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January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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making resolutions for me means carrying over a few of last years resolutions. my most favourite, and often easiest to accomplish is when eating out to avoid chains. basically support local, where ever i am.
i try to do this in my shopping too, but i fail. miserably. i do kinda absolutely shine when it comes to keeping strong about eating at local small places. BUT! last night i found out some interesting things about Claim Jumpers, one of my fav out-to-eat places. we all know CJ is a chain. a chain that serves humongous plates of citrus salad! it has been on my list of Places To Avoid. and i’ll admit i failed sometimes when faced with a choice of some local unknown untested strip mall foods or CJ. i’ve been known to go to CJ. it’s true. i lose my resolution in the face of Claim Jumpers.
Well now i’ve got some background info that may serve us all to treat CJ as a local joint. or at least get warm fuzzies when we think of CJ. Claim Jumpers used to be owned by the Nickoloffs, Carl (dad) & Craig (son) they sold it in the late 70’s but it started in Los Alamitos. prior to that Carl ran Niks’ Coffee Shop in LB. see where i’m going…?
now some more (4th gen?) Nickoloffs run 2 local places here in San Clemente. my most fav sammich shop, Humphrys and Nicks in SC. there’s also Nicks in Laguna. whenever i wanted a good enuf deli sammich i had to drive up to Tudors in Dana Point. now a mere 1.5 miles away i have SAMMICHES at Humphrys.
i’ve never been to Nicks here on Del Mar and thats not because i didn’t know about it. i do. i’ve been told plenty how good it is. but that often comes with how crowded it ALWAYS is. i’ve been waiting to hear reports of the furor dying down, don’t suppose it will any time soon… Guess i’ll just have to bite my aversion of crowds and go check it out.

so what do you think? Claim Jumpers is back on the ‘support local’ resolution? it feels like a stretch but a logical one.

last i heard Nicks in SC doesn’t do reservations so lets queue up and go check it out for dinner tonight. i want you to be our guest so come over, k?