E Is for Eh at Jack’s Brewing Company in Fremont
My big "beef" when I order a hamburger? When it arrives medium well to well done after I order it medium rare. Oh, the humanity! Although the burger was just OK, the fries were pretty darn good and the best thing I tried here.
My friends with kids chose this place for dinner because there is never a wait on a weekend night. I can understand the sentiment, but of course that doesn't necessarily mean it's good either. Jack's deserved a solid "eh."
My husband's chicken fajita sandwich had a good quality chicken breast as a base. The carmelized onions., tomato, and guacamole were good with it (but not amazing), but it was still pretty mediocre overall.
One of my friends is in love with their meatloaf sandwich. Since I didn't try it and it scared me a little I'll have to take his word for it. They serve huge slabs of meatloaf on top of a mountain of potatoes. We asked, "That's a sandwich?" and he pointed out that there were actually pieces of bread under the huge beef and potato landscape.
Our friends raved about the brownie sundae which they said was good and huge for $5.50. When it arrived they said it was noticeably smaller than it used to be (it arrived average sized). Also, the ice cream was halfway into a pool of melt on top - it should have been served right away. The brownie tasted fine, but it was still pretty average.
Atmosphere-wise it's a little too loud, especially for a table of 4 or more making conversation. There's a cool foozball table when you come in (though you have to pay to play). The first thing you see when you come through the door is the brewery equipment on display (huge vats, kegs, etc.). There's another room behind glass that would ostensibly display more brewery apparatus (I just checked and the plural of apparatus is apparatus), but instead has a couple kegs and a Coleman cooler like it's a junk room. Like the food it’s just another thing that Jack’s is pretty blase about.
Jack's Brewing Company
39176 Argonaut Way
Fremont, CA 94538
Hm. I haven't been there in a couple years -- when I was working in Milpitas I had a tendency to drive, well, as far afield as Fremont to just see what various places are like, and I'm nearly always up for trying a new brewpub. I went to Jack's twice and remember it as being a rock solid "not so bad." They did at least get my requested-medium burger to me as medium, and the "Black Jack" burger was fairly tasty (not truly blackened, but to be fair there don't seem to be many places that really *mean* blackened when they say it). The next time was a chicken sandwich. I think. Or something with chicken. Even looking at the menu doesn't bring it back.
I seem to recall both their beer and root beer were good, but again, nothing special. "Eh" is probably a good summation -- were I living or working close to Jack's I'd probably still drop by occasionally, but now that I live in Foster City, the Steelhead Brewery up in Burlingame amply fits the role of unimaginative but amiable brewpub.