Being 4 or 5 years old when they closed, I can’t say I remember the food. But I definitely kept the memories.
Two years ago, discussing old restaurants with Jake, we both recalled the Gino’s franchise. Googling the restaurant yielded good news.
They were making a comeback.
… and today was the opening day.
My wife & I joined friends for lunch today at their first location, across from the Mall in King of Prussia. As expected on the first day, parking was a pain…. but the ordering was quick and effortless.
The menu is not very complicated, burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and fries.
They were quite busy (as expected) and our food was delivered to our table in about 25 minute minutes.
I ordered a Gino’s Giant (with Bacon) and my wife had a Bacon Cheeseburger, both with fries. Two patties, lettuce, tomato and onions with a very sesame’d bun. The only difference between the two was the Giant came with “special sauce” which was alot like Russian dressing. Our companion had a better memory of the original sandwich and commented that it used to have a middle bread layer, not unlike the Big Mac, which it competed with. But he said the special sauce was spot on.
The burgers were quite tasty, juicy and perfectly cooked. As with most “stacked” burgers, I expected the meat to slide out the back of the bun in a drippy mess. Thankfully, this was not the case. The bun held the contents until the last bite.
The hand cut fries were also perfectly prepared, not too crispy and not too soggy. A splash of ketchup and a dash of salt & pepper completed them. Also offered are cheese fries, but we declined on this trip.
I fully expect that a bunch of their business will be nostalgia based. “Hey remember that place?!?!” In fact, a guy at the next table over asked us how we knew about the opening, and if we remembered the original. It turns out he was friends with the COO, Tom Romano.
Overall, this is among the best fast food burgers I’ve ever sampled. It’s up there with the former Ray’s Burger & Fries in Collegeville and 5 Guys (all over)…. better in fact.
We’re looking forward to the next visit.
611 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, Pa