A good cheese burger, chocolate shake and fries; you can’t get a meal more American than that.
There are two, what I’ll call, old-fashioned dive burger joints in Livermore. There is Ben’s Burgers, which I wrote about back in June; and there is John’s Char-Burgers, which just happens to be #29 of my Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge adventure where I’m on my way to eat at every restaurant in Livermore.
There are other old-fashioned style burger places in town like Nation’s, Foster’s Freeze and maybe you can count In-N-Out as well. But those places are chains that lack that wonderful dive aspect that make dives so great. John’s, located on the edge of downtown on Old First Street, is one of those places. You can tell you’re at the right place by the old brick facade and large faded sign.
Take a step inside and it feels like you stepped back in time. You’ll think you walked into the Brady Bunch era with their yellow laminate countertops and orange vinyl booths. Everything from their napkin holders to the coffee machine is just as it was long ago. I don’t know how long, but they that color yellow has been out of style for at least two-to-three generations.
Whenever I go to a new place to eat, my friend’s words run through my mind, “When you go out to eat, go with what they’re good at!”
At John’s the choice is obvious. Here’s what my wife and I ordered:
- 1/4 lb Char Burger with Cheese ($5.30)
- 1/3 lb Super Burger with Cheese ($5.95)
- Small Order of Fries ($2.45)
- Large Chocolate Shake ($4.75)
- Water ($0.00)
With tax, our total bill came to $20.11 which is a bit on the expensive side. Ordering the exact same thing at Ben’s Burgers will run $14.55 including tax. That’s pretty significant difference. But is the price worth it? Let’s find out…
Noah’s New York Bagels
1412 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550
Chewy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside; bagels are a wonderful creation dating back to 16th century Poland. It’s funny what you learn when you blog about great restaurants in town.
Want to know? Check out this video on how to make real New York Bagels.
If you’re in the mood for a bagel Livermore only has one option, Noah’s. Not a fan? Pleasanton and Dublin offer a half-dozen different bagel shops to choose from. So no need to panic as there are plenty of choices in the Tri-Valley.
Since I was in the mood for a light lunch, and do most of my munchin’ in Livermore, I thought I’d give Noah’s in Livermore a try.
Normally the first Saturday in October is the annual Livermore Airport Open House. It’s a fun event to see some really cool aircraft, listen to some good music, and have some great food. It’s really a great event for the family. Best of all – it’s FREE!
Unfortunately the 2014 Airport Open House has been postponed until next year, October 3rd, 2015.
The airport is currently undergoing several construction projects that would impact the event, so they decided to cancel this year’s event.
However next year however will be a big deal as the Livermore Airport turns 50!
Visit the Livermore Airport’s website for more information.