Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House
Name: Robey Barnes
Lives In: Pembroke Pines
Restaurant Pick: Jack’s Old Fashioned Hamburger House
Reviewed: Jack’s Old Fashioned Hamburger House
When I first pulled up to Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House and I saw the simple brown and yellow sign and unimpressive exterior, I wondered how this place has been a fixture in Ft. Lauderdale for 40 years. But when I walked through the door, I see why. It’s like walking through a time warp. You realize from the 70’s era brown laminated booths to the juke box playing oldies that this place is serious about “old fashioned”. There aren’t bison burgers or veggie burgers or Kobe beef sliders, it’s basically what size burger and do you want cheese on it. The fries are not Cajun seasoned, they are not tossed in olive oil and rosemary, and they are straight forward thick cut French fries. They are straight from a day when no one conceived of anything different. I placed my order, paid the very reasonable price, and began sipping out of my plain, Styrofoam cup until they called out my number. In no time I found myself at a booth staring down at a large, simple but admittedly “old fashioned” burger in a timeless plastic basket. I think the Beatles were singing from the juke box in the background when I took the first bites of my burger. There were no toppings on it; I added some mustard and ketchup myself. How can I describe the experience other than this… there are times in life when you just want a good burger. Jack’s delivers. I think the Beach Boys were singing when I started into my vanilla milkshake. Part of me wanted to go back into the kitchen and see if someone’s grandma just made this from scratch. I’m sure it wasn’t but it tasted so good. Was it fancy? Of course not! It was simple. It was vintage. It was old fashioned. That’s Jacks. There’s a time and a place for a place that takes you to a different time. I love this restaurant. I will definitely be back. And I will definitely bring friends.
Name: Lanae Lawford
Occupation: Fashion Stylist
Lives In: Hollywood, Florida
Restaurant Pick: Royal Pig Pub
Reviewed:Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House
We came in to Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House, we ate and we left. The cheeseburger came with the fixings sealed in a Ziploc bag atop the bun. I was perplexed at first but after consideration, I believe that technique blends with the atmosphere. It’s an antiquated and old-fashioned restaurant with a small staff. The menu is quite simple and to the point, that is refreshing. The patrons seemed to be faithful longstanding guests from the grand opening way back when; this can mean that the food delivers the same quality each time. Who can argue with principles like that? We enjoyed fries with our burgers, there was no seasoning or salt added. Although I may not return, it isn’t because the food isn’t edible. It is simply a lack of comfort and modernized appeal to a foodie like me. I prefer a menu with fancy additions that aren’t easily replicated at home. Jack’s is simple and classic in its own right.
Name: Staci Langston
Occupation: GIS Analyst
Lives In: Miami, Florida
Restaurant Pick: The Local Craft Food + Drink
Reviewed: Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House
Once we entered the restaurant, it was fairly busy, the parking lot was relatively full, and there wasn’t a sign or anything, just walked up to the registers and ordered, then with your receipt you got a number for your order. Both my husband and I ordered the original cheeseburger, I got grilled onions on mine and he got grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and bacon. We also ordered a side of regular fries and chili cheese fries. We got our food in about 10 minutes, then we went to the condiment bar; I went a little crazy and put pickles, mustard relish, and fresh onions on mine. We sat down at the booth and enjoyed our burgers. The fries were bland and tasteless which was very disappointing. The bun the burgers had was just a regular bun and almost disappeared with the burger and toppings. I was disappointed that they didn’t give as much care and attention to their fries and buns, it would’ve made the whole meal that much better. The chili on the chili cheese fries was alright too, I didn’t feel like it really offered much in terms of flavor. After we finished eating I decided to get a chocolate milkshake and that was very good. A classic blended milkshake with chocolate syrup, I was pleased and ate more of that than I intended to. It’s a clean up after yourself place and we did that before eating. The people were always coming and going and the business was fairly steady the whole time we were there. It’s clearly an institution; the people there loved it, there were families, workers, grandparents, friends, everyone. It was a bit of a drive for an average meal, but I’m sure if I lived closer I would grab a takeout burger when I was craving a homemade patty.
Location: Pompano Beach
Type of Cuisine: Fast food
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