Myself and SO stopped into Jackie's this evening for dinner. After a 1.5 hour wait (we were originally told 45 min to an hour) and 3 Chimays ($7.50 each - steep for the size, yet tasty), we were seated.
Smoked Rockfish appetizer ($7) -- smoked rockfish was served with brown mustard, hard-boiled egg, and mixed greens. ALthough some would claim they are odd tastes to be served on one plate, they all surprisingly went together. I tried all of these flavors together on bread and was surprised how good it was. The actual flavor of the rockfish made this one of the better appetizers I've had in a while.
Elvis burgers ($2.50 each) -- we orderd two of these mini burgers that are served on challah-type rolls with a mayo-relish-sauce. The rolls must have been grilled with butter on the grill, while the medium-cooked burgers were perfect. The combination of the burger, bun and relish/sauce were great. It reminded me of the Matchbox burgers without the pickles and side onion strings.
This is where things went somewhat astray...
Mixed greens with goat camenbert cheese ($6.50) -- while the camenbert was tasty, few of the mixed greens had any dressing/flavor. I often complain about too much dressing on mixed greens and salads, but this time I was underserved by the amount of dressing. Outside of the very center of the salad (which included sparse raddichio, a bit of argula and plenty of butter lettuce), there was absolutely no flavor.
Duck with saba glaze, spinach and spoonbread ($19) -- This was somewhat disappointing. The medium-cooked duck had little flavor and the outside was overly fatty (there was no crisp duck skin on the pieces we received). The beauty of duck can often be in its fat, however every bite I put into my mouth was chewy and lacking any interesting flavor. The saba glaze tasted barely more a sprinkle of average balsalmic vinegar. The sauteed spinach was overly salty, yet fortunately the spoonbread was tasty.
Overally, while we waited forever for a table, all of our food was delivered extremely quickly to our table. The wine service was a little "different" than other places as the server did not offer the orderer (myself) a taste of the wine before pouring full glasses for myself and my SO.
While Jackie's is very close to home, for the amount of money spent, I may be returning there for just an appetizer and drink next time.
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