>> Monday, February 1, 2010

Cheeburger won. Johnny Rockets closed.
108-50 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-8600

70-28 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 793-8882

Cheeburger Cheeburger & Johnny Rockets are, at least on paper, the same thing. Burger chains playing homage to the 1950s. Chrome, neon, rock-n-roll, doo-wop, Coca-Cola deification, pink Cadillacs and a commie around every corner. Our particular nook of Queens has both. So who wins? Which chain makes the better burger? Where should we go to spend our hard-earned money when the craving for bun-enclosed grilled beef hits us?

To find out, click HERE for my comparison of Cheeburger Cheeburger and Johnny Rockets (along with Checkers) in Part Six of my eateryROW burger series. Those of you familiar with this series know that I eat at three burger joints per post, tirelessly searching for the best hamburgers NYC has to offer at the expense of both my cholesterol and clothes size. I've come across some real gems in sampling the independent burger joints of the city. This time though, I decided to try the chains.


Anonymous,  February 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Don't bother with either of these places and head over to Five Guys on Woodhaven Blvd.

Jon Parker February 1, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

See Part Four:

Anonymous,  February 1, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

BLT Steak makes the best burger, hands down.

Also, the Nick's Bistro burger is pretty good too.

Susan February 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

I'm a bit of a burger fanatic and my choice for best burger in the neighborhood is hands down, Dirty Pierre's (formerly Lucien's). Not only do I feel their burger and fries are good for the neighborhood -- but they can go head to head with many of the better burger joints in the city.

Jon Parker February 2, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Dirty Pierre's does make a good burger. And it certainly compares with the places in Manhattan I've been to. In a sense, it's too bad that they don't scrap their dive-bar bistro heme and become a specialty burger place, but they're probably making too much money doing what they're doing now.

Wayno2424,  February 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

Nobody's burger anywhere in Queens compares to Dirty Pierre's. That being said when matching Dirty Pierre's against JG Melon's is like comparing Cheeburger to Dirty Pierre's, not even close. I like the whole scene at Dirty Pierre's, bikers and down home real people enjoying themselves. A lot more livelyand not depressing like the Irish Cottage.

Wayno2424,  February 4, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

BTW, This blog rules. I have read many of the articles and while I might add something here and there I have agreed with 99% of what this young man has said. He is truly a foodie but also a drunk and I like that. lol

cattyinQueens February 4, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Heh--a foodie and a drunk. Nice!

I agree with peeps here on Dirty Pierres and Five Guys. I have to say, those Five Guys fries are terrific.

I went to Johnny Rockets once when I first moved to the neighborhood. Gross in pretty much every way except the good way.

Wayno2424,  February 4, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

"The T-Bone Diner on Queens Boulevard is known for two things: it's glowing, timeless neon sign and truly horrible food."

--Jon Parker

Watch out Frank Bruni. You had me at truly horrible food. Keep up the good work!

Jon Parker February 4, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

Ahhh, flattery. Almost as good as this bourbon... ahh bourbon, brownest of the brown liquors... what's that? You, you want me to drink you?

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