Eating to Live on the Outside: Jackson's Sports Grill


“I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightning. I see bad times today.” Maybe John Fogerty was singing about this week’s Eating to Live on the Outside—BECAUSE IT’S BAD! Jackson’s Sports Grill is a ROUGH mission.

Most of the menu is totally off limits. I mean I’m no dietician, but I hardly think meat pizzas, cheesecake, Buffalo wings, onion rings, Italian sausage, fried shrimp, and patty melts are nutrient-dense—right? Yeah, this isn’t going to be easy.

Okay, let’s see what—if anything—we can do with this menu. Well, the appetizers are out and so are the wings, pizzas, and desserts. So, I’ll just jump right to the salads. I see two I like, but they’re not without problems.

First, the Mandarin Chicken Salad; made with salad greens, green peppers, tomatoes, green onions, pineapple, mandarin oranges, Asian noodles, sesame seeds, sesame seed dressing, and grilled chicken breast. Okay, if you wanted to keep the chicken—I guess you could—but I’m ditching it, I’m also nixing the noodles and ordering the dressing on the side.

The next option is the Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad; prepared with Romaine lettuce, mandarin oranges, raspberry vinaigrette, grilled chicken breast, and shaved roasted almonds. Pretty much the same deal here; keep the chicken if you want to and order the dressing on the side.

Moving on, the sandwiches, wraps, and specialties are no man’s land—or should I say no nutritarian’s land. There are a couple fish dishes that you’d THINK would be a decent, but, in both cases the poor fish has been deep-fried to death—yeah, pass!

Now, below Jackson’s specialties are the sides; coleslaw, salad, Caesar salad, collage cheese, corn, green beans almondine, onion rings, mashed potatoes & gravy, French fries, seasoned curly fries, and fresh-fried potato chips. Okay, most of these are junk, but I could certainly make a nice meal out of the corn, green beans, and salad—good idea?

Lastly, there’s a workable option under burgers, The Veggie Burger. According to the menu it’s made from all vegetables. Now, earlier in the week I blogged about veggie burgers; sure, they are meatless, but they’re hardly super foods. They’re loaded with salt. Maybe Jackson’s veggie burgers are different. Personally, I wouldn’t risk it. I’ll stick with a salad.

That’s that! Another lousy standard American restaurant bites the dust. It’s sad. So many restaurants are just dumping stations for the standard American diet—very depressing. Alright, maybe I’m slipping, maybe you can do better. Check out Jackson’s Sports Grill’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to diseaseproof@gmail.com. Until then, eat healthfully! Peace.
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Sara - April 6, 2008 5:49 PM

Why even bother with these really awful places. I think we get the idea that most restauants serve junk. Let's have some that have some decent food at least.

Gerry Pugliese - April 6, 2008 7:16 PM

Hey Sara-

Got to take the good with the bad. If I only did really awesome restaurants it'd get boring.

Plus, you NEVER know where you might end up eating.

Peace.
-Gerry

Michael - April 7, 2008 10:04 AM

I often have no choice in entertaining customers on where to take them to eat. It is good to know what options are available in any restaurant. As far as traditional restaurants go, Ruby Tuesdays is about the best because of their salad bar. Few other restaurants come close.

TheMan - June 22, 2008 4:38 PM

Interesting, a solid brand - founded over 30 years ago, a fact many of your 'newer' chains and so called 'fad' restaurants overlook - and you still can't find anything redeeming about it. Obviously the mass populous has, and then some.

Secondly, if you are attempting to find a restaurant of any caliber from fast-casual to fine dining, good luck finding anything that meets your absurd health standards. Even if by looks and words there are healthier items, such as green beans, listed as part of a menu item, you know darn well they've been bathed in some form of sodium and laced with either oils or other dressings as part of dish as a whole.

People don't go to restaurants to eat food that makes them healthy, they go to have that 'wow' factor, to have a complete dining experience.

Case in point, you dine-out because it exciting (atmosphere, service, and hopefully food). If restaurants were as bland as you would like them to be, yes we would all be healthier (that's obvious), but there would be little attention paid to restaurants of any kind.

Places like the aforementioned Ruby Tuesday can't possibly be treated with any addt'l reverance if they are being compared with their casual dining peers, such as Jackson's or any other establishment for that matter, simply because they don't leave their salads out in a buffet-style serving. If anything, your beloved buffet contains significantly more airbrone bacteria as they sit open to the customers, the tongs touched by everyone and their mother, then any kitchen prep area be far.

If you aren't accepting of hardly any food items based on health, then you probably don't like the dozens of different beers, exciting atmosphere, and the injury-prone sports on their dozens of TVs then either. Maybe pick a more reasonable place to do such a review..?? Restaurants like Jackson's will never care about the small minority they alienate, as it would be impossible to please everyone equally while still remaining profitable.

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