Oct 28, 2016

Sponsored Tasting: Jack in the Box's New Brunchfast

The following is written by me and sponsored by Jack in the Box.

Jack in the Box's new Brunchfast menu aims to offer the breakfast-lunch combination all day long. I recently stopped by my local Jack in the Box to try the whole menu all at once.

Here's what you can expect from the new menu:

The mainstays of Brunchfast are the three entrees: the Brunch Burger, Bacon & Egg Chicken Sandwich, and Southwest Scrambler Plate.

The Brunch Burger ($4.09) includes a 100% beef patty, a fried egg, a slice of cheddar cheese, two slices of hickory-smoked bacon, and mayo on a buttery croissant.

This was my favorite back when it was first introduced back in 2013 as a late-night menu item. Since then, it got an upgrade to cheddar cheese over American but lost a hash brown patty. While I miss the hash brown patty (and definitely recommend ordering it with one), it still makes for some good eats between the moist burger patty, slightly crispy egg, thoroughly melted cheese, and smoky bacon.

The Bacon & Egg Chicken Sandwich ($4.69) consists of crispy-fried white meat chicken topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, and bacon mayo sauce on a toasted English muffin.

The chicken looks to be the same as they use on their Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club and it's notably thick. If you're looking for protein, this one is your go-to as you have the egg, cheese, bacon, and chicken.

Given that you're getting mostly the same ingredients between the two sandwiches, it's really a choice between the meatier, crispier chicken and an English muffin or a beef patty and a croissant. Croissants are listed above English muffins in my book but I'm pretty sure you can sub out one for the other.

The Southwest Scrambler Plate ($4.89) features scrambled eggs, fire-roasted peppers and chiles, Homestyle Potatoes, and melted pepper jack cheese.

There was a nicely melted layer of pepper jack blanketing my eggs.

The Homestyle Potatoes are also available as a side. They were thick-cut, crispy, lightly seasoned, and a little oily as if they were pan-fried for a bit. They went well with the bacon. You can also always ask for the cheese on the side, and put it on the potatoes. An order costs $2.19 at my local Jack in the Box.

The featured sides for Brunchfast are Orange Cranberry Muffins, Mini Pancakes, and the aforementioned Homestyle Potatoes. You can actually get any of them as the side option in a Brunchfast combo meal (the prices range from $5.89 to $6.69 [may vary] depending on the entree) or you can go with the standard fries or curly fries. I imagine you can easily get them with Jack's regular combos as well, in case you're only feeling halfway brunch-y.

The Orange Cranberry Muffins come three to an order and were fruity but not overly so. They have a dense, moist crumb to them. You might not guess it from the lack of "mini" in the name, but they're mini muffins that you can pop into your mouth or share relatively easily. They were $1.49 for an order.

The Mini Pancakes are taken from the regular menu and, like the muffins, are a snackable side option. I've noticed that Jack in the Box tends to offer a lot of items in shareable forms (which probably works as people tend to snack more nowadays). The pancakes go for $1.69 with eight to an order.

For drinks, there's new Blood Orange Fruit Cooler and Iced Coffee.

The Blood Orange Fruit Cooler resembles Italian soda with the syrup pooling a little at the bottom for visual effect. It tastes like orange soda but with some added depth from the blood orange flavor. You might want to try topping it off with actual orange juice to get more of a mimosa feel. The price came out to $2.29 for a large cup.

I'm a big fan of Jack's Iced Coffee, which is extra-creamy, smooth, and not too sweet. I like to go with the Original but they also offer Caramel and Vanilla flavors. It was $1.99 for a regular 16-oz cup.

And that's everything you can expect to find on Jack in the Box's new all-day Brunchfast menu, which is especially nice if you, like me, tend to frequent Jack in the Box during the wee hours of the night. After all, that was the inspiration for this concept.

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