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Report in Inside on Jones & W4th

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Report in Inside on Jones & W4th

fresser | Jun 13, 2005 10:20 AM

Went for lunch yesterday w/the family. Three of us had the soup, even though it was a hot soup and it was about 90deg! Still, it was worth it--puree of corn and poblano chiles, with a dollop of crema. Velvety smooth soup with a nice spicy kick, but this didn't detract from the notes of corn and chiles. Bro had the He-man salad, romaine w/egg, bacon, dressing. it seemed a bit overly creamy to me, but hey, that's why i didn't order it. Mom had the ricotta pancakes w/fresh strawberries(they were selling them by the quart up in the bar area). These were fluffy and creamy both, with a nicely crunch outside. Perfect, i must say and mom almost finished them, which is testimony to their deliciousness as she is a very careful eater portion/health-wise! Dad had the buckwheat fried oysters, I tried a taste and thought that while the oysters themselves were really good, plump, w/a crunchy crust, they'd've benefited from not being placed up tartar sauce. Partly b/c i don't like creamy sauces but mostly b/c that made the bottoms soggy, which was sad. We also got a bowl of the cheese grits b/c it sounded too tasty to pass up. These were lethal! Very cheesy, creamy, but still w/a little bite of the grits, though i prefer more grit-iness, as it were. B/c we had to wait rather a while for the food (understaffed due to illness), they brought us a plate of the bacon wrapped, almond stuffed dates...sounds weird, is delish. Also they sent us out a fried soft shell crab. This was perfectly crunchy, not greasy at all, though it too suffered from too much of a creamy sauce poured atop, which softened up parts of the center of the crab. It sat upon a salad of corn, nectarine and roasted almonds, in a champagne vineagrette, an unlikely combo, but it was both sweet, crisp, and a bit salty. Terrific!
We were too full for dessert, but from what we saw at other tables, we were sorry we didn't want anything else!

As noted above, things were slow b/c they were understaffed, however, they more than made up for this and were in all very genial. I'd come back again! It's a perfect little neighborhood spot, with a laudable commitment to seasonal fare.

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