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  • ck__too ck__too Apr 7, 2003 5:36 PM Flag

    Ultimate Salads

    Anyone do a taste taste / value perception between the Box's 'Ultimate Salads' and those you now see in McDonald's? They are rolling out now and will be widely avaialbe by the 14th of this month.

    The price of the Ultimate salads is an inital shocker at $4.49, but then once you start on them it is more that two meals. A super value and twice as "big" by weight and look to me than the Premium ones. Asian Chicken, Southwest Chicken, and Chicken Club. Incredible good and filling. All chicken diced and cold. Very attractive. And they have them up front ready to see how good they look.

    I can't believe they can do it at that price. The cost must be high because all the incredients are so plentiful and densely packed. Anyone know the food costs?

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    • Try the southwest. It is the best.

    • They probably sold alot more than they anticipated, I know this can happen at times, but they had better get a handle on it soon, or they will get a negative backlash. In my own (small) restaurant we can run out sometimes, but if it happens often people get angry and don't come back.

    • I don't think so. If I went out to purchase a salad that they are advertising and they told me they were out I doubt I would return. That isn't a good thing and I hope they are fixing that. You can go to Wendy's any time of the day and if they are out they tell you they have to make one and it takes like 2 minutes...don't see why they couldn't at Jacks...anyway I just got a coupon at www.jackinthebox.com for a free drink when I buy a salad and am looking forward to trying one...they look fantastic....either the southwest or oriental..don't know yet...but if they tell me that they are out of salads I will be pissed...jmo.

    • fattymcbutterpants2001 fattymcbutterpants2001 Apr 29, 2003 11:40 PM Flag

      Gotcha,
      Glad you are a member of the Clean Plate Club. I've been a charter member for a LONG time and have the manbreasts to prove it.

    • An excellent query, Mr. McBP! I wrote the second paragraph of that post mostly as a response to Flip'n's post #3410, where he complains that the salad is too dense...to wit: "It did seem to be forced into the container, I prefer my salad tossed and lighter. I may have enjoyed it more dumped on a large plate and tossed."

      My point was that the salad comes with its own large plate built right into the package: the lid. I would also like to point out that, in Flip'n's post where he reports that he didn't enjoy his salad, he says he had the Asian Chicken salad. The one time I had that one, I wasn't crazy about it either.

      Every time I've had the salad at JBox, I've been a proud member of the Clean Plate Club. However, I prepare and eat three smaller salads in the one sitting rather than consume the densely-packed large one.

      I apologize for my vague post and appreciate the opportunity to clarify my position.

      -Geoff



      Fatty McButterpants writes:
      > Excuse me Geoff,
      > But the second paragraph of your post really
      > upset me. How could you not be able to put
      > away that salad?
      >
      The second paragraph of Geoff's post was:
      >> The lid of the package acts as a large,
      >> convenient serving bowl where one may move
      >> a portion of the densely-packed salad to
      >> toss and eat. In doing this, I find myself
      >> enjoying about three or four medium-to-large
      >> salads out of one package.

    • fattymcbutterpants2001 fattymcbutterpants2001 Apr 28, 2003 10:46 PM Flag

      Excuse me Geoff,
      But the second paragraph of your post really upset me. How could you not be able to put away that salad? What's the matter with you? You need to take a good look in the mirror and get tough with yourself. Check out the photo in my profile. You, my friend, are a culinary wimp and I say that so you will get it together and down that salad next time you are at Jack's. Ask for an extra dressing and smear that on as well.

      Fatty

    • I've enjoyed the chicken club salad three times and have been impressed with the sheer amount of salad in the package. It's a lot of salad.

      The lid of the package acts as a large, convenient serving bowl where one may move a portion of the densely-packed salad to toss and eat. In doing this, I find myself enjoying about three or four medium-to-large salads out of one package.

      It's a lot of food and I find myself full at the end. Speaking for myself, I was satisfied with the ratio of chicken, bacon, cheese, etc., to lettuce. Also, the ingredients in the salads I've purchased have been very fresh.

      It doesn't take much effort from the staff to remove the prepared salad from the counter-top fridge to sell it to the customer. Even with the risk of tossing extra salads at the end of the day, the premium price makes it seem like a profitable product for jbox to me.

      -Geoff

    • I would agree they were on the cold side too. The presentation of each was a plus to me, and the flavor of the side items tended to offset the cheaper lettuce base to suit my preferences. The physical size relative to McD was a plus even at 60c more.

    • I only had one - it had tons of lettuce - thats what I remember most. It was huge. Seemed like it had been in the cooler too long. I'll try a couple more and report back. I am long the stock - wish I could say they were fantastic, but honestly I've had better.

    • JBX is incredibly cheap here. Small float.

      But we need pricing power. Stop the hamburger wars. Hopefully we won't get salad wars.

      Found a Motley Fool article a while back from Whitney Tilson on just how cheap JBX is.

      Cassandra (the Pittsburgh housewife)

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