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Jack in the Box

American fast-food restaurant founded in 1951 in San Diego, California

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I defy anyone to eat 2 Sirloin Burgers

  • May 19, 2009
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I think this is an urban legend, but I'll repeat it anyway: one of JITB's less-than-honest employees was selling drugs through the drive-in window at one location and got caught. The local newspaper ran the story with the headline "Crack In The Box", and this nickname has stuck ever since. I'd like to believe this is true, not because I think JITB is bad in any way, but because clever headlines make newspapers worth reading. It was probably the New York Post, thinking about it, since their editorial is horrible but they frequently nail it on the big words.
I discovered JITB when I was living in Texas. There was one at the bottom of my road, 3 minutes' walk from my house. This is how I discovered they won't serve drive-thru unless you have a car, which seems a nonsensical policy in some respects. Presumably, in a robbery I'd be getting away very slowly on foot, compared with having a vehicle?

Anyway, I used to be a fan of the $1.29 Jumbo Jack, which was their value burger. This is right up there with Costco's hotdogs as great value comfort food. They'd always attempt to upsell me on the cheese (50 cents!) or a Coke ($2!) but I was dedicated to staying on course with the plain burger.

But then I discovered the Sirloin Burger. Ordering one of these things is an experience in itself. When the burger arrives, the enclosing box is roughly the size of a pizza carton and looks like it could feed a family of five no problem. The Red Cross will soon be dropping these on famine-stricken countries and have to design special parachutes so people don't get crushed by the four pounds of burger hurtling towards them at terminal velocity. 

Yet despite the claims of 100% sirloin trumpeted on the posters, I've yet to see the similarity between said burger and a steak, but I suppose I'll have to taken their word for it. I presume that setting fire to one of these items in the classic 'peanut energy test' they make you do in high school would prove that each burger yields 1.4 Megajoules, roughly the same amount of energy released in the primary ignition of a thermonuclear explosion.

And yes, I'll take that with the curly fries.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Jack In The Box next to the Westfield Shopping Center is now closed! No fast food for a least four blocks in any direction!

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Quick Tip by . October 20, 2010
Great and varied menu selection with all day breakfast.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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A Varied menu, a decent value menu and breakfast all day long. More consistent then McDonalds and even better taste.
review by . June 25, 2009
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Well maybe I DO want breakfast after 10:30!
Jack in the Box answered my dreams.  You can get breakfast food items at any time of the day.  I hate it on a slow morning when I want breakfast but realize I only have precious time to nab a breakfast burger at almost any other fast food establishment.  Jack in the Box doens't give a Jumbo Jack what time it is, breakfast is any time of the day and sometimes, you don't want a burger, I want the breakfast items. Jack in the Box has a large variety of food items such as cheeseburgers, …
Quick Tip by . September 10, 2009
They used to be in NY when I was a teen then they disappeared. They raved about one of their burgers in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Quick Tip by . September 10, 2009
The milkshakes and deep fried potato wedges with cheddar cheese and bacon bits from Burger King are so good! Wonderful PMS food.
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Jack in the Box is a fast food chain founded in San Diego, California.  Most of its locations are in California and the West Coast.  Many operate on a 24 hour schedule and offer all menu items at all times (including breakfast).

Jack in the Box serves typical American fast food products but also very Americanized versions of ethnic foods: egg rolls, tacos, teriyaki chicken bowls, and other items which come in rotation.

In 1993, Jack in the Box burgers were found to carry E. Coli, killing four children and affecting numerous others.  As part of the settlement, Jack in the Box meat was required to be cooked at 155degrees Celcius, 15 degrees higher than it was currently cooked at.

All Jack in the Box restaurants were closed in Colorado following this event, and the first one was reopened in Golden, Colorado in 2007 after being non existant in the state for 11 years. 
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