Jack in the Box
This is the third review of a three part series introducing the Jack in the Box menu to the new Indianapolis market (first review and second review). The focus of this review is some of their unique sides and the value menu.
What I Got: Three piece Stuffed Jalapenos (pictured above); ~$2.79.
Breaded, spicy jalapeños stuffed with a blend of melted cheeses and served with Buttermilk Ranch dipping sauce. I lost my receipt for this order but the three piece comes in at around $2.79. I must say that I liked the firm crunchy outside coating that did not allow for any leakage of melted cheese from the inside. However, at about ninety cents a jalapeno, if you need some melted cheese, go for the bacon cheddar fries instead.
Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger; $1.19 and Jr. Jack (pictured below); $1.00.
Jack has four burgers on its value menu. The Jr. Jack and Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger(pictured below) share the same type of bun, and a very bad one to say the least. It is a typical white enriched flour type of bun where the outside easily breaks apart, is dry, and tastes awful. The Jr. Jack has lettuce tomato and mayo, but as you can see from my picture, the mayo was lacking, the lettuce was soggy and the tomato lacked any taste. You pay an extra $0.19 for the bacon but the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger was just as bad as the Jr. Jack. Stay away from both of these and choose The Big Cheeseburger for children and the Jumbo Jack for the adult appetite. Both come with a Sesame Seed Bun and are juicy in comparison to the other two dry Jr. burgers on the value menu.
Value Fry; $1.00.
I thought the portion was fair for $1.00. Jack’s fries are not great but good enough if you are there for some of their other menu items. A Jumbo Jack with a value fry is the cheapest way to get through Jack at $2.69 plus tax combined if you do not need a drink. Speaking of drinks, thankfully they have Coca-Cola products, but their drinks are nearly twice the price of McDonald’s and just do not seem to taste as good.
Egg Rolls(pictured above); 1 for $1.49 or 3 for $3.49.
Egg Rolls are one of my favorite foods, but considering the focus is fast food burgers, my expectations were low. Jack’s egg rolls are pork, were crispy, and contained the common ingredients you find in any other standard egg roll. The sweet and sour dipping sauce was the disappointment. The top ingredient in the sauce was high fructose corn syrup, which we know is bad for us and quickly disappearing in a lot of our food. The result was an awful overpowering sauce that was all sweet and no sour and inedible in my opinion. I was surprised to see a California based company still using a product that its primary ingredient is high fructose corn syrup and I would not buy them again until they get an improved dipping sauce.
Chicken Nuggets (pictured above); $1.29 for five nuggets.
The nuggets were white meat and had a flavorful crisp coating on the outside. My daughter loved them and so did I. Jack’s nuggets are a winner, especially when comparing them to their competition and one of the better value menu items.
Would I Buy It Again? Of Course. If you have not been to Jack yet, it is time to give it a try. Just like any fast food burger stops, it has its winners and losers. For the price, you can’t beat the Jumbo Jack and it is worth the forty cents to add cheese. Breakfast items are almost all winners and so are their sourdough sandwiches. Jack has a couple of deli sandwiches, some good looking salads and even a chicken teriyaki bowl that I have yet to try giving it some unique menu items and creating niche for itself here in Fast Food City of America (Indianapolis). Although Jack is a nice addition to the Indianapolis market, I still long for the king of west coast fast food, In-N-Out Burger to come here. Its eastern most location is Texas, so I think we will be waiting for a while.