Have you ever walked into a room and completely forgot why you walked in there? Or pulled out your phone only to stare blankly at the home screen and wonder why you just pulled it out? I was going to be down in Battle Creek for work and had picked Schlotzsky’s as lunch in between jobs. And as I dragged my aching body through the doors, my mind blanked. I knew something about this place had made me go – “Yeah, you want to eat here.” But what was that something?
Schlotzsky’s feels like a cross between Panera’s better-than-your-average-fast-food-or-drive-in menu, and Jimmy John’s amusing collection of fun and sarcastic signs. “You can bite my sandwich, but please don’t pinch my
Their food, on the other hand, was anything but a joke. Their Pick 2 menu got me half of a personal pizza, and a tray of mac & cheese, and a few gallons of Coca-Cola while I sat down and rested. If I had ordered this around noon (when I meant to have lunch), I might have not quite finished it. But at a few minutes shy of
Also, let’s just take a look back at that order. Mac & cheese, and pizza. It doesn’t get much better than that. The macaroni was a fatter-than-normal pasta, which I appreciate isn’t exactly the same pasta I get at the local supermarket. The cheese – while definitely a mass-produced cheese – was made with a nice sharp cheddar that again, I appreciated was not the same mild cheese on so many bland mac & cheese sides. The pizza was also pretty darn good. A definite step up from your average fast food pizza slice (but maybe not quite on par with a good sit-down-restaurant pizza). All in all, very worth the $11.
Liquids: Coca-Cola, Fuze, Minute Maid, and some bottles, cans, and
(Props for having caffeine-free Coke, but sadly no Mexican Coke.)
Public Wifi: Yes
Rewards Program: Yes
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