NOSA: So we were on a podcast with one of our readers over the weekend and Johnny Rockets came up. I’m like, “Hmm…I feel like Johnny Rockets right now” and Folly confesses she’s never been.
FOLLY: Not in Nigeria, not in the overseas, I've never eaten at Johnny Rockets. I've accompanied people to Johnny Rockets but for some reason never eaten there.
NOSA: Long story short, we have a proper Johnny Rockets review.
Johnny Rockets is expensive as shit for what it is. Ok, maybe now, not so much because naira isn’t really worth anything. But 3k+ for a burger with no sides is so damn ludicrous.
FOLLY: The burger that was N3200 today, cost N2400 in November 2014 which reflects a 33% price increase over the 22 month period.
Honestly, it could be more considering Johnny Rockets imports almost everything that goes into their burgers according to an article I read a while back. They may use Nigerian onions & tomatoes but damn near every SINGLE thing else is imported.
NOSA: That said, I got the Smokehouse Burger and I split a half onion rings + half fries basket with Folly.
FOLLY: While I had the Route 66 - single patty, swiss cheese, mushrooms and grilled onions
NOSA: The onion rings are so so good.
FOLLY: The best onion rings in Lagos. Argue in your house. I also think Johnny Rockets has the best burger in Lagos but I'll wait before I delve into that.
NOSA: I’ve been to like 2, or is it 3, other places that claim they have onion rings, but none have been as good as these. Remember the ones at Spice Route? Those were like akara with onions in them.
FOLLY: Those onions rings were the worst.
NOSA: The burger isn’t the best looking burger, but it’s what inside that counts. Don’t judge a burger by its cover. Inner beauty and whatnot. Beauty jokes aside, this is a solid burger. Like a solid 6/7 for me, which automatically makes it top 5 in Lagos because burgers in Lagos are mostly trash.
FOLLY: Nope at least a 9/10. Across every single category of what makes a solid burger Johnny Rockets delivers.
- Bun - It's THE best bun. RSVP's bun used to be good but it fell off a bit so now it's out. Both Urban Fuxion and BBQ & Cravings buns are forgettable, this wasn't. Just from the picture, you can the bun looks pillowy soft. It was also just a tad bit sweet which I liked.
- Patty - Now, BBQ & Cravings has a tastier patty and this was a little bland after a couple bites but meat quality wise, this is still solid.
- Fillings - The mushrooms and onions in my burger were well grilled, unlike some people who just toss those in anyhow.
- Cheese - Real cheese and not processed cheese slices.
NOSA: I'm pretty sure you're just washed because they melted the cheese, but I'll let you cook.
FOLLY: *Eye Roll* Urban Fuxion melts their cheese too. Oh, the entire burger was warm: patty, bun and fillings. I noted this cause it's a rarity.
NOSA: I guess this is why they charge so much for it. They came in, tried a bunch of burgers in Lagos, and went, “nah, we have to make them pay out the asshole”. I respect that. It’s like when MTN came and charged us a bajillion naira for SIM cards. I believe that’s what they call capitalism.
FOLLY: Yes, it's expensive but it's the best burger I've had in Lagos
NOSA: No, it's not the best burger in Lagos but yeah, I’ll definitely revisit…when my salary goes up a little.
FOLLY: You're wrong and I'm going back this week.
Route 66 Single - N3300
Smokehouse Single - N3200
1/2 Fries & 1/2 Onion Rings - N1600
Parking lot for 8 - 10 cars