Faithful burger toppings such as lettuce and tomato often receive second billing to the meaty patties they shelter, despite the fact that they mediate philosophical squabbles between rivaling bun halves. Pay lip service to neglected burger components with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic diner fare at Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge, valid only at the First Avenue location and valid towards dine-in, delivery, and carryout.
An international franchise with humble Los Angeles origins, Johnny Rockets purveys nostalgia with 1950s-style décor and a menu replete with classic diner fare. Each award-winning, 100% beef hamburger is formed from a third-pound of fresh beef, which is tastily seasoned, grilled to order, sided with delicious fries or a salad, and eaten with a mouth. Crunch on history with the original burger, traditionally topped with your choice of cheese ($7.99), or double down with a Smoke House Double, a meaty concoction of two patties, thick bacon, and crispy onion rings ($10.49). Made from scratch daily, an egg-salad sandwich comes with a choice of bread appointed by the eater ($6.69), and chefs use all-meat chili, chopped onions, grated cheddar, and a form-fitting holiday sweater to dress up the chili dogs ($7.19).
Johnny's cream-and-red décor, tabletop jukeboxes, and smiling servers make each eating experience feel like it's ripped from the pages of an Archie comic. A second-level sports lounge transports patrons to a more modern era with comfy couches, a full bar, and action-film remakes of I Love Lucy on 22 flat-screen TVs.