I was excited when I saw that Jason's Deli would be opening here in Tallahassee, at a location that had seen a parade of short-lived establishments. I was even more excited when I started hearing my friends who had previously eaten at a Jason's Deli singing its praises:
"healthy and fresh"
"great organic salad bar with many options at a good price"
I am glad my cashier suggested the Manager's Special, which gave me a trip to the
delectable salad bar for a side!
"sandwiches with healthier options"
"great homemade soups"
"FREE soft serve ice cream"
Self Explanatory - yum!
Being me, I started poking around on the Internet to see if Jason's becomes involved with the communities where it does business - that's a critical point to win me as a loyal customer. I learned that, among other causes, Jason's Deli supports The Miracle League, which helps children have opportunities to play baseball, regardless of ability.
As I was visiting Jason's Deli for my first time ever, during a sneak peek last Friday, I overheard a customer say, "this is what Tallahassee needed."
The "sneak peek" crowd was numerous and enthusiastic.
It occurred to me that there are some "do's" and "don'ts" about Jason's Deli that will help us Tallahasseeans make up our minds regarding how much we need this new restaurant:
What they don't have:
High fructose corn syrup. (Read more about that here.)
Artificial trans fats. (Read more about that here.)
What they do have:
The honor of being named "Best Restaurant in America" by Parents Magazine (March 2011)
A corporate mission statement that emphasizes people as well as product (The mission statement is included here.)
A gluten free menu
Jason's offers a couple of conveniences that are new to me, such as paying for your soup and salad at a self-serve kiosk and the Jason's Deli App for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches (guess I'll have to get my teenager with the iPhone to help me with that one!).
Jason's Deli has given me a $25 gift card to share with one of you so you can find out for yourself if "this is what Tallahassee needed."*
To enter, please leave a comment on my blog letting me know what aspect of Jason's Deli you are most excited about!
To get an additional chance, please post the following to Twitter and let me know (via a comment) that you did.
I am joining @biggreenpen in welcoming @jasonsdeli to #Tallahassee! Fresh, healthy food served by friendly people. http://bit.ly/JasonsDeliTLH
I will choose the winner on Tuesday, January 19, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Please make sure to leave me an email address so that I can reach you if you're the winner
The food is prepared right in front of your eyes!
ps - special shout out to my cashier Shelby and my server Theodore - great job on the first day!
*The gift card can be used at any Jason's Deli in the US.
Author's Note: A commenter questioned my phrase "a parade of short-lived establishments" to describe the businesses that had occupied this building prior to Jason's. The commenter pointed out that after Banjo's (which was there a long time) vacated, the only other business was Helen's Silver Bullet Diner. I am unable to document any other restaurants in that location, so will concede that the "parade" was a very short one! I apologize for any misstatement. I know I hated driving by that location and seeing so little activity between Banjo's closing and Jason's opening - a vacant restaurant isn't helping our economy or filling our stomachs! Paula Kiger (2/29/12)