Sep 22, 2010

Review: Jack in the Box - Pastrami Grilled Sandwich

Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich
Jack in the Box's latest artisan grilled sandwich is the limited time Pastrami Grilled Sandwich for $3.99. The Pastrami Grilled Sandwich keeps it fairly simple with pastrami, melted Swiss-style cheese, pickle strips, and a deli style mustard.

First off, the bread was grilled to a nice crust, but wasn't quite crunchy like if you grilled bread at home. It was also a bit chewy, but holds the pastrami and other fillings very well.
Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich side view
The pastrami was surprisingly legitimate pastrami. It was not super-thin-sliced (like Arby's) supermarket-deli-aisle pastrami like I expected, but actually had a crust, a meaty texture, and came in good proportions. Flavor wise, it didn't taste too salty and had a nice slightly peppery-ness. Due to uneven distribution, I did run out of pastrami on one half though.

The pickles, cheese, and mustard were of premium quality and complemented the pastrami very well without overpowering it. The cheese is very mild but very nicely melted, it almost looks like mayo, no?
Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich close up
All in all, a surprisingly good pastrami sandwich and one that's actually worthy of being called a premium fast food sandwich. Hopefully, it'll end up making the regular menu.

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Nutritional Info - Pastrami Grilled Sandwich
Calories - 616 (from Fat - 286)
Fat - 32g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 2039mg
Carbs - 54g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 28g


  1. i thought it was nasty

  2. How so? I'm just curious to see if maybe the good one I got was just an anomaly or if it's just a difference in taste.

  3. I agree with you. First of all, it was ridiculously salty. I literally could only eat a couple of bites and the rest went into the trash. The meat was so-so, and the cheese was, well I don't know what it was but it didn't taste like cheese at all.

  4. WouldibuyitagainSunday, January 22, 2012

    Looks pretty good actually

  5. I know! I was pleasantly surprised!

  6. If you thought it was edible - let alone good - then you got a much better one than the rubbery mess I got. (Although now that I think about it, the JitB that I went too usually is worse than others in the Pasadena area. Maybe I should take a hint and stop going there.)

  7. I must have. Mine's actually had that slow-cooked pastrami texture; you know less processed meat and more actual beef. I got mine from the one on Fremont.

    Maybe I should never get one again so I can treasure the memory in case they screw it up the second time... Haha.

  8. Ah. I used to go to that one but on weeknights during rush hour it can take a half hour just to drive the three miles there. So I went to the one in Highland Park close to Figueroa, which is a little bit closer but I have never had good luck with.


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