We stopped in at this little cafe last weekend. We were quickly served at the counter but the good service stopped there. There were many dirty tables in the restaurant and staff seemed too busy to be able to clean them off. While we found a clean one I watched a few families clearing off/cleaning their own tables in order to sit down.
After a looooong wait (considering what we ordered), I was brought the wrong sandwich and a bowl of lukewarm soup (not made in house; I asked). My sandwich was quickly corrected, but disappointing as it only had a smashed egg in it and the toasted bread was very very dry around the edges. My son got the kids burger which was quite good, but they were out of tortilla chips and don't have fries so he had to get salad with his meal instead (we found this out when they brought the food out).
All in all, we won't be back.
I stopped by the Planet Java 50s cafe this afternoon, hoping for a great burger and fries. From the street the cafe looks like an authentic 50s joint, but once inside we noticed all the jukeboxes said 'temporarily out of service' (and we suspect have said this for a long time), and the material on the booths and chairs were ripped and generally tired and worn. The place itself is shabby, but not in a shabby chic way. The walls are crammed with memorabilia - OK if it was all relevant but 70s mustang posters don't really fit the bill.
My friend and I both ordered burgers (I had the Elvis cheeseburger, he had the Jerry Lee double bacon cheeseburger) and we were disappointed that the only choice of sides were tortilla chips, salad or potato salad. Unusual not to serve fries, so we ordered the potato salad.
Our food came very quickly which was the first clue that something was up . . . a freshly grilled burger couldn't be cooked that fast. They tasted OK, nothing special but not bad, but we began chatting about how we felt they had been precooked and just reheated when ordered. Then we heard a microwave ping and joked that they were microwaved. Then the penny dropped as we poked our head into the kitchen area - there were no cooking appliances in the kitchen! Just a couple microwaves and a kettle from the looks of it. No wonder there was no hot food, aside from burgers and a few daily specials, or fries etc on the menu!
To be fair, the potato salad was very tasty, although was served in balls using an ice cream scoop which made us feel like we were at a buffet or canteen.
So we left feeling rather short changed about our experience. It wasn't cheap (not expensive, but not worth the price) especially as you could walk a few steps down the street and have a freshly prepared burger at Beatniks with hot fresh fries. All in all, very odd, and I remain deeply suspicious of a cafe without a stove or grill!