|Sign on the road.|
|Web banner for the burgers I got|
I had been nagging the boyfriend for us to try the place last weekend, but between me having to work & stuff like that, I ended up going today and picking up some food to take home.
|Line was back to the door.|
|Milkshake making: not a 2 person job|
|Crunchy Peppercorn Burger|
Overall, it was a decent service experience. I didn't expect sparkling service, just as nobody really should within the first 3 weeks someplace is open. I headed home and was grateful I had a 5 minute jaunt down Route 8 and another 5 up the hill. The food smelled awesome. As soon as I got home, we dug in. The food was not exactly optimal temp, but if we ate there, I'm sure that wouldn't have been a problem, so I can't penalize them for that. The burgers were juicy and delicious, not quite as "OMG WTFRIGGINAMAZING" as I found Five Guys to be when I first had it, but still awesome in their own right. I only got ketchup and grilled onions on them...they were apparently out of pickles. Definitely not a bad thing though because it allowed you to taste the burger for what it was and not have it masked by all sorts of extra crap. I'm not convinced I tasted the peppercorn sauce, but the burger was still delish. The boyfriend suggested I get bacon on them next time...and I certainly will. The regular fries, I thought were nothing to write home about. They were just kind of meh Wendy's-esque (Before Wendy's recently revamped their fries) french fries. They were crisp enough and weren't overly salted, which was excellent...I just didn't find them to be particularly amazing. However, the chili cheese fries...which were the regular fries topped with chili and cheese were delicious. My only regret, the portion should have been a bit bigger...I think I paid almost $4 for them...and I think the regular-sized fry (which was the largest they had) had more fries. Oh well, I bought them to split anyway.
Overall, I think Jake's is an excellent addition to the Torrington area...in a pinch it will replace Five Guys when we don't feel like driving to Avon, Plainville, or Brookfield, and it certainly is not the same old same old we have in an over-saturated fast food scene around here. Once they figure out how to run the place like a well-oiled machine, they'll be fine.