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Eddie Rockets City Diner (Dublin)

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Fast food American-style diner with locations in Ireland and the UK

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      04.06.2010 15:25
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      Excellent place to go for a cheap meal.

      Eddie Rockets is a chain of restaurants throughout Ireland and the UK. I have been enough times to various Eddie Rockets in Dublin to feel qualified enough to write this review. I was first attracted by the appearance of the restaurants; they are made to look like them old American diners that you would see in the movies, which i absolutely adore. They even have them little 20 cent machines where you can get various sweets, as well as these other contraptions (sorry, cant remember the name of them, answers on a postcard please) at each table in which you put in 20 cent and can pick a song. The songs are all from the 50s to 60s, adding to the whole atmosphere of the restaurant. Everything including the furniture is painted in Eddie Rockets trademark white and red colours and you can choose whether to sit at the counter or at a table. I would only sit at the bar/counter if I was eating on my own because it is quite awkward to have a conversation whilst sitting there and the chairs at the tables are again the old diner-style ones, which are really comfy. So top marks for appearance, but what about the food?

      The menu is pretty standard cheap restaurant fare, with a selection of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chicken goujons and as regards drinks there are the usual choice of soft drinks as well as milkshakes. There also a choice of vegetarian options, for anyone concerned about that. The prices are just about fair but one annoyance for some people is you have to order chips separately, I personally don't like chips so this is grand for me but for other people this extra charge will grate them. The milkshakes are highly recommended and come in a huge flask-like monster so two people could easily share one. My favorite meal is the chicken burger with Eddie's "secret sauce" which is absolutely heavenly. I don't know if the meal would be sufficient for some people as a dinner, Eddie Rockets is more of a restaurant you would go to for a big lunch. There is an impressive selection of deserts, however they are quite pricey, some nearly costing as much as a burger but I must admit they all are absolutely gorgeous. You also get to watch the food being made in front of you as the kitchen is located just behind the counter, so thats a bonus I suppose. Overall the food gets a thumbs-up from me.

      Now on to the staff, in my vast experience in Eddie Rockets I have never had a single problem with any of them. Normally they seem to be quite young and trendy, they all strike me as art degree students for some reason. They always have a smile on their face and I can not praise the staff any more,they certainly do earn their tip, whatever it may be. Unfortunately (in Dublin anyway) Eddie Rockets seems to attract a lot of snotty teenagers who are prone to being incredibly rude and cheeky to the staff ( I blame the parents) and it is to their credit the staff there manage to keep their heads, if I worked there I would probably end up killing somebody!

      The only real negative aspect to Eddie Rockets is that it always seems so busy! A combination of great style, friendly staff and delicious food attracts quite a lot of customers and normally you will have to wait about five minutes before you can get a table, but believe me it is worth it.

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        30.05.2009 21:04
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        I can't wait to go back!

        I recently visited Dublin, and during my visit I went to Eddie Rockets on O'Connell Street, in Dublin.
        At first glance I thought I was entering a 1950's transport cafe in America. The floor is covered in black and white tiles, with big red chairs and white tables. There are juke boxes on every table, which take a 50p to choose a song (although ours didn't work, and a few other people seemed to be having difficulties). There are also old fashioned sweet machines which take a 20p and you can get mint imperials, jelly babies or smarties. The food in all cooked fresh in front of you, and you can sit at the bar on one of the high chairs, and watch them make your dinner.
        The menu has a really good mix of food, drink and deserts etc. There are burgers for everyone, including a ham burger, cheese burger, veggie burger and even a fish burger. They also have a selection of chicken dishes, such a chicken burger, bbq chicken wings, and a chicken salad. Also on the menu is a footlong hotdog, Nachos, and a bikers breakfast. If none of that tickles your taste buds there are sandwiches available, and a wide selection of sides, including chips, onion ring, and garlic mushrooms.
        As for drinks they have all the usuals available, I chose a milkshake (which was delicious!) They also have a good selection of deserts available if you're not too full!

        As for price Eddie Rockets is comparable to maybe Wimpy, with a burger and chips costing around £9 - £10.

        Eddie Rockets is brilliant; I would highly recommend a trip. It's just a shame there is only one in the UK...................

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