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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

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Review: Juniper's Take Out -- not fast food, but 'scrumptious'

By Craig Morris

Juniper's Take Out & Restaurant
400 N 35 E
Logan, Utah

November 3, 2008 | Juniper's will treat you right every time you go.

Their countertop reads "This is not a fast food restaurant," and they mean it. They say that it is because everything is prepared when you order it. I would like to believe that, but my friend and I both ordered the turkey salad on a croissant and you cannot tell me that they are back there making turkey salad on a per-sandwich basis. They have a huge bucket of the turkey salad and they scoop it out with an ice cream scoop and slap it on the croissant. You can tell because it is perfectly centered on the croissant and in a round mound of scrumptious turkey salad.

Yes, I did say scrumptious. I think their food is great, I just don't buy that it is "all" freshly made. They can probably afford to make it to order, they charge $5.39 for that sandwich. Then it is a $3.48 add-on for fries and a medium drink.

If they did want to speed it up a little bit, they could have shortened the time that they cooked the fries. This was my first encounter with overcooked fries from them, that is something that I would come to expect from a fast food joint, but definitely not someone who makes it a point to say that it is not a fast food restaurant.

It has a great feel to it, though. It reeks of friendly people; both customers and workers. They treat you like family there. You have to love the good old-fashioned hospitality. It is a relatively quiet place to enjoy a meal and it is always clean. It has been family owned and operated since 1991 (at least at that location).

The biggest drawback to Juniper's is that it is almost always crowded. Good for them, but not for me. I like to sit in booths when I can and those are prime real estate there. Build a few more booths and I just might eat every meal there. Some may complain that they do not serve alcoholic beverages, but for me that is a huge plus.

They do not serve breakfast, as it doesn't open until 11 a.m., and they are closed for business on Sunday and Monday.

They offer a wide variety of foods to meet the needs of almost any consumer. From au gratin potatoes and roast beef, to burgers and salmon. They have a little taste of everything. The fountain drinks are more than plentiful, it takes me five minutes to decide each time I go there.

On the whole I would say that it is very affordable. I give them an A for the feel good and good fill I get every time I go.


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