Sunday, October 21, 2012
Restaurant review: Jack’s Southern Comfort Food will shut your mouth and call you Sally
They had us at "biscuit sandwiches."
DALLAS Those longing for a home-cooked Southern meal but who don’t have time to venture home to mom or grandma’s house can look no further than Jack’s Southern Comfort Food to satisfy those comfort food cravings. The restaurant opened its doors on Oct. 1 on Greenville Avenue and the new restaurant is bringing a cozy, home-like feeling to all of its diners.
Jack’s is a family business, owned by Scott Jones of Screen Door Restaurant and Cowtown Diner. His sister, Sandy Jones, oversees the bakery. The eatery serves Southern delicacies with a modern twist. The menu, which adapts to complement the season, represents a combination of Scott’s Cajun roots from his mother’s side and Texan roots from his dad, whom the restaurant is named after.
As stated on its website, Jack’s Southern Comfort Food provides “a good meal made from the heart, and with the love of a family whose sole purpose is to share our deep love of food and tradition with our generations of cherished down home Southern recipes.”
Jack’s prides itself on serving locally farmed produce, cage-free organic eggs, pure butter and locally produced dairy for all meals. Not only is the food hearty and palatable, but Jack’s also ensures that you will feel good about the restaurant’s nutritious options. Jack’s offers healthy variations, which include gluten free, vegetarian and low-fat options.
Salads include Southern renditions such as the “Texasian,” made with collard greens, cabbage, jicama, cucumber, carrot, red onion, smoked chicken, pecans and cilantro in a sesame lime vinaigrette. The classic Caesar salad also gets a Texas twist at Jack’s. It’s served with smoked chicken per request. For a healthier and tasty dressing option, customers can order their salads topped with Greek yogurt and reduced-fat mayonnaise.
Jack’s signature dish item is the “upside down pot pies.” The “pot pies” are made with farm fresh vegetables folded into a rich béchamel with a choice of smoked chicken, pork and green Chile, braised brisket, crawfish or truffle mushrooms and served on hot buttermilk biscuit. But the biscuit selection does not stop short at pot pies. These mouth-watering treats are all hand cut and made from scratch and appear on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Jack’s menu includes 11 different biscuit sandwiches, each served with hand-cut French fries. The “biscuit burger” represents a unique rendition of the classic cheeseburger. The sandwich is served on a jalapeno bacon cheddar biscuit with a top sirloin patty, blended with cheddar bacon and jalapenos, and topped with crispy pepper bacon, picked jalapenos and sharp cheddar cheese.
The biscuits come in several unique flavors aside from the burger’s jalapeno bacon cheddar biscuit. These flavors include caramelized onion, goat cheese and thyme, Caprese sun-dried tomato, Dallas mozzarella and basil, jalapeno-cilantro pesto and roasted pecan and Kalamata-rosemary. Each of these flavors is rotated through the menu according to season specials and entree dishes.
Some of Jack’s “morning sweets” include the signature “sticky biscuits,” baked in maple butter goo and prepared with toasted walnuts and pecans. Jack’s “Cinnamon Biscuits,” buttermilk biscuits rolled with cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted walnuts and pecans, are baked and coated with a buttermilk glaze. The bakery also serves an array of pies and specialty cinnamon and dessert biscuits.
Going along with the home-cooked theme, the ambiance at Jack’s Southern Comfort Foods is much like a Southern grandma’s kitchen. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are on the counter for diners to indulge in whenever they please. Food is served on vintage plates and antique table linens cover each table. The table centerpieces are fresh green onions in mason jars that appear as though they were freshly picked, exuding the quaint and homey feeling that Jack’s is so well known for providing.
Additionally, all of the waiters and waitresses wear handmade jeans aprons. The signature aprons are also available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds benefits The Bridge Breast Network, a nonprofit agency that links low-income, uninsured individuals to breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services.
Customers can assist Jack’s in giving back to the community by donating their old jeans. Each person that donates receives a coupon for a free “over the moon pie,” made with freshly baked cookies and filled with either sweet potato, pecan or white chocolate walnut flavor marshmallow crème per customers request.
Customers have the option of dining at the restaurant or taking their meals to-go. Jack’s has several varieties of casseroles, salads, desserts and biscuits that are prepared to pick up and take home. Pop one of the casseroles in the oven for 30 minutes and your home-cooked meal is ready.
Jack’s Southern Comfort Food is located at 1905 Greenville Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.jackssoutherncomfortfood.com.
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