Andre Is out of town, so I went ahead and had an early afternoon breakfast with my friend Jack, over in his Box. Jack is right next door to McDonalds, which serves breakfast all day, as long as a stale biscuit will do.
In the unlikely event you don’t know, Jack in the Box is a QSR (quick service restaurant) started in California that heavily adopted using a drive through window intercom, long before Dave Thomas popularized the concept at Wendy’s. Jack in the Box is for the person who thinks McDonald’s has higher quality food than really necessary – but they do serve breakfast 24 hours a day. “I’ll have a double cheeseburger, order of onion rings and a large orange drink!”
The Jumbo Breakfast platter met my expectations. I was given a number and 6 minutes later, my breakfast arrived at the table. The scrambled eggs were surely the liquid egg type, the hash browns were similar to the McDonald’s version, the 8 mini pancakes came with vegetable oil “spread” and HFCS “pancake syrup”. The sausage struck me as probably turkey sausage – it doesn’t say one way or the other. But for $3.29, you can’t complain!
The difference was the employees actually seemed happy I was there. The counter person was attentive, the manager said hello (probably because I’m not a regular). Noise of things beeping was minimal, their kitchen area seemed uncramped, and the employees were not being treated like lab mice running through a maze trying not to be shocked for being too slow.
I’m not in a hurry to go back, but it was an interesting experience. If I needed breakfast at 2 AM, I would probably go to the Waffle House.