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2014-05-15 09:16:24 AM
Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.
 
2014-05-15 11:13:19 AM
I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.
 
2014-05-15 11:17:43 AM

Walker: Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.


They responded by revamping their entire cooking process and rebooting their supply chain. They haven't had an issue since -- over 15 years now.
 
2014-05-15 12:09:06 PM

strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.


It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.
 
2014-05-15 12:29:56 PM

strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.


They're not as greasy as most fast food, especially the breakfast sandwiches.
 
2014-05-15 12:30:13 PM

HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.


I've got Jack in the Crack tied with BK and Hardee's.  A step above McD's, but a really tiny step.
 
2014-05-15 12:37:08 PM
I swear my city (Riverside, CA) is ground zero for every single fast food chain in the universe (well, at least those that have outlets in California).  Jack in the Box is one of at least six or seven different chains that have at least a half dozen restaurants in the city-and their food is pretty good.
 
2014-05-15 12:37:59 PM

HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.


That's probably the most apt description of JIB tacos I've ever seen...they aren't real tacos, but goddamn, they're good. I'd kill for a sack of them right now.
 
2014-05-15 12:54:28 PM

oh_please: HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.

That's probably the most apt description of JIB tacos I've ever seen...they aren't real tacos, but goddamn, they're good. I'd kill for a sack of them right now.


---My vegetarian friend still eats the tacos.  He figures its mostly soy filler anyway, so its his cheat food.  JIB is awesome because they have breakfast 24/7.
 
2014-05-15 01:06:42 PM
I don';t think I've ever gotten a Jack in the Box order quickly. It always seems to take a long time. I even had a manager offer me a free dessert for the wait, despite being the only customer in the store at the time. The food is good, but the time required to get that food is not even close to what I would expect for "fast food".

The order of my preferred chain joints:

Smashburger
Five Guys
Carls Jr.
Wendys
Jack in the Box
BK
McD's
 
2014-05-15 01:10:00 PM
Breakfast 24/7  & caters to stoners with their late night munchie meals...
of course profits are up.
 
2014-05-15 01:16:33 PM

natgab: JIB is awesome because they have breakfast 24/7.


Vice versa applies too; IE, if you want a burger, fries, and a Coke at 8 am, no problem.
 
2014-05-15 01:16:34 PM
They should bring back their points program
 
2014-05-15 01:25:32 PM

BKITU: Walker: Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.

They responded by revamping their entire cooking process and rebooting their supply chain. They haven't had an issue since -- over 15 years now.


So Management wasn't clowning around?
 
2014-05-15 01:27:20 PM
The burgers look good on television.
 
2014-05-15 01:37:55 PM
They need them in the Mid-Atlantic.
 
2014-05-15 01:42:18 PM

StrikitRich: BKITU: Walker: Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.

They responded by revamping their entire cooking process and rebooting their supply chain. They haven't had an issue since -- over 15 years now.

So Management wasn't clowning around?


Actually it's 20 years.
 
2014-05-15 01:44:14 PM

HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.


I had forgotten about those tacos.  IIRC, they had pockets of meat-like substance pressed and sealed in the folded-over shell, kind of like a pierogi.  They were bland enough to calm your fears about what you might be putting into your body.

(GIS)

Yep, that's them

The ad and the reality
cdn1.techbargains.us.com

www.iwashyoudry.com
 
2014-05-15 02:17:12 PM

strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.


I wouldn't make the trip just for that, but if you ever find yourself there, it's worth it. I loved Jack In The Box when I lived in CA.

/Nearest one to me is also 400 miles away in SC.
//But it's north instead of south.
////Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger FTW.
 
2014-05-15 02:24:28 PM
they also top taco bell in catering to stoners with the "munchie meal"

i.imgur.com
only available after 9 pm
 
2014-05-15 02:40:50 PM
I don't get many chances to go to Jack. They haven't been building new ones around Dallas, and the one left are in increasingly bad parts of town.

Remember when Southpark made the commentary about KFC only being in poor parts of town? Jack's next door.
 
