I prefer burgers over pizzas, I feel like there is just so much you can do with a burger and it can taste completely different to the last one you had. Which is why me and my friend decided to try out Arizona Joes, we wanted a big fat burger and a catch up.
There aren’t a lot of restaurants in Bolton that I can say have nice interior, and Arizona Joes joins that short list. It was surprising clean and the atmosphere was inviting. The restaurant/takeaway had a bit of a retro feel to it, with red cushioned sofa booths and classic wooden tables and chairs. There were posters on the walls giving it that 80s American feel. The seating and floor (and overall interior) was generally clean. The only negative I have to point out is that the menus were dirty and confusing to read (each section on the menu was on a different sheet), which was a tad off putting.
Burger was made fresh to order, you could tell that it had not been waiting around in the kitchen waiting to be finished. The burger buns were surprisingly soft, anf the flavours within the patty and the sauces were not overpowering. It was a good balance. The description matched the burger, but it was not as sweet as we were expecting (which is a good thing). The food looked presentable and didn’t arrive as a mess with filling all over the place. They were served in plastic basket trays which held the burgers an the fries reasonably well.
Just like with the sweet sedona, the burger that arrived matched the description. There wasn’t too much filling, nor too less. We got the big fat burgers we wanted. Flavour wise I have to say that Arizona Joes hit the nail on the head, everything was balanced and the meal tasted great. The burger had just the right amount of spicy kick, not too hot.
Now here is where the verdict differed between me and my friend. I personally was not a big fan on the fries whereas she liked them. They weren’t regular fries (which I feel like should have been mentioned in the menu) but they were skin on fries. That did make the texture of the fries more interesting, and they did come with peri salt sprinkled on top. To me the fries tasted too much like they had come from a freezer (which I knew they would be, but I wouldn’t want them to taste like that?)
The burgers came in envelopes that made them so much easier to eat. It meant that they were not messy to pick up and bite, and you wouldn’t have sauces dripping down your hand. You can eat a messy burger without making a huge mess! This was a huge selling point for me.
I did feel like the restaurant didn’t have the widest selection of sauces, but the worst thing was that there were fruit flies surrounding the area where the flies were. Maybe pass on the sauces if you give Arizona Joes a visit?
In all honesty, the staff did not seem happy to be working there. I don’t know if it was an off day for them, or they were just plain bored, but they weren’t cheery and welcoming. To make up for the lack of enthusiasm, the food did arrive at a decent time. We were given a buzzer, which was a plastic square, that vibrated like crazy when the food was ready).
My friend ordered the Sweet Sedona Burger Meal (£5.45) and I ordered the Phoenix Burger Meal (£5.75). The food tasted good, the portion size was generous, and it was on a main busy road with a number of food outlets. Definitely good value for money.
Would I come again?
Yes. Yeah. Yup.
Good value for money, good food, clean place. Parking was easy to find too. There were definitely more positives than negatives, and I do like a good burger. It’s a yes from me.
Lot’s of love,