Breaking: I’ve been eating healthy all these years at Jason’s Deli

There had to be some reason I ate at the original Jason’s Deli at Gateway Shopping Center in Beaumont. Texas. There was. I was hungry.

I could have lied and said I ate there because it made the list — featured on Yahoo — on foodie site Shine of top 5 healthiest fast food restaurants in the country. Admission: I have only dined at two places on this list, Jason’s and Au Bon Pain. This Beaumont-based chain of 206 locations in the West, Midwest and South, was named No. 2. Not too bad for local boys Joe Tortorice Jr. and his partners Rusty Coco, Pete Verde and Pat Broussard who started the restaurant business in 1976.

It is hard to say if I ate at Jason’s before the mid-90s when I moved to Beaumont for the second time — this is time three — I would have think so. But whether I did or didn’t, it’s one of my favorite places to eat although they seem sometimes to verge on getting too big for their britches. That’s not good, especially for the second healthiest fast food place in the country.

All these years of eating there, and today, I never knew it was so healthy. Just watch out for the sodium.