Pepperjax Grill is a delicious treat
By JQ Dever
March 3, 2013
According to Pepperjax Grill, it offers America’s Best Philly steak sandwiches. Pepperjax has only been open for a few months, but it is already hitting the spot for the citizens of St. Joseph. Located right next to the library on the North Belt Highway, the huge red letters cannot be missed. Inside, the overall feel is sort of sterile, like an upgraded cafeteria. The booths are cozy though. The atmosphere is kind of noisy but a lot of it has to do with the constant sound of the employees preparing the food. Overall, the prices are very reasonable. They range from five to seven dollars. The sides cost no more than two dollars. Kids’ meals cost around four dollars. If you aren’t feeling a Philly cheese steak sandwich, Pepperjax also offers giant wraps, rice bowls and fresh salads.
The giant wraps come with steak, chicken, shrimp or veggies. The rice bowls and fresh salads offer the same options. One of the most fun elements of the experience at Pepperjax happens when you walk up to order your food. For starters, the cooks prepare the food right in front of you, behind a glass partition. When you decide what you want, the cooks work their magic getting it ready for you. If you get a Philly, your steak or chicken is grilled and mixed with onions and green peppers. Simultaneously, your bread is toasted and sent down a conveyor belt, waiting for its contents to be shoveled in. It’s not a long wait and the food cooks very fast. You can get your Phillies anyway you want them because they have a lot of complimentary toppings and they have their very own signature sauces. If you decide to go for a spicier option, you can get your toppings marinated in jalapeno juice. This option is called a fireball, and when you order it, the employees yell, “We got a fireball!” from behind the counter.
The first time I went to Pepperjax, I went with my teammates and I ordered a salad with chicken. I also got some fries and I put ranch dressing on the top of my salad. I’m not a big fan of trying out foods I’ve never had before, so I kept it simple. I thought it was cool that you get to watch them cook the chicken or steak and it took them just seconds to prepare. There are a lot of options to choose from but unfortunately, I personally don’t eat the extra toppings they had to choose from. They also cook a large amount of food so whatever you order, you’ll get full.
I personally didn’t enjoy my food. My teammates didn’t either. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the food though. Maybe the Philly cheese steak sandwiches are just better than the salads. I think that the majority of people who check out Pepperjax would enjoy it because there are so many toppings to choose from to make your sandwich, wrap or salad just the way you want it.