Big Burgers and Beyond
Thankfully I was blessed with low cholesterol and a reasonably healthy metabolism (for a lady like me, of a certain age) because my long-held obsession with all things beef would otherwise be my undoing. And just when I thought I had exhausted all my burger options, along comes Johnny Rockets on its triumphant return to Rancho Mirage, conveniently located right across the street from my favorite shopping and entertainment center, The River, on Highway 111. www.theriveratranchomirage.com
The second franchise of owners and spouses Marriette Simone and Nick Thomas (their other restaurant is in Camarillo, CA) boasts 5200 square feet—the second largest Johnny Rockets in the country—as well as amenities that few have seen in one of the chain’s 320 restaurants. Yes, they are know for their burgers, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re great! But it’s not just the “ketchup smiley face” that will keep you coming back to the Rancho Mirage location.
First off, it’s huge, with indoor and patio seating for more than 200, and a great staff to serve everyone! They’re open for lunch and dinner during the weekdays. On weekends, breakfast is added, with an omelet station, waffles, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and specialty egg dishes on offer—not to mention Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverages served all day! In addition to great burgers and fries, JR’s abundant choices include sandwiches, salads, entrees, and even a carving station, all joined by—how healthy is this?!—a salad bar! To wash it all down, there are the tastiest hand-spun shakes, a wide selection of wines, and—for beer lovers—20 brews on tap!
If you have a bit of appetite left, check out desserts like Choco’late Lovin, Luscious Reb Velvet, and High Tower Carrot. One word: Yum!
Plus it’s family friendly all the way, with plasma TVs, twirled straws, dancing servers, an awesome juke box, and some of the most fun pinball machines you’ll have play. I’ve already got my favorite booth picked out. Stop in and let’s share an order of those awesome fries. I know I’ll be smiling ear to ear! www.johnnyrockets.com