2014-05-15 03:03:54 PM

sprawl15: they also top taco bell in catering to stoners with the "munchie meal"

[i.imgur.com image 850x1076]
only available after 9 pm


Ugggghhhhh, my heart just exploded.
 
2014-05-15 03:06:36 PM

pacochu: I don';t think I've ever gotten a Jack in the Box order quickly. It always seems to take a long time. I even had a manager offer me a free dessert for the wait, despite being the only customer in the store at the time. The food is good, but the time required to get that food is not even close to what I would expect for "fast food".

The order of my preferred chain joints:

Smashburger
Five Guys
Carls Jr.
Wendys
Jack in the Box
BK
McD's

Where would Whataburger be on that list? Or Cheeburger Cheeburger, or Back Yard Burgers, if you ever tried either of those?

Rapmaster2000: HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.

I've got Jack in the Crack tied with BK and Hardee's.  A step above McD's, but a really tiny step.

Do you still have a Hardee's near you? Does it still have the fried chicken?

StrikitRich: BKITU: Walker: Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.

They responded by revamping their entire cooking process and rebooting their supply chain. They haven't had an issue since -- over 15 years now.

So Management wasn't clowning around?

I would actually have eaten at Jack-in-the-Box a few months after the E. coli thing because I'd expect a company who had such a scandal happen take measures to keep it from happening again any time soon. I'd bet that they were one of the safer fast-food chains for awhile after that.

Sort of like shopping at Target with a debit card.
 
2014-05-15 03:15:36 PM

Odd Bird: HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.

I had forgotten about those tacos.  IIRC, they had pockets of meat-like substance pressed and sealed in the folded-over shell, kind of like a pierogi.  They were bland enough to calm your fears about what you might be putting into your body.

(GIS)

Yep, that's them

The ad and the reality
[cdn1.techbargains.us.com image 194x274]

[www.iwashyoudry.com image 400x300]


Don't forget that they are frozen and then deep fat fried. Yes the whole dam taco is deep fried. They tried spicing up the taco with jalapenos and nacho cheez, but it still did not make them taste any better. I mean really when all you do is deep fry the taco then open it up dump some jalapenos and nacho cheese into the shell do you really think that would improve the taste?
 
2014-05-15 03:24:40 PM

COMALite J: pacochu: I don';t think I've ever gotten a Jack in the Box order quickly. It always seems to take a long time. I even had a manager offer me a free dessert for the wait, despite being the only customer in the store at the time. The food is good, but the time required to get that food is not even close to what I would expect for "fast food".

The order of my preferred chain joints:

Smashburger
Five Guys
Carls Jr.
Wendys
Jack in the Box
BK
McD's
Where would Whataburger be on that list? Or Cheeburger Cheeburger, or Back Yard Burgers, if you ever tried either of those?



I had forgotten about Whataburger. How did that happen? I'd slip them in just behind Carl's Jr. The fries haven't been consistent enough for me. The whole preachy God thing on the windows is annoying too.
 
2014-05-15 03:29:49 PM
let's just hope a disgruntled Jack doesn't Jack in the Box.
 
2014-05-15 03:30:03 PM
I worked for Jack in the Box back when I was a teenager, they are one of the safest places you can get a burger, and they cook the food when ordered (within reason of course during busy times we'd make burger patties up in advance and have them on a warmer, 8 minutes would be the longest they could sit there).

Its not good for you (no fast food is) but the food is decent and they have funny commercials. Like the spicy chicken one right now.

http://youtu.be/Syf7YCOkNBA
 
2014-05-15 03:31:45 PM
Despite competition, Jack in the Box profits unexpectedly pop up


all that cheap Mexican labor does come in handy.................
 
2014-05-15 03:32:01 PM

Odd Bird: HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.

I had forgotten about those tacos.  IIRC, they had pockets of meat-like substance pressed and sealed in the folded-over shell, kind of like a pierogi.  They were bland enough to calm your fears about what you might be putting into your body.

