I skipped breakfast the other day. I rarely ever do, but for whatever reason, I just wasn’t hungry. But as the morning wore on, I did have a craving for a full breakfast. I’m talking pancakes, bacon, eggs, the whole feast. As I had never been to J. Christopher’s before, I thought I would check it out. Turns out, J. Christopher’s is like IHOP without the quick service.
With hours from 7 am to 2 pm, J. Christopher’s serves breakfast, lunch and brunch. Since I was wanting breakfast, I ordered the Pantry Breakfast which, as the name suggests, gives you a taste of everything. You get 2 eggs any way you want them, 2 strips of bacon, potatoes, and 2 of their blueberry crunchcakes. Crunchcakes are like 2 pancakes but with granola mixed in. So, imagine the Rooty Tooty IHOP special only less tasty and more expensive.
My dining companion had the East Cobb Melt. This is chicken salad scooped on top of an English muffin with a tomato and cheddar cheese melted on top. This wasn’t bad (she let me have a taste), but certainly not worth $8. It did come with potatoes as well, but still nothing special. Don’t be fooled by the “fresh fruit” that comes with the meal – it is nothing more than an orange slice with maybe a strawberry on top.
And the prices ain’t cheap. Once you add on drink and tip you are looking at about $12. Really don’t think it is worth it. Also, it was freezing in there. I have to wonder if that isn’t a ploy to coax you into ordering coffee.
As if all of that isn’t bad enough, service was lousy. I think our waitress had two speeds – Slow and Slower. What should have been a 1 hour lunch turned into an hour and a half. And the place was almost empty inside, so I don’t understand why she couldn’t be more attentive.
They must be busier at breakfast time (I hope so, for their sake). I don’t know if she was new or what, but she seemed oblivious to the fact that customers might actually have somewhere else they had to be. We had to ask (after waiting much too patiently for her to come around) for our bill and even then it was over 10 minutes before we got the check. I know this because my cell rang just after I asked for the check and the call ended 10 minutes later and still no bill.
I honestly don’t know how this place has expanded to 10 different locations throughout Atlanta. Save your money and go to Cracker Barrel. I had the Old Timer’s special the other day. J. Christopher’s could take a few tips about how to cook eggs and bacon from them. And for about 9 bucks (including tax a tip) I left feeling a whole lot more satisfied than at J. Christopher’s.
2700 Town Center Dr NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
678 213 2400