Last night, my family had the pleasure of eating at the tiny and delicious Jack's Restuarant and Grille in Roxborough. It is a seafood place with an Italian flair. We began with Jack's Awesome Crab Soup, which was as described. It is a tomato-based chowder with lots of good crabmeat and traditional Philadelphia Snapper soup seasoning. The service was excellent. The place seemed family run. My husband and I split a Fried Seafood combo (shrimp, scallop, founder, clam strips, crab ball) and chose the vegetable of the night, green beans in garlic and olive oil, for one of our sides (17.95). The seafood was breaded in more of an Italian style than Southern, with a seasoned bread crumb coating. It was delicious, and the beans were fresh, crunchy and wonderful. The fish was cooked just right. One son had the crab ball platter. He ate as much as he could, but it was plenty of food for 11.95. The crab balls were light and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside. The flounder was juicy and fresh, and I am not even much of a flounder fan.
My other son opted for a non-seafood platter and got chicken parmigian. He received giant bowl of angel hair pasta with three large cutlets smothered in sauce and mozzarella cheese for 10.95. The meals came with green salad, which is your standard iceberg deal, but it is fine.
The kids ordered rice pudding and caramel apple pie. Both were good but not homemade. Next time, my kids could split one entree and be very happy, since the portions are large.
The place is tiny. It may seat 30. They also do takeout and delivery. I have passed this place many times on Umbria Street (just under the shadow of the blinking red TV towers) but this was the first time we tried it. I am glad we did.
Jack's Restaurant and Grille
5001 Umbria St. (btwn Parker and Paoli)