Great times at Johnny Rebs' last Friday night. The restaurant has a distinct Southern feel to it, not unlike some dives I've been to in North Carolina. Peanut shells on the floor, red brick walls, tall wooden booths. All that was needed was perhaps a bluegrass band to make the atmosphere complete.
We tried to Fried Green Tomatoes as a starter. Since I've never had Fried Green Tomatoes before, I didn't know whether it passes for authentic, but I do know that I loved it, especially the crumbled bacon topping over the cornmeal crust on the tomatoes. I used Texas Pete's hot sauce to round out the salty, tart, and bacon flavors.
My friend ordered the Beef Ribs with a side of BBQ Beans, Sweet Potato Fries, and Corn Bread. The Beef Ribs were GIGANTIC! The slab was about 15 inches across and 12 inches wide, and each rib was about as thick as my forearm. The meat was tender, but not fall apart tender. The sweet potato fries became limp quickly, but the flavor was awesome. The color was a deep reddish brown. Perfect dipped with ranch dressing.
I ordered the Country Fried Steak which I split with my companion. The steak was crispy and golden brown topped with a hearty country gravy. The mashed potatoes was creamy, and actually a bit runny. I liked it eventhough I am used to potatoes which are bit dryer. The meal also came with coleslaw which wasn't overdressed and hushpuppies which were good and crunchy with a supple and sweet interior.
Good food, enormous portions (we left with boxes of leftovers), reasonable prices. We will be back again.