Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A 72 Review


Cheeburger should fit right into Forest Hills gallery of chain businesses, with a similar staff and clientele of Pizzeria Uno’s, Blockbuster, Verizon Wireless, etc. It’s clean and bright. The staff looks straight out of high school and could have been a bit more attentive. The bathrooms are big with only one tag so far. I still advocate the death penalty for taggers and hopefully our new council member will sign it into the city charter.

So how was the food? I got the semi-serious cheeseburger which is 7 ounces. It’s a very big piece of meat, yet there are two bigger sized (12 and 20 oz). It was pretty good, but surprisingly Tower Diner makes a better one called The Classic (get it without the onions). The Cheeburger one is fried, while the Tower one is over a flame which makes a big difference.

A few observations:

When somebody finishes the 20 oz, the waitstaff comes around and announces it. It’s an annoying interruption and I hope they end the practice.

The child meal comes in a little cardboard car which is a nice touch. And at $4.50 it’s a good deal.

Free refills on the sodas.

No booths, only tables/chairs.

They were doing a large take-out business, which given the location makes sense.

Burgers do not come with fries, but are so big you don’t need them.

Shakes are expensive (5.75), but come with the glass and metal shaker like all shakes should. Made with Edy’s ice cream.

Every table gets an entire roll of paper towels for napkins, an excellent (if not exactly green) idea.

As far as Johnny Rocket’s comparisons, I’d call it even. Johnny Rocket’s is more of a restaurant with booths and a more professional staff – I just wish it didn’t cost $40+ for lunch for two and a child. Cheeburger is cheaper and quicker. But for delivery, you gotta give it to Tower hands down.

Bottom Line: If you’re really hungry or hungover and don’t want pizza, you’ve got another place to go.