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Jul 20, 2010 09:39 AM

Jake's Wayback Burgers

Just saw a sign for these guys. They will open up beside the Starbucks at Rte 100 and Gordon Rd.

Looks like they are part of a group (not a chain, I don't think). Including a place in Willow Grove. Anyone have any reports?

We sure could use a decent burger place around here. The closest Five Guys is in Wayne, and the Good Dog place in Downingtown is a hike, as well as difficult to park at.

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1650 Nixon Dr, Moorestown, NJ 08057

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  1. is this the same as Jakes right over the PA/DE line ? I work very close to that location and would be psyched for a good burger place to be that close

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    1. re: smobron

      Same (well almost) name but different franchise...

      1. re: smobron

        went to Jakes Wayback for lunch today ...really good burger we both loved that they toast the buns ......fries were nothing special but the vanilla malted shake I got was awesome ......I will return for sure

        1. re: smobron

          Jake's Hamburgers and Jake's Wayback Burgers are the same. The chain started franchising a couple of years ago and has rebranded into Jake's Wayback Burgers. The signs on all the original locations will be changing to the new name and logo.

          1. re: JakesExton

            Um, yeah, we know. We get it. How many times do you have to post and repost on the same thread something that's already been stated here?

        2. Went to Jake's in Willow Grove and it was just so-so, not much better if at all than Five Guys. The burger is much better at Jack Frost's in Glenside which I know does you no good being out along Route 100. Jake's burgers are fried on the grill like Five Guys, Jack Frost burgers are char-broiled and much tastier. The Jake's fries were also only so-so same with the homemade chips, only so-so. The milkshakes looked good at Jake's, didn't have one but the person next to me was enjoying one and said it was good, but as I remember a little on the expensive side for the shake. Would I go back to Jake's? Hate to say it but probably not as I like the burger I cook on my charcoal grill in the summertime with a toasted roll better than Jake's.

          1. Five Guys has opened a location just down the road in Exton Mall!!

            Does anyone know anything about the Butcher Burger that will be opening soon in Lionville (the old Charleez's location)?

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            1. re: mdbudd

              oh man 2 burger places right near my work ...I might start to not hate Mondays so much ......thanks for the info

              1. re: mdbudd

                Went to Butcher Burger last night. It's good, I would put it a notch ahead of Jakes. Burgers are fresh meat, cooked on a griddle, but covered. Fries were fine, unpeeled. Couldn't tell for sure if the potatoes were frozen or not. Counter staff is a little clueless, but you have to assume that they are minimum wage / age to work.

                Hours aren't posted yet, they don't have a printed menu, and the cold drinks fridge was awful bare. But I think they were only in the first few days of existence.

                We'll have to see how these two places shake out. I remember Charleez started off OK, but within months, the staff were running it for their own convenience. You'd show up at 7 (they were open till 9) and they would tell you hurry up, they want to go home at 7 and they'll "do you a favor" and serve you if you order fast. I stopped going, and was not surprised when they closed.

              2. I think there's one that recently opened on Rt. 1 near the Walmart just outside Kennett. It's hard to read the sign from the road.

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                1. re: CindyJ

                  That's were I saw the Jake's Wayback sign...I bet it's where Firehouse BBQ used to be. Thanks for posting that.

                  I remember when the other Jake's used to be good when there were only one or two in them in Delaware. Then they down-sized the burgers so that they are mini-sized (probably to compete more closely with Five Guys). The fries became more inconsistent too, even with the Old Bay. The B&W milkshakes have always been top-notch though.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    No... not exactly. It's in the freestanding building where a coffee place used to be, in front of the Hilton Garden Inn, fairly close to Rt. 1. Firehouse BBQ may still be in the back (or maybe it has closed -- no loss there!) next to a Subway and Wings-to-Go.

                    I had wondered whether Jake's and Jake's Wayback were the same franchise.

                      1. re: bluehensfan

                        Sorry... I didn't mean to offend. I was only there once and found the ribs to be so overcooked it seemed like they'd be sitting there for days.

                        1. re: CindyJ

                          No offense taken at all. Without a doubt when you were there you had to eyeball the food to see what looked good and what did not. It was very obvious when the baked beans were crusted over or the ribs looked petrified. But sometimes I'd hit the jackpot and get stuff as it just came out of the oven.

                      2. re: CindyJ

                        FWIW, Jake's website makes no distinction between the locations with the original red & blue sign (e.g., Chadds Ford, Newark) and the "Wayback" locations (e.g., Exton, Kennett Sq.); they also link to the same menu.

                        When I worked in Delaware, there was an ongoing squabble: you were either a "Jake's guy" or a "Pit guy". I was, and am, a (Charcoal) Pit guy all the way.

                        1. re: brandywiner

                          Well, the Charcoal Pit is something of a Wilmington icon, and it's certainly withstood the test of time. I lived in Wilmington briefly in the mid-70's, and the Pit on Concord Pike was always a favorite spot of mine.

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            Yes the "Pit" is awesome, but as I remember, cash prepared

                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                              Not true anymore. The Concord Pike Pit started taking plastic a couple of years ago. (I assume that means the others do, as well; certainly the "Pit Sports Bar" -- a misbegotten concept, IMHO -- in Prices Corner has all along.)

                  2. Thanks, all. It should open in the next few weeks. We'll try it and report back.

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                      1. re: mdbudd

                        Yes, thanks. We tried it last night. Very serviceable burgers, OK fries. I would call it very similar to Charcoal Pit. Similar also to Five Guys (and you are right about the Five Guys in Exton, I had just forgotten about them) but a different taste to the meat. In fact, since you mention Charleez, I think that the taste is very similar.

                        I wonder if the potatoes for the fries aren't frozen. They weren't that organized last night, but that seems forgiveable for a first day of business.

                        Overall, a convenient addition to the area. I'll travel a long distance for a good meal, but I have trouble making such a trek for pizza or a burger, or even decent Italian. At least this solves my burger problem.

                        1. re: FrancisdeR

                          Not sure I understand. Whatever your prefernces re: Jake's v. Pit, I don't see how their burgers are particularly similar. They srtike me as almost lining up on opposite sides of the "West Coast" v. "East Coast" style divide.

                          I can see a more valid comparison between Jake's & Five Guys, based on fairly limited experience with both.

                        2. re: mdbudd

                          Is this the same Jake's: ? I tried one of those this past week and it sucked.

                          1. re: Buckethead

                            It's the same one. Perhaps you can be more specific?

                            1. re: leepinleemur

                              The burger didn't have much going on in the beef flavor department, I mainly just tasted the toppings. The fries were nothing special. Both were inferior to the nearby Five Guys (there's one a mile away from the Jake's I went to, which was on 202 just on the PA side of the PA/DE border). They do have milkshakes, which is something I appreciate, that was probably the best part of my lunch actually. There's also another local burger chain called Zac's in that area which is better.