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Dec 15, 2009 08:11 AM

Jake's Hamburgers, CT---anyone been?

Being a chowhound is something that fills me with pride. I'm the go-to person in my family and group of friends that everyone hits up for chowish recommendations. Every now and then though someone comes out of the woodwork to ask me about a place that (shocker!) I didn't know about.

Jake's Hamburgers is a place I got questioned on today and I never heard of the joint. There is a location in Rocky Hill and another in East Windsor. The menu looks nummy (burgers, dogs, other stuff). Has anyone been? I would like to potentially hear comparisons to 5 guys, and Red Robin (I prefer the former, but I enjoy that Red Robin's menu is larger than 5 guys).

Come on people...what do you say about this place? Should I hit it soon and what should I eat?

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  1. I'm intrigued! Might have to make a field trip to Rocky Hill this weekend! I hope someone responds to this post.

    I did a search on the Mid-Atlantic boards, and it appears they are on par with Five Guys. (although Five Guys fries are hard to beat)

        1. re: Meesch70

          Just happened to be passing the East Windsor place at lunchtime today so stopped in. Unless you're a "completist" and want to visit every burger joint within a 500-mile radius or some such thing, I wouldn't bother. I only had the one-patty cheeseburger (yeah, they offer 2 or 3, I think, in addition) and fries. The burger was fairly standard--not much different from McDs, IMO. I ordered it with katsup and pickles--had to add more katsup from the table. The fries were 1/4" style, crisp, but not much flavor. Two things to be noted: the burgers are cooked on the grill right in the open; your order is brought to your table by the young waitstaff. There are many flavors of shakes, hotdogs, caesar salad (bet it's a LONG ways from authentic!), etc. The environment is typically spare--wooden tables and chairs that are comfortable. We need to hear about other items on the menu but my expectations would not be high.

      1. We stopped a few months back, hoping for a great new burger joint. Have to agree with poster above, very meh overall. Nothing stood out as great, everything was average - burgers had little flavor, rolls were average white bread-y, fries were average.

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        1. re: TnTinCT

          I'd say that the burger was a step above Wendy's & Mcdonalds but not a big step. The fries, however, were not very good. I'd take Mcdonalds and other fast food places over it anyday.

          They seem to really push their shakes and have a lot of flavors. I had one and it was good, again a step above a shake from the usual fast food place but not as good as going to an ice cream parlor or Friendly's.

          It, in my opinion, is not worth a major trip for. If you are driving 15 minutes or more for it I'm not sure you're going to be thrilled. Not bad but not that good either.

          1. re: Nickmerill

            Thank you all. I appreciate your feedback and will probably not make a special trip to this place.

        2. I've been to the one in East Windsor a couple of times. It's okay, but nothing really special. Their claim to fame is that they don't cook your food until you place the order, and dress it with the condiments you want. I don't eat ground beef, so I can't attest to the quality of the burgers. A friend tried the junior cheeseburger, and said it was okay, but not spectacular. The grilled cheese is okay, as long as you don't mind it being cooked on the same grille as the burgers, where it picks up the flavor of the beef fat. Fries aren't cooked to order, so they're good if you happen to get them while they're still fresh and hot. Ditto for the home cooked potato chips, which were warm on wonderful on my first visit, not so warm or wonderful on my second stop. The shakes are mixed to order, and served in those metal cups I haven't seen offered to the customer since I was much younger than I am now. I do have to say that the staff was very accommodating and cheerful.