With only one night in town, we decided to give Jacksonville Inn a try. Friends had been there before and gave it a thumbs up.
We decided on a late dinner and didn't arrive until about 8:30. We hadn't made any reservations so sadly, could not sit out on the nice patio outside and instead sat downstairs in the 'bistro'. Some in our party of 6 thought the decor was cute but I was not too impressed. It had a lodge-y feel to it but somehow I felt it was stuck in the 70's (and not necessarily in a good way).
Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato app was a tasty starter. Likewise, the wheat bread with Olive and Anchovy butter was a hit. Blue-cheese Vinagrette Salads were nicely dressed but we all agreed that it lacked something - it was simply greens and a few grape tomatos. A few walnuts or even some red onions sprinkled in really would have perked it up some.
Entrees were really mixed and mostly very small in size. The chile relleno special was stuffed nicely with meat and cheese but with only one chile relleno on the plate, it was hardly filling. The almond-crusted Prawns plate had only 3 med-sized prawns (!) which tasted fishy enough that my sister likened it to "dirty water". The lamp chop was only 6 oz (including the bone) and looked ridiculously small on the plate - it was literally the same size as one of the potatos that came on the side. The Garlic Chicken pasta was very garlickly but the chicken dry. The two good entrees between all of us were the Baby Back Ribs (not too sweet or overwhelmed by sauce) and the Mediterranean Chicken (topped with a healthy dose of feta, artichoke hearts and olives).
Sides were also dissappointing. All came with veggies of the day which were carrots with walnuts (eh, I'm not a big fan of cooked carrots) and choice of bread (cheese and tomato-basil were all toasty and with the right crunch but tasted like the toppings were processed and came straight out of a can. I thought tomato-basil would have a slice of tomato on it with basil strips but no, it was bread smeared with tomato paste and topped with dried basil).
Coffee was weak (but then again, I like strong coffee) and although desserts looked very good, we had dessert waiting at home for us.
Our server throughout the night was cheery and nice. Never had to ask for a refill of water and she patiently answered our questions.
In all, I would not return and would recommend Bella Union just down the street instead.
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