(GIS)

Yep, that's them

The ad and the reality
[cdn1.techbargains.us.com image 194x274]

[www.iwashyoudry.com image 400x300]


The tacos are a delicious hangover preventor, but you can only eat them between 2 and 5 AM while drunk and if you are under 30 in age.  Otherwise you turn into a toilet gremlin the next morning.  It's worse than not eating at all and letting the hangover run its course on an empty stomach.
 
2014-05-15 04:34:30 PM

BKITU: Walker: Haven't had a Jack-in-the-box here in Virginia since shortly after that whole e. coli thing.

They responded by revamping their entire cooking process and rebooting their supply chain. They haven't had an issue since -- over 15 years now.


Since ... two weeks ago.

/West Chester, Ohio. Tylersville road.

Every single person who was there with me got violently ill about 3 hours after eating there. It lasted about 3 days. None of us had even been in the same city before hand. HAD to be the food. We didn't have anything (or anyone) else in common after either.
 
2014-05-15 04:36:12 PM
It's because I bought that sourdough jack a couple weeks back. This is how the free market works, I speak with my wallet and profits skyrocket.
 
2014-05-15 06:05:19 PM

Odd Bird: HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.

I had forgotten about those tacos.  IIRC, they had pockets of meat-like substance pressed and sealed in the folded-over shell, kind of like a pierogi.  They were bland enough to calm your fears about what you might be putting into your body.

(GIS)

Yep, that's them

The ad and the reality
[cdn1.techbargains.us.com image 194x274]

[www.iwashyoudry.com image 400x300]



Believe it or not, those make a really great hangover cure.
/Just don't eat more than two.
 
2014-05-15 06:14:26 PM

strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.


A tasty burger is not avilable at JitB. It's just fast food, IMO. I'm sure there's something local in SC that would be better.

It's ok for a drive thru, but in no way is it a tasty burger.
 
2014-05-15 09:04:58 PM
I frequent Jack in the Box quite often. It's definitely my go-to for fast food. Most of everything on their menu is pretty good, the Ultimate Cheeseburger, the Sourdough Jack and the Ultimate Breakfast sandwich. I've tried 2/4 of the Munchies Meals and they really fill you up. Curly fries? Yes please. Also, the churros are tasty. And everything is available 24/7.

On the fast food scale of 1-10, I'd give Jack in the Box an 8.

On the scale of good burgers, I'd give it a 5.

/Loves greasy food
//Bring back the Sample Trio
 
2014-05-16 12:29:14 AM
I must be in the minority.  I want to like them, but every time I eat a JitB burger, I get nauseous.  I normally have an iron stomach but it's something about the grease and the mayo on the burger that make it revolting.  Don't have that problem at McD's, BK, Wendy's or any others.
 
2014-05-16 03:09:44 AM

strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.


How can you pass up Pedro's South of the Border?
 
2014-05-16 04:51:38 AM

HeartBurnKid: strangeguitar: I've never eaten in one. I checked the website and they say the nearest location is over 400 miles away in SC.
If I ever go down to South Carolina is it worth it??

I loooove a tasty burger.

It's not bad.  Significantly better than McDonald's or Burger King, but below In-N-Out or Five Guys.  Not something I'd go out of my way to eat, but if you have the option, it's worth a try.

Except the tacos.  The tacos are the culinary equivalent of Manos: The Hands of Fate -- a food so bad, it somehow loops back around to being good again.


I agree.   I used to get 3 tacos for a dollar years ago and they tasted goooood.    They don't have any locations near where I live now either.

I still fondly remember their Jack-in-the-Box drive thrus - and when they blew them up.
 
2014-05-16 10:41:09 AM
The best thing about the tacos, as shown in the photo, is that you get a soft taco and a hard taco all in one taco.  The wetness from the meat (aww yeah) never makes it to the edges, so they stay crospy, while the innards are all gooey.

Though they need to bring back the Hot Mess burger.  If I knew it was a limited time only, I would have bought 500.
 
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