Hit my first Stephen Starr restaurant for lunch today, Jones, on Chestnut Street. Im all for themes but it was a bit too contrived-ly a theme with the Brady Bunch stuff everywhere. Trying to drag the retro-office chairs across shag carpet was one of those things that was not endearingly kitschy, just annoying. Make no mistake though, the first pirate-themed restaurant w/100 rums to choose from will have me first at the door.
Wait was 10 minutes at about 12:40 for a table of 4 w/out a reservation. Not bad.
Food was decent but overpriced. We shared a calamari app that was closer to pub food than I believe they were shooting for here, food service calamari, but still fine. Id be curious to try the calamari salad also on the menu. The waitress went in for a smooth upsell w/the strawberry lemonade w/fresh strawberry puree. The lemonade WAS really good, but when one person said theyd order it, she goes right to the next person asking, would you like the lemonade as well? and so on. Very smooth. I was more impressed than put off. She got 3 out of 4 to go for it.
I ordered the meatloaf that was a bit ho-hum. It didnt taste better than any meatloaf Id ever made, such is the beauty of the unassuming meatloaf, even a chimp like myself can achieve loaf-shaped glory. Beef was cut with either turkey or pork, couldnt really place it, though it was cut a bit too much and the beefiness was compromised. Good classic brown sauce (like a Knorrs prepackaged brand, in a good way). Also w/peas (frozen, again, in a good way) and obligatory mashed potatoes.
Other entrees at the table were a Caesar that looked pretty impressive (if I hadnt already planned on salad for dinner I was strongly leaning towards a chicken Caesar and asking them to add anchovies) in a cool big bowl. Coworker w/salmon was very impressed. Coworker w/pistachio crusted tilapia was not impressed. The tilapia might be too subtle a fish to work with this sort of treatment, simply grilled w/lemon & maybe garlic might be all it needs. The burgers also are apparently tasty, I saw one go by and it did look pretty good.
I think it was around $99 for 4 including tip. Meatloaf was $13 I think, most entrees were around the mid-teens, everything seemed to be priced about $2 -$3 more than it should be across the board.
The cocktail/martini list DID look fun, as I understand this guy shoots for. Maybe itd be a good place for a few drinks and appetizers before dinner elsewhere.