St. John’s is a pretty good low key local place to get burgers. It’s family oriented, cheap (every day they have some sort of burger that’s half off), and has some okay eats. I think over the years though, the place has gone slightly downhill. I seem to remember my first experience there being a lot better. Maybe I was really hungry. My subsequent attempts to go back have been met with no luck – everytime I tried to go back (3 or 4 times) the place was always closed! Finally, it was open this past week at a time I went.
You can actually see St. John’s off of Lawrence Expressway (perhaps on your way to Fry’s, or the Kaiser Hospital) but it’s located inside a strip mall next to a florist and some shady looking insurance company with some giant banner with a smiling Asian woman.
Once inside, you’re met with a lot of dark wood and big booths. There’s a long countertop where the burgers are made, but they’re so high that you can’t see what goes on back there anyway. After you order from their decent menu, you are given a beeper. The menu is pretty standard – various versions of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and of course, chicken.
I ordered a cheeseburger with grilled mushrooms, and Kyung ordered a hamburger with garlic. We also ordered onion rings and buffalo wings.
I was not impressed by my cheeseburger. It arrived without mushrooms, so I went back to the counter. The guy takes the bun with his ungloved, non food friendly grubby hand, reaches into a giant metal vat of precooked mushrooms, tosses it onto my burger, and unceremoniously replaces the bun and says nothing. The burger was salty, and the mushrooms didn’t taste like grilled oiliness, I don’t know what it tasted like. Not good, is the best way to put it. The onion rings, on the other hand, were great – fat and crispy. I ate mostly that. I am not a fan of buffalo wings in general so I only took one bite but Kyung thought they were great.
Each burger comes with a bag of lays chips. We left our bags unopened on the table.
St. John’s, you’re not as good as I remembered. I don’t know if I want another round.
St. John’s Bar and Grill
510 Lawrence Expy
Sunnyvale, CA 94085