STAFF PICK: Johnny Rockets, 825 E. University Blvd. Where can you find a place to eat a good hamburger in a fun atmosphere and at a budget-friendly price? One of the best is Johnny Rockets, at the corner of Euclid and University. The location is convenient to shopping, entertainment and site-seeing around the UA campus. Open for lunch and dinner, serving up all the favorite standbys of "All American" fare, this '50s throwback to the neighborhood streetcorner malt shop lures you in for a good time. The friendly servers dressed in pure white "soda jerk" uniforms hand out nickels for the jukebox. The delicious burgers here come wrapped in white paper and are served with the works. Add a side of crispy fries or onion rings along with a one-of-a-kind cherry coke, and you're guaranteed satisfaction.
STAFF PICK: Gus & Andy's, 2000 N. Oracle Road. The Lettas brothers have been at it for more than 50 years on the same corner that their dad staked out after leaving upstate New York. You'll step back in time, no doubt. Not a whole lot of political correctness here, either. But there is a terrific, thick burger served on a soft onion roll plain or with American or Swiss and served by real pros--they remember how you like it cooked and what condiments you'll need.
Of Mythic proportions: Wilbur's, in the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Wilbur's is a sports bar named for that too-nice UA mascot. Don't be put off. The namesake burger is a good one: high quality, thick and sporting cheese and mild Anaheim chile. The place can get a little noisy with pool and music; off hours are best.