Enjoying the cuisine of another country can inspire people to someday travel there, where they will undoubtedly eat a cheeseburger and immediately come home. Save yourself the trouble with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of classic American fare at Johnny Rockets. This Groupon is valid at the Birmingham and Hoover locations.
The kitchen team at Johnny Rockets slings hearty burgers and whips hand-dipped malts from a brimming menu of American fare in a nostalgic diner setting. Sate carnivorous cravings and anchor plates with a third-pound hamburger, such as the patty melt ($5.39) or the Smoke House, which tops a hand-pressed patty with cheddar cheese, thick slabs of bacon, onion rings, and a glazing of barbecue ranch ($5.79). Streamliner Boca burgers arrive as meat-free alter egos of traditional burgers to appease herbivorous appetites ($5.39), and Johnny Rockets' chefs also fluff white albacore tuna for the tuna-salad sandwich ($4.99). Those who have rules against swallowing icicles or chewing on chunks of Antarctica can cool off an overheated maw by sipping a thick, hand-dipped malt or milk shake in flavors such as Oreo cookies and cream while listening to tunes from a tabletop jukebox ($4.09).
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets location in 1986, his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the postmodern blues of everyday life and experience a taste of time-honored Americana. The name itself is a nod to this ideal—it combines the star of a classic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and a classic car, Oldsmobile’s beefy Rocket 88. The chain now makes itself at home in America's cultural landmarks, including Yankee Stadium and the Flamingo Hotel.
During dinners at the famous burger joints, you’ll see signs of simpler times, starting with the cooks and servers—dressed head to toe in white, including white paper hats, they look like they’ve fallen out of a wormhole from the 1950s ready to sling shakes and cook up some eats. Behind a stainless-steel bar lined with red leather stools they tend to their traditional diner fare, including burgers and melts with sides such as chili-cheese fries and onion rings. Riding sidecar to each meal is a collection of hand-dipped and hand-spun floats, shakes, and malts topped with whipped cream.