Retro decor, vintage signs and black & white chequered floors; with Johnny Rockets, you can get that nostalgic 50’s diner scene, right here in Lagos. The signature juke box and the pictures of baseball greats and legendary American musicians hanging on the walls, add to the authenticity of the all-American theme.
The Ambiance: With the “blast from the past” setting, you can tell that the intention is for Johnny Rockets to look like a scene from an old American movie, and it works. You get to travel back in time and forget that you are in the heart of Lagos.
The Menu: With a humongous two paged menu, deciding what to order can be deliciously overwhelming, but the pictures and exact description of what each meal entails are pretty helpful.
The Entree: With a list of entrées that boast of traditional American chili to the signature Rocket wings, you are definitely spoiled for choice.
The Chili cheese fries: This is a clever twist on your plain old fries. The chili fries is a decadent combo of piping hot fries topped with beef chili, cheese and chopped white onions. Fries with cheese is simply brilliant, but the meaty chili and the crunchy onions make this simply delightful.
The Rocket wings: Six scrumptious bread coated, tender chicken wings topped with either spicy buffalo sauce or “ketchupy” barbecue sauce. It is served with creamy ranch dressing on the side which introduces a subtle flavour to the wings. If you can’t decide which you want, try getting two of each so you can decide on your favourite wing.
The hamburger!!!: Johnny Rockets is world famous for their hamburgers, please do not visit Johnny Rockets without trying one of their burgers. I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Double. A word to the wise, “Do not eat this alone, you will self -implode!!!!”With a warm bun encasing layers of cheese, lettuce and bacon overlapping a juicy and lightly seasoned beef patty, I was in burger heaven. I will never eat another burger if it’s not from J.R. It is also interesting to note that the beef is locally sourced.
Hands down the best burger in Lagos (trust me, I have been around!!) Burgers in general get a bad rap for being unhealthy; however I don’t think it gets healthier than this. If you follow my warped logic, it is actually a nutritious meal; the bread buns provide the carbs, the juicy and well seasoned Pattie for protein, the cheese also protein, and the lettuce and tomatoes are the much needed vegetables. And sure you might worry about calories, but you only live once, wolf it down and go for a jog later.
After the burger, I was definitely in a good place, a little exhausted in a good way, but not being one to be defeated, I powered through to desserts.
The Oreo Milkshake: If you love Oreo cookies, this is the milkshake for you. The yummy shake has oreos ground in it, so with each sip you get a crunch of the yummy cookie. It comes with a refill tin, just in case you can actually finish the first serving.
Delivery Time: All the food was delivered under a record nine minutes after the order was placed, which is super fast in the restaurant world!!
Portion Control: The pictures of the gigantic burger speaks for itself, though being the grub that I am, I wish those amazing wings were just a bit bigger. The entrées or “shareables” as they call it are honestly enough for a party of two to share, and I dare anyone to finish the double burger alone.
The Staff: If I worked here, I would find it very distracting to have to break into dance every hour on the hour, but hey, that is all part of the J.R experience and they manage to do it with grace and a smile on their faces. Customers are free to join in the brief boogie session.
I would love to say that J.R is super cheap, but honestly it is not as expensive as I thought either. A three course meal will set you back just a little over N 5000, but I say that is money well spent. Johnny Rockets is a really chilled out, family friendly spot for all ages with the most indulgent food. For a few hours, forget that you are in Nigeria and bop your head to the oldies music that permeates the atmosphere.
They get a five star rating from me *****