Jack's is a neighborhood place

Alternative to fast food, with all-day breakfast

Restaurant profile

Howard Live

January 17, 2002|By Jody K. Vilschick | Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jack Der of Jack's restaurant in Long Reach Village Center is proud to be a part of his community: He lives and works in Long Reach - and is very supportive of Long Reach High School.

Sports shirts, team photos and newspaper clippings commemorating Long Reach High School's sports decorate a wall devoted to the high school, and high school students get a 10 percent discount when they show a current school identification.

"I consider Jack's a neighborhood restaurant, especially for the kids," Der says. "They'd rather come here than go to a fast-food joint."

Jack's is a cross between a deli and a fast-food restaurant, but with more than 100 items, the menu is more extensive than for fast food. The food is also cooked to order, which means you might have to wait a few minutes to get your order.

But for the wait, you get a variety of "gourmet burgers," from the Philly burger to a pizza burger to a turkey burger sub. Or one of the overstuffed steak subs - 12 choices in all, ranging from a ribeye steak sub to an A-1 Sauce and cheddar cheese steak, pizza steak to a chicken cheese steak. And there's Jack's signature steak sub: the 12-inch Hungry Jack.

Hot sandwiches include fish fillets (lake trout, catfish or flounder), Maryland crab cakes, chicken parmesan, a meatball and cheese or fried oyster or shrimp. Cold sandwich offerings include American cold cut; shrimp, tuna or chicken salad; ham and cheese; and turkey, bacon and Swiss.

The menu also offers seafood platters, which include French fries, coleslaw and a roll. Choose from catfish or flounder fillet; shrimp; fried oysters or clam strips; or Maryland crab cake platters.

And Jack's now offers breakfast - all day long. "We get people working shifts who come here at 6 p.m. to order breakfast. We also get people coming in the early morning after their night shift and ordering dinner," Der says.

The breakfast menu includes standards such as bagels, pancakes, waffles and French toast, as well as a variety of omelets (cheese, ham and cheese, western, vegetable and mushroom and Swiss).

Wrap up your meal with one of Jack's desserts - the menu offers a variety of cakes and pies, as well as thick milkshakes in 16 flavors, including dreamsicle, pina colada, root beer, cotton candy, sky blue, Miami ice and bubble gum. If those are too adventurous, there are the old standbys: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

There's something at Jack's for the youngest kids as well: Der is proud of the kids' menu, which offers standards such as chicken nuggets and grilled cheese, but also items such as shrimp poppers. The kids' meals come with fries, a small drink and a small shake.

"Some fast-food restaurants will give you a toy with the kid's meals," Der notes. "We'll give you an ice cream instead."

Jack's

Where: 8785 Cloudleap Court, Long Reach Village Center, Columbia; 410-992-7121.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Prices: 99 cents to $12.99

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard

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