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Aug 10, 2009 12:54 AM

Any Other Jack-in-the-Box Lovers Out There?

Surely I can't be the only one who loves this place. Granted, I haven't had a burger at JitB in several years, but I find many of their other menu items to be fantastic.

After frequenting god-knows-how-many other chains, I find myself coming back to JitB based on a few constants: excellent (make that pretty damn good) customer service, tasty chicken, a frequent rotation of new desserts, and delicious small bites (i.e., fries, chicken tenders, jalapeno poppers).

My SO thinks I'm crazy for being such a regular customer. Any other chowhounds who find themselves oddly drawn to this joint?

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  1. Jack in the Crack was part of the bad ol' days for me. When I was overweight, and absolutely reliant on fast food instead of cooking. Or even microwaving. I really enjoyed going through the drive thru, ordering a grease bomb of some kind (they had a sourdough burger I used to order), some ridiculously oversalted and deep fried curly fries to go along with that. Topped off by a dehydrating soda. It was awesome but really bad for your health.

    The place was admittedly very popular as a post clubbing, post inebriation must stop. Hey, it was open, and it was greasy. That's all that was asked!

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    1. re: NewDude

      Can't argue with your points. Admittedly, I patronize JitB approximately 3-4 times a month. I am not, nor have I ever been, overweight. In fact, I consider myself to be in pretty darn good shape and health. I just can't seem to get past my craving for this place.

      1. re: NewDude

        wow, was like reading a mirror. Waddaya mean an ultimate bacon cheeseburger combo isn't a snack?

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          You are a riot, my friend!!! Love those, btw!!

      2. Coupon good for 2 free tacos (no purchase necessary) for tomorrow 8/11. I think you can get the link on the Chains board. Not so good tacos, perhaps even offensive, but still free.

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        1. re: TomSwift

          I tried the tacos once. They deep fry them. They were literally as hard as plastic. I still ate them, though. Sometimes, I just wonder...

        2. I'm not much of a fast-food person, but I love their commercials for their mini-sirloin burgers, with the "little people" cowboys and the "cows the size of schnauzers but they're cattle"! Anyone tried the burgers themselves?

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Not for another 2 hours. I think those commercials are inspired and although I may not actually eat them all for lunch today I'm going to try them. I'll report back. Bear in mind that, corporate policy for uniformity notwithstanding, the Jacks I'll go to here in So Cal may be atypical.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              The commercial is better than the burgers. ;)

              I tried them twice at a friend's insistence that they were actually really good. They weren't. Dry, bland, bleh. But, I LOVE the commercial and especially the "cows the size of schnauzers" line.

            2. Even Jonathon Gold (Pulitzer prize-winning food columnist for the LA Weekly) has admitted he likes the stuffed jalapenos. Me too. They can be lethal to a white shirt, though.

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              1. re: melissa511

                They undoubtedly make the best ff jalapeno poppers. Ever. Their tacos - not so much, we have better tacos in SoCal that come off of roach coaches.

              2. I love it! My favorite is their chicken fajita pita. I also think they have the best onion rings of any other fast food joint.

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                1. re: kjen

                  kjen and Phursluv: you just described my two weaknesses, jalapeno poppers and chicken fajita pita. Their poppers are a decadent cheese bomb that go down way too easily.

                  I remember in the 80s, after the ecoli burger-death scare, this chain was stigmatized. Then something happened; in the early 2000s, they created kitschy, talked-about commercials, and stepped-up the quality of their food, along with the service. Viva la Jack-in-the-Box.

                  1. re: Leancuisine

                    The fajita snacks are good too. The calorie content on the regular pita is pretty good and it is very filling compared to other fast food joints.