Okay, I have to say I cannot believe that so many places rank higher than JJ101, particularly all the chain restaurants. This has easily been my best dining experience in this city.
I called to make reservations on a Thursday and was able to book spots at the shared table. I spoke to a live person, btw. With one call. And once we arrived, we received excellent and extremely attentive service throughout our dinner.
I had the deviled eggs. They did have a strong horseradish flavor, but they certainly weren't inedible. I also tried a lemon dark bread app that wasn't my favorite. However, they were both interesting and quite affordable. I might just try something else when I go back.
On Thursdays, JJ101 offers a special dinner at $25 for a salad, entree, and dessert. I ordered this, as it included a spicy shrimp and grits. The meal was rich and delightful. The portions were surprisingly substantial. The salad was light with lots of diced veggies and a light dressing. Shrimp and grits is one of my favorite dishes, and both my dining partner and I enjoyed this variation. It was a rich buttery sauce - a beautiful yellow in color, not a mushroom or bacon component that I noticed - with noticeable spicy additions from jalapenos. We also had no complaints about the pecan pie included in the meal.
Granted, eating from the typical menu would be a bit pricier, but if this meal was an indicator? The combination of food quality, atmosphere, and service are worth it. The standard menu changes about 8 times a year, and there are a few offerings to complement the standard menu as well. I was only disappointed that it took me two years to actually try this restaurant. I'll certainly be back, and I'd recommend it to any of my friends who appreciate great food.
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