875 W East Promontory Rd.
Farmington, UT 84025
The 50’s diner is one of those all-American ideas for a restaurant that it seems like they should be ubiquitous. In Southern California there are any number of them. Utah used to be spotted with them as well: Galaxy Diner, Eat A Burger, and others. Unlike those who live in Southern California, those looking for a local fix of nostalgia have had to sate themselves by spinning their American Graffiti DVDs or donning a poodle skirt and saddle shoes.
Johnny Rockets is now here to serve you that slice of Americana you’ve been craving, as well as some very tasty burgers, fried sides, and creamy, delicious milkshakes. Oh, and you might end up seeing some servers busting a retro move or two.
I was invited to a private preview reception at Johnny Rockets last night and was treated to some mighty fine grub and a really good time. This particular location in Farmington in the new Station Park development marks the return of the franchise to Utah, which had a location at Trolley Square in the early 90’s. The franchise owners have plans for two additional stores in Utah soon. This one has that crisp, black and white tile feel that your many viewings of Grease have led you to expect from a 50’s diner. We were feted with a generous amount of food and extremely enthusiastic and attentive service. My favorite food:
- Smoke House Single, a burger with bacon, cheese, onion rings, and a barbecue ranch sauce
- Route 66, a grilled mushroom and onion burger
- Sweet Potato Fries, cut fresh, very thin, and perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside
Those sweet potato fries are probably my favorite in the state right now.
And then there’s the shakes.
Over 20 varieties are listed on the menu, and counting the option to add malt to any of them, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Of those we tried, the Strawberry Oreo Crumble was the clear winner for me. I have to admit that two we didn’t try, the Dark Chocolate made with Ghirardelli Chocolate and the Big Apple Shake that has an entire slice of apple pie blended into it, loom large in my future.
The restaurant has been open since May 17 but is about to have a grand opening celebration. On Saturday, June 9, the have activities planned from 11a to 5p. Free t-shirts to the first people through the door, prize giveaways all day long, and a ketchup art station for the kids. The latest and greatest Cinemark theatre is right next door, and they even have a dinner and movie deal available.
Welcome back to Utah, Johnny Rockets. I’ll be seeing you about that apple pie shake soon!