I’ve driven by it a number of times now. The neon signs and interesting color patterns called to me. The theme is the 50’s and the 50’s food scene was apparently all about good old fashioned burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes. The 50’s sounds delicious. It has been around since the summer and I decided now is the time to feed my curiosity. I headed in to Dickie Jo’s near the corner of Pearl and 13th sreet to appease my stomach’s never ending search for a great burger.
The inside is as retro as the outside. I half expected the workers to get around on roller skates. I glanced over the counter at the employees feet, sadly no roller skates.
A burger and fries at DJ’s costs $5.95 base price. Each additional topping apart from the normal lettuce, onion, tomato and special sauce is another 50 cents. I added sauteed mushrooms, onions, and pepper jack cheese for a tab that came out to $7.45 before tip. It’s definitely not a cheap burger by any means, but it’s not so absurdly priced either. My food came out with about a 5 minute weight and I dived in to see how I felt about this new burger joint. The verdict, their burgers are good but smaller than I’d hoped. It’s definitely a fresher and more enjoyable taste than you’re going to get at any normal fast food place. The fries were ok, not crisp enough for my taste, but I’m not saying I didn’t eat all of them.
I searched online to see what other people felt about Dickie Jo’s. There were a number of reviews of the place at Yelp.com , Eugenified , Urban Spoon, as well as a number of individual bloggers sites. A learned a couple of things. One is that many people who reviewed it felt the same way I did. Many didn’t like the soggy fries. Many felt the burgers where to small, and many felt that the menu is overpriced. I also learned where all those people who always felt the need to voice their opinion but ran out of people to listen to them. They all started blogs. Granted Dickie Jo’s is not the best resteraunt I’ve ever been to. But many who wrote reviews about it wrote like its lack of amazingness was a personal insult to their character, and that DJ’s should be ashamed to have wasted their time. Interesting to read. If people like this spend all their time blogging and less time in the real world I’d say that’s a service blogs are providing for us.
Also after reading all the negative blogs about DJ’sI started to feel bad for the place for continuing the negative vibe, but I have to be truthful. On the upside for DJ’s, there were a number of positive reviews as well. I think that if you have a bad experience somewhere you’re more inclined to talk about that than the good experience, because it’s human nature to focus on the bad, so dont get disheartened DJ’s.
Another thing I learned while reading reviews was a lot of people said the food wasn’t great, but the place had amazing milkshakes. Well darn, now I’m going to have to feed my curiousity again. As far as burgers though, I only eat out around once a week and I wouldn’t say I’m going to be saving my dining out experience for DJ’s any time soon. If I’m going to have a burger I’ll stick to Burger and Brew at 6th Street Bar and Grill, where for $7 before tip you get a burger with the works, a larger portion of fries, and a pint of your microbrew of choice on tap.
Tune in next week for the 6th Street Burger and Brew $6 to $7 controversy and how Eugene and I feel about it.