I had the opportunity over the weekend to try out the new Pastrami Grilled Sandwich at Jack in the Box. Nice work Jack, you've successfully brought a traditional deli favorite to the drive-thru crowd.
The sizable wrapper suggests this is no ordinary fast food sandwich. Unwrapped, we encounter a pastrami sandwich the way God intended it to be: Seasoned beef pastrami on grilled sourdough (yes, rye bread would've been more traditional but Jack makes do with what Jack's got). Deli mustard. Swiss cheese. Big-ass sandwich pickles. Cut in half, thank you very much.
My only beef (wink) was with the amount of meat. The bread was made for something more, and a true deli stacker would've had the pastrami piled high. Of course, this, plus the aforementioned substitution of sourdough for rye, are concessions one must make for a $3.99 fast food sandwich. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise outstanding offering, and a great alternative for the "I'm tired of burgers and chicken" crowd.
Here's hoping this "limited time only" treat will make it onto the permanent menu.