I first heard of Jason’s Deli from my high school friend Cal. He wrote about it on Facebook a while back and raved on about how great it was. I remember looking it up about a year prior to his post because I was looking for an alternative to the Soup Plantation/Sweet Tomatoes I visited in Atlanta. To this date, I still haven’t found one but in terms of salad bars, Jason’s Deli comes close.
Jason’s Deli is a restaurant chain that takes pride in the fact that it serves healthy, fresh, and some organic foods. They boast that you won’t find any junk like MSG, high fructose corn syrup, & trans fats in any of their food. The price tag at Jason’s Deli is slightly more expensive than your average lunch fare but for the healthy conscious, the selection at Jason’s Deli may be your cheapest choice (entrees are priced from $6 – $8).
Jason’s Deli is arranged in an unflattering cafeteria-style layout. Traffic flows in a line along the kitchen where you order, pay, and pick up your food (if it was something quick) to the salad bar & fountain drinks. The remaining space is used for seating, which you will be lucky to get if you go during peak hours. When you find your seat, you’ll put your numbered card on a metal stand on the table and the staff will eventually deliver your food because it was made to order. They’ll even bus your table if they see you’re finished (or you left already).
The menu is extensive and consists of a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches that will fit your craving. I ordered a Reuben sandwich with chips and Haley ordered the “All You Can Eat” salad bar. If you love salad, I would highly recommend you get the salad bar unless of course you want a specialty salad like the Taco Salad. Most everything that is on an entree salad is at the bar and you can add a side of meat (ham, grilled chicken, etc) for a small fee. Everything on their salad bar is so fresh, you would think there was a farm out back. I have yet to eat any wilted greens, mushy grapes, or soggy mushrooms from their bar. In addition to that, you gain access to potato & pasta salads, an assortment of bread products, and even soft serve ice cream!
Of course if you’re a man and you want something meaty, you’re covered. Jason’s offers several sandwiches on their menu or you can build your own. Their sandwiches are decently sized but if it’s a bit too much for you, then you can half size any sandwich. I always end up getting the Reuben because I really like corned beef & sauerkraut… so I can easily say it’s one of my favorite sandwiches (hence my 1lb Reuben I ordered in NYC a few weeks ago). A really good Reuben will have sour-crispness from the cabbage mixed in salty, thinly sliced pieces of beef, and a buttery, nutty flavor from the melted Swiss cheese. Of course you can’t forget the rye, a hearty bread with little bits of caraway to give you that kick reminiscent of licorice & dill.
As I mentioned before, to get these kinds of ingredients would cost you an arm and a leg at one of those organic specialty stores… but sometimes I crave them. Especially when I eat really badly, I go to Jason’s Deli the next day because it makes me feel good about what I ate.
3065 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Bill Total: $18 For Two