. Exactly how many cooks does one kitchen really need? Well Johnny Rockets sure seems to think that they need to pack as many as they can into the tiny space that is wide open and then add about 10 more. Johnny Rockets is one of those places where you know you can get a good, overpriced burger and a milk shake all while the kids (and even the parents) have an enjoyable visit. The atmosphere is upbeat and always entertaining from the waitress dancing to certain songs that play over the jukebox to trying to explain to your kids how old we really are. Kids learning about 50's music, "no I wasn't alive when this song first came out, but I still grew up listening to the 50's". And then it goes on and on from their.
This is what they call the Rocket Double. My picture looks a lot different from what the menu shows, but I guess that is to be expected with any mas-produced corporate menu item. It isn't bad, but neither is a whopper with cheese at Burger King. The bun on this burger is truly what makes is even palatable. The fries are the same thing I can buy in the freezer section and the cheese melted on top was just plain gross. Stick to the basics here as they try to nickle and dime you on everything. A $8 burger can quickly turn into a $15 burger if you fall for the required "up-sell" speech that each and everyone has to go through. Typical Corporate BS.
The service is something that needs improvement. The young 16 and 17 year olds that think going to work means social hour to chat/flirt/impress with their inner-working group of friends is a real job. I think it took our server 20 minutes just to greet us, another 20 to get our drinks delivered and then another 20 minutes after our food was delivered wrong to correct it. During all of this time, I think she did her homework, made plans for Friday night, successfully did her hair and make-up and possibly got asked out on a date by two individuals. Did you not know that your restaurant is an open kitchen and from any table in the place, we can see you?
Overall, Johnny Rockets is a fine place for a sit-down version of a Corporate fast food joint, just stick to the basics. The food is edible (on most occasions) and it is a great family/kid friendly environment. The service and accuracy of order taking needs to be addressed, but I get the feeling that this is just how they operate, as cheaply as possible. A burger and fries will run you $8.59, the malt is another $4.89 additional. Now that I think of it, I may be better off at Burger King or Hardee's next time.