Wednesday, April 9, 2008

PepperJax Grill

Restaurant: PepperJax Grill
Address: 1040 South 74th Plaza
Genres: phillies
Check Constraints: None
Chain: Yes | More Omaha Locations: Several, and a pair of KS locations

  • Steak Philly ($5.69)
  • Fries ($1.89)
  • Soft Drink ($1.69)
My wife and I ate here this afternoon, and I wanted to make a quick note about something that changed. I decided to put up a full review for it, however. The place calls themselves "quick casual", and this means that food is prepared in front of you at the counter with no wait staff, which makes it a lot like Subway. They have a very narrow selection of menu items. In fact, they all fit on a 2' x 2' square diamond shaped menu that hangs on the wall where you wait in line. Your options are philly, wrap, rice bowl or salad with chicken or beef (or shrimp for non-phillies). There are options for toppings and such as well. You order at the counter. The guy cooks it on the grill there. You move on down the counter, pay at the register there, and then go find a seat with your stuff.

The building is decorated in faux-brick and many photos of early 1900's Omaha. The ceiling is open girders and vents painted black with hanging track lighting. This wouldn't be too bad, but the contrast with the light from the huge front windows makes it seem darker inside. A few TV's hang in the corners.

The thing I mentioned above that changed are the available sauces. They seem to be trying to save money by having their own PepperJax (PJax) branded sauces. Since I last went, they have taken away the bottles of Heinz 57 and A1 sauces and replace them with big pumps full of three different PJax steak sauces. This is ok, except for the fact that I look forward to eating my fries with 57 sauce, since you rarely see it around. They also have a few PJax branded things on the table. I didn't like the smell or taste of any of those. The ketchup on the table was Hunt's, which, to my wife, is a sin. She grew up in Pittsburgh, which is of course the home of Heinz. (Hunt's happens to be a ConAgra brand.) I was a bit disappointed, but the fries are decent without sauce.

The philly itself is pretty good. You get a good sized sandwich and a big basket of fries. The sandwich is pretty juicy and ends up soaking the bottom of the bread. I have been here a few times, but have only gotten the steak philly since the variety is so low. The other options don't interest me much. It's a pretty decent sized meal for the price, but it borders on the expensive side in my opinion.


Anonymous said...

Hey Buddy, for one you have obviously never been to philly and tried and actual philly. First off pepperjax phillies are twice the size for a cheaper price. 2ndly sauces? Really? thats what your complaining about? I have been to pepperjax and there Heinz 57 and A1 versions taste THE EXACT SAME as the original stuff. And really your disappointed in the ketchup? Get a life ketchup is ketchup its all made from tomatoes. If your really complaining about a place because of there sauces your freaking ridiculous. This is the dumbest review I have ever seen and you should never review a place and let people know about it ever again. Reading your review was like listening to a 2 year old tell me why they don't like vegetables!

NinjaDebugger said...

Oooh, looks like somebody can't take a bad review of his restaurant!

Moogle said...

I'm not your buddy, pal.

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