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JG Domestic

Buckethead | Oct 25, 2010 09:39 AM

I was really looking forward to this dinner, based on the menu. Unfortunately they were out of a few things we wanted to try, so we didn't get the dinner we planned on exactly. I'm not a big fan of the space. I never got to Rae when it was there but JG Domestic feels a bit like a restaurant that you might see as a room display at IKEA, it's constructed almost entirely out of wooden shelving, like someone decided they needed to build a restaurant in a lobby on short notice. The bar area looked nicer but we weren't sitting back there.

The food was all decent, but nothing on the menu really lived up to the menu description, except dessert. The Texas boar dish, for example, was described as a "rack" but when it arrived there was one rib chop on the plate. It was tasty, but between the fat and the bone there wasn't much to it, and frankly when I read "rack" I take that to mean "multiple ribs". The porcini mushroom dish was similarly tiny, and not terribly interesting. I'm not normally one to complain about portion size but at $22 for the boar and $16 for the mushrooms I felt like they were overpriced.

Our other dishes were better, the cranberry soup especially was very good, and the beignets are a satisfying dessert. But overall, I wouldn't make a trip out to the Cira Centre to eat here. If you're in the area, Distrito is not far away and is much better. If you're taking a train to/from 30th St. Station it's nice to have JG Domestic available, but outside of that situation I don't think it's a place I'll be going back to.

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