Atlanta restaurant reviews, culinary news, and gluttonous gossip by admitted foodaholic Serina Patrick

Pitstop at Jason’s Deli

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With Roly Poly closed and Robeks new owner serving half-ass salads, my lunch options have been seriously compromised. Sure, I love my weekly visits to Lee’s Bakery, but one can’t live on bahn mi alone (OK, perhaps that’s not true.)

While running errands in Sandy Springs, I decided to stop at Jason’s Deli, a national chain (there are 240 stores in 28 states) that I’ve successfully avoided for years. I was surprised how large and busy the restaurant was when I walked in. Guests order at the counter and take a number. There were so many options! Sandwiches, pastas, salads, soups, and a variety of combos. I took a moment to study the menu and decided on a Smokey Jack Panini: smoked turkey breast, bacon, jalapeno pepper jack, guacamole, and roma tomatoes pressed within olive oil-basted French bread. It came with a tiny bag of chips, all for $7.29.

As I waited for the runner to bring the sandwich to my table, I noticed almost everyone left with an ice cream cone. Hmmmm…free ice cream? Just then my order arrived. There was plenty of turkey inside the bread, but not nearly enough of the other ingredients. And the cheese wasn’t even melted…I was hoping for a toasty hot panini. Nevertheless, it was certainly better than average.

I gobbled up the sandwich then investigated the mysterious ice cream cone situation. Along the back wall, behind the salad bar, I spotted the soft serve machine and made a vanilla cone, to go. I won’t be avoiding Jason’s Deli in the future.

4705 Ashford Dunwoody Road 770-671-1555

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