Recently, when I have heard the words “Jason” and “Deli” in the same sentence, I have only heard one of two responses. I have heard either “that place is really good” or “that place is always packed, is it any good”? The second response made it easy to decide my next place to review. I am happy to report that yes, Jason’s Deli is good.
I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I walked in. It looked like a chain in the vein of a Panera or Newk’s. Jason’s Deli is family friendly place for “fancy” sandwiches, soups, and salads. This worried me originally, as I do not like Panera or Newk’s. This worry was put to rest when I tried the food.
The atmosphere of the restaurant reminded me of a cross between a standard deli, Subway, and a Sizzler. Nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. It was clean and the staff was friendly. I’ll admit, it was a little daunting to order. The menu is rather large and I didn’t feel like there was a proper place to stand. If there had been a line behind me, I would have felt rushed. The cashier offered some helpful suggestions and I proceeded to place my order.
Much like Newk’s, you are given a number and the food is brought to the table by a server. I ordered the California Club specialty sandwich. The menu describes it as: Toasted croissant with turkey breast, bacon, Swiss, tomato, sprouts, mayo, guacamole. The sandwich is served with fresh fruit, steamed veggies or baked chips and pickle. I choose the fruit.
One of the advertising point of Jason’s Deli is that they do not use High Fructose Corn Syrup or preservatives in their food. I could tell from each bite of my sandwich that this was the case. Everything tasted fresh. However, do not confuse fresh with healthy. These are not always the same thing. Much like Panera or Newk’s, this sandwich was fattening (but delicious). I was the most impressed with the croissant it was served on. I found the croissant to be soft, buttery, and flakey. The turkey was standard, but the veggies had a nice balance. I would also say the guacamole added extra depth to the sandwich. The fruit (strawberries and cantaloupe) had a nice color and bite to them. You could again tell they were fresh. They were unexpectedly served with a dipping sauce. It tasted like a strawberry cheesecake yogurt. It added that extra zing to the fruit making it that much more enjoyable.
Every meal at Jason’s Deli comes with free, unlimited soft serve ice cream. There is also a chocolate dipping sauce that can be added to the ice cream. By default, there are only cones out for the taking, so if you prefer a bowl, you must ask for one. To me, the lack of corn syrup (that is in some soft serve) made this ice cream above average.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at Jason’s Deli and will be returning. Just a few notes: they do have low calorie, vegan, and gluten free menu options available.
Jason’s Deli can be contacted at:
2335 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32301