Jack in the Box – Broadway, Idaho Falls
After dinner in West Yellowstone, we drove down to Idaho Falls to stay one more night before heading back to Salt Lake City. This was a special part of the trip because J’s first job out of college was in Idaho Falls and it’s where she met a group of ladies that she still calls friends to this day.
We had a hard time finding a hotel deal and ended up at a Motel 6 on the west side of town that had pretty good reviews for a Motel 6. The price was right and we really just needed a bed for the night.
We got to town just before sunset and J wanted to go explore her old home. We drove by her old place of employment, her old apartment, downtown, and some of the shopping districts….and surprise, things had changed quite a bit in ten years.
We got back to the hotel a little after 10. We thought we were in for the night, but there was a Jack In The Box that shares a parking lot with the hotel and it was just mocking us…begging us to come get some late night fast food that we really didn’t need.
Surprisingly, this was not my first Jack in the Box trip. I have actually had the opportunity to stop at a drive through once before in the St. Louis area. J and I went there for a weekend not long after we started dating and passed one on the way home. She went on and on about the $.99 tacos so I turned around and went to get a couple to see what the hype was about.
Idaho Falls has two Jack in The Box stores. One was right next to our hotel on Broadway near I-15. The other is on the east side. We went to the one we could have walked to, but the inside was closed so we actually had to drive so we could go through the drive thru.
Jack in the Box is pretty typical for a fast food joint. You could easily pull up at any one of their 2200 locations and mistake them for any of the other thousands of fast food restaurants in this country.
I ordered the Bacon Ultimate Burger and left off all the condiments I normally leave off. Just give me the meat and cheese. This sandwich is two patties, three slices of bacon, American and “Swiss-style” cheese. I’m not joking about that. They actually use the phrase “Swiss-style” in the official product description on their website. As with most fast food burgers, this one was good. I ordered this sandwich as a meal and got the french fries and a Coke. The fries were typical fast food fries. Nothing I would write home about, but quite tasty.
J passed on ordering a full meal and just ordered the two things she always really liked from Jack in the Box. She got the Bacon Cheddar Wedges and two Tacos. The tacos are interesting. The only vaguely look like a taco, so it’s hard to see what’s actually in. To me, they look more like a calzone in a taco shell. The sort of crispy taco shell is wrapped around what I assume is seasoned taco meat, lettuce, cheese and taco sauce. BTW, the look NOTHING like the website picture. Still, they’re pretty good. It would take about a dozen of things to even start thinking about satisfying me, but they are a nice little snack or compliment to a meal.
The Bacon Cheddar Wedges looked pretty good. It’s pretty obvious to figure out what they are from that title. The potato wedges are topped with melted cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar, and bacon pieces. J didn’t share any of these with me, so all I can say is that they are J’s favorite.
For fast food, Jack in the Box isn’t all that bad. I mean taste wise, not “not that bad for you”. It’s still fast food though. Our bill was $15 even and even though we didn’t need more food, we didn’t want to pass up the chance to stop for a meal at this missing from Michigan chain.