Where’s the garlic in Garlic Jim’s?

I didn’t do grocery shopping this past weekend so i had nothing to cook last night. Smelly and i decided to try one of the restaurants near the Alaska Junction.  I suggested Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza since Smelly loves garlic and i was out of idea what to eat for dinner.

The Garlic Jim’s near the Alaska Junction was quite empty when we arrived there.  In fact, only one table was occupied when we stepped foot into the restaurant.  That was one clear ominous sign that i wish i had not ignored.

We ordered some garlic wings and a garlic chicken pizza.  The chicken wings showed up like it had just been swimming in a pool of grease.  When the garlic chicken pizza was brought to our table, i realized that i forgot to tell the waitress that we wanted the thin-crust version of it.  In fact, i think the waitress should have told us the options available, just like what she did for the wings.  I am not a big fan of thick-crust pizza.  It was not the worst pizza i ever had but it was close.  The honor for the worst pizza goes to Pizza Hut. Both the garlic wings and garlic chicken pizza had absolutely no trace of garlic!  Normally i will be burping like there is no tomorrow when i eat something with garlic.  Trust me, you don’t want to be anywhere near me after i have consumed the garlic-potent Shish Tawook at the Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue.  After the supposedly garlicky meal last night, i had one burp.  Yes, only one stinky – not literally – burp.

If the name of your franchise includes the word “garlic”, your menu better have something that taste garlicky. Unfortunately, the only thing garlicky about Garlic Jim’s entrees are their names. Gourmet pizza? Not even close.

3 Comments

SmelyJuly 8th, 2008 at 14:47

Remember “Rainier BBQ” serves not BBQ but Vietnamese food? Same logic applies to here. The name of the restaurants don’t always reflect what type of food they serve.

ktulaJuly 8th, 2008 at 14:51

Vietnamese BBQ is still BBQ.

Ross MarzolfJuly 9th, 2008 at 02:39

Dear Ktula:

First – I tried to leave a comment on your Garlic Jim’s post and the site won’t let me, so I am leaving it here and hoping you’ll still get it.

I’m the Director of Local Marketing at Garlic Jim’s and I am very sorry about your experience at one of our restaurants last night. As I told your friend on her blog, our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations both in service and food quality and it sounds as though we failed on both accounts.

I assure you that the wings and pizza you received last night is not our norm, and I’d like to send you a gift certificate so you can (hopefully) give us another try.

Not all our pizzas contain garlic, but those that do normally have a very generous portion. Our hand-thrown (thick) also does not contain garlic but our thin crust does.

Thanks for reading – please forward your address so I can send a gift certificate.

Best regards,

Ross Marzolf
Director of Local Marketing
Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza
[cell phone and email removed for Ross’s privacy]

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