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JACK N’ JILL’S

Here it is, folks.  The worst breakfast in all of Los Angeles!  And believe me, I was hoping to really like this place because it’s cute and convenient.    But I hate when something is like the Emperor’s New Clothes; it’s not good and everyone is afraid to be the first to say it.  People basically just go along with the crowd.   But I must set the record straight.

If there’s one breakfast item I am a true connoisseur of, it’s chocolate chip pancakes.  I’ve had them just about every place that they’re served, in every state I’ve visited, including Hawaii, and let me tell you, they’re hard to mess up.

At the Fancy Foods show in NY last summer, I received a sample of Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle mix, and I’ve made them myself.  The mix was for plain pancakes and I put in the chips.  I don’t know if it was the brand or my excellent cooking skills (yeah, right), but they were delicious.   And if I can make them, who can’t?  (While proof-reading this, I just had to stop and whip up another batch!  And they were delicious, if I do say so myself.)

Anyway, I’m always on the look-out for new restaurants to share with you, so last March, when Mimi and Lila, part of the Junior Chapter of the Femmes Fatales, took me to Jack N’ Jill’s in Beverly Hills, I was thrilled.  Until I tasted the food, that is.  I took a couple of bites of their incredibly mushy chocolate chip pecan pancakes, and decided to start my diet right then, that’s how awful they were.  I planned to never pay them a return visit, but to be a fair restaurant critic, didn’t give them a bad review based on one dish.

So, on Christmas Eve day, the three of us ventured out for yet another breakfast.  When our planned destination wasn’t available, we wound-up at the close-by Jack N’ Jill’s again, over my great protestations.  But majority won, and I’m always willing to give everything, and everyone, a second chance.

Rarely do the three of us agree, especially about food, but this time, even they knew the food was inedible.  Lila and I left ours over, almost entirely.  The first clue should have been when I bit into the little nut cookie that came with Lila’s cappuccino.  It tasted like I can only imagine Elmer’s Glue would.

Knowing how bad their pancakes are, I opted for the Vanilla French Toast.  What arrived was three thick slices of bread, period.  There was a just a hint that they had ever seen a griddle, but had definitely not been soaked, and were totally devoid of flavor.

Conversely, Lila’s buttermilk pancakes were really wet inside and Mimi said they had an over-whelming taste of baking soda.   (We all like to sample each other’s food.)  And Lila couldn’t eat her eggs, (or as I always refer to them, e-words, so get used to that term), which is a first.  Mimi ’s e-words were prepared a different way, but she wasn’t a fan of them, either, and said her potatoes were limp and day-old tasting, too.  Miracle of miracles, my bacon was fine.

It wasn’t just the food; the service was practically non-existent.  We had the same waiter both times, and he was pleasant enough, but it took forever to get his attention to begin with.  Then he never, ever came back to check on us!  That is absolutely unacceptable, with so many good restaurants to choose from nowadays.

The best was that when I showed him how dry my French toast was, he said, “Yeah, I know, they don’t really have that dish right yet,” or something to that effect.  As Little Mims pointed out, why didn’t he mention that when I was deciding what to order???  I had told him about my previous bad pancakes, so how could he not steer me away from the equally awful French toast?  He wasn’t mean or rude, just not quite on the ball.  To his and the manager’s credit, though, they knew enough to deduct some of the offending items from the bill.

Here’s the strangest thing about this place: it seems to be always packed!  The good news for those nutty enough to still go to Jack N’ Jill’s after reading this, is that there will be one more table available to you because you won’t find the three of us there ever again.  Instead, you can catch me chowing down at the Griddle Café.

Jack N’ Jill’s   Beverly Hills    No info because it’s totally unnecessary.

 
 
 
 
 
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