Quick Restaurant Review – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs – Not impressed.

IMG_0510I’m a good fan of sandwiches.  Especially if they are made by someone else.  Today I decided to try Jimmy John’s Gourmet subs (#JimmyJohns) because I heard somebody recommend them once.   I’m not sure why I had never tried them before.  It just wasn’t convenient or something.

I went in and looked at the menu then placed my order.  There are only two choices of bread.  I ordered “French” which turned out to just be “White bread.”   The bread is almost breadless.  Its is really just crust with about 1 millimeter of bread on the inside.  Breadless bread.  Hmmm.  Not a good start.

I moved over to where they were assembling the sandwich but my view was blocked by metal covers that hinge up and down over the ingredients.  Hmmm.   How am I supposed to select my veggies?   Bam.  They handed me my sandwich.  Wait…. What??   You didn’t ask me what I wanted on it.   Ok.  I’m new here so I took my sandwich and sat down.

I unwrapped it and took a bite.  Hmmm.  It’s missing…..everything.

I went back to the counter and explained that it was my first time here and asked if they had pickles and Jalapenos and stuff.   They gave me some jalapenos but told me that they charge extra for pickles.   Hmmmmm.

I put the jalapenos on and ate the rest of my barren sandwich.  Filling but boring and not very healthy as it contained only Meat, lettuce and Tomatoes.  I would have liked mustard on it rather than mayo but was not given a choice.

As for the “Gourmet” part.  I need to look up the definition on Google.  Let’s see:

gour·met
ˌɡôrˈmā,ˌɡo͝orˈmā/
noun
  1. a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.
    synonyms: gastronomeepicure, epicurean; More

    • of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet.
      modifier noun: gourmet
      “a gourmet meal”

 

Nope.  Not that either.  Not sure if tacking the word, “Gourmet” on stuff makes it better.

Overall I fail to see how Jimmy John’s stays in business.  I guess it is regular sandwiches for regular people.

Personally, I shall not return.  If you just want a sandwich and don’t give a shit then this might be the place for you.  If you care at all, I would recommend Subway (#subway) where you get everything or even Jersey Mike’s (#jerseymikes) where you can get it Mike’s way with peppers and relish and have a blast of flavor.

Sorry Jimmy.  Not for me.

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Pizza hut reinventing itself. Is this necessary?

pzahtOur old favorite pizza place is about to change everything.   Pizza hut has experienced 8 consecutive quarters of low sales.  Personally, I find it hard to understand.

After all, Pizza Hut makes the best pizza.  It seems that today’s kids are caught up in the games that other places have and don’t mind eating the nasty plain pizza that those places serve.  Of course kids are all about the pepperoni only pizza.  They don’t have the palate to appreciate really good pizza anyway.

I’ve tried plenty of pizzas but when I want an especially good pizza, I always go to Pizza Hut.  Ask for extra sauce and jalapenos on the stuffed crust supreme and there’s no need to go anywhere else.   Ever!

Of course I have noticed that business has been slow at Pizza Hut.  Usually my mom and I are the only ones there.  They obviously have to do SOMETHING to get the business back.  Included in their plan are 11 specialty pizza recipes, 10 crust flavors, 6 sauces, 5 toppings and 4 drizzle flavors.

If done correctly The Hut may be able to bring in some new business for a while.  Maybe it will be their chance to introduce themselves to a whole new generation of customers.

I might try a few of their new options but I’m sure I’ll always go back to the original supreme.  It just doesn’t get any better.  They better keep it on the menu!!

Quick Restaurant Review – Casa Rio in San Antonio

csrioIf you find yourself in San Antonio and want to eat quality Mexican food on the Riverwalk then go directly to Casa Rio.  This restaurant has been here since 1946 and serves flavorful Mexican dishes that you will not give you diner’s remorse except if you eat too much.

With meals priced at $7 to $10 and a table right on the river you can’t go wrong.  I’ve eaten at plenty of Mexican restaurants around San Antonio and for a city that has more Mexican restaurants than Mexico, you would be surprised at how many just aren’t very good.  For being in a tourist location, the prices and food are well within the enjoyable range. My favorite dish is the Casa Rio Deluxe Dinner.  It has some of everything.

There is a small parking lot at street level that charges a $7.00 flat fee.  You can park here, eat and walk the river.

Quick Fast Food Review – Little Caesar’s Pretzel Crust Pizza

Pretzel Crust PizzaNothing in the kitchen sounded good today so I decided to go out and pick up a Little Caesar’s Hot and Ready Pretzel Crust Pizza costing me $7.54 (or something.)

It smelled good in the car.  I got it home and tried my first piece and was surprised to find something completely different from what I expected.

This pizza replaces your regular tomato-based pizza sauce with nacho cheese much like you would see on concession stand nachos.  I’m pretty sure it is the same thing.  It is interesting because it gives the pizza a creamy consistency.

The crust is brown and chewy like a soft pretzel but not as puffy as their pictures seem to advertise.

But then no product looks as advertised so nothing new here.

The crust under the toppings is pretty much your standard thin-crust style.  The pretzel outside ring was very salty.   Almost too salty.

But then if you are trying to be a pretzel then salty is expected.

Personally I would have preferred the regular tomato sauce but it was nice to try something different even though I had no idea what I was getting into.  I didn’t read the description.

It looks like Little Caesars also has a few new kinds of crust like Stuffed Crust and something else I can’t remember.  Their website is not responding right now so I can’t look it up.

thLittle Caesar’s Pretzel Crust pizza was an interesting experience but I don’t think I would buy another one in the future.

Still.  Thumbs up to Little Caesar’s for finally trying new things after decades of cardboard flavored pizza.  I look forward to trying some of their other pizzas.

Now they can at least compete with Dominoe’s new style.

Quick Restaruant Review – Jersey Mike’s Subs

jmikeThe other day I came home from work to find an advertisement hanging on my front door.  It was a coupon and invitation to visit a new sandwich shop that opened up in the old Hollywood Video shopping center.

I am a big fan of sub sandwiches and visit Subway at least once a week.  I have been getting a little tired of Subway lately.  Not because of any dissatisfaction but just because I go so often.  My other favorite alternative sub shop, Quiznos, seems to have gone out of business leaving me sad.  See my story on the closing of Quiznos.

Today I took my coupon and headed to Jersey Mike’s.  I had been looking forward to it for a few days.  The store was new and the employees still learning but the experience was good.  They have fewer choices of bread and veggies than Subway but that’s not always a bad thing.  Sometime you just want a sandwich and don’t want to have to think too much.

Getting your Jersey Sub, “Mikes’s Way” makes it even more brainless.  They put on shredded lettuce, tomatoes and douse it with red wine vinegar, olive oil and oregano. (I think).  I don’t know who Mike is but he has good taste.  Want it even better?  Add jalapenos, banana peppers and their red pepper salsa-looking mix.   Even without a coupon, at $5.45 for a sub, it’s a fair deal.  Add chips and a drink for $2.25 more.  Still a fair deal and comparable with Subway in price.

It was a very good sandwich.  I enjoyed every bite.  I will be putting Jersey Mike’s on my Visit Often list.  Hooray!