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Napa – Excellent broasted chicken at Jonesy's Famous Steak House

rworange | Jan 19, 200807:46 PM

Small planes taxi within feet of the large windows of this restaurant in the ‘terminal’ of the Napa airport. Gazing at far off Mt. Tam is especially pretty at sunset.

There’s a feeling that very little has changed at Jonesy's over the decades in terms of food and even staff. They spiffed up the room with nice rosewood-colored chairs. The white tablecloths are still protected by a glass top. A cozy fireplace is in the center of the large restaurant..

The prices are higher, but this report of Jonesy’s from a few years ago exactly describes the food I ate this week.

There’s a sense of time travel to the past … which has its pluses and minuses. I almost expected my mom and dad to walk in and join me for dinner since I’ve eaten restaurant food like this so many times growing up.

Dinner includes soup or salad, bread, vegetables and potato. I got the salad with Jonesy’s famous blue cheese dressing and Jonesy’s special potatoes.

I’m guessing the broasted chicken at Jonesy’s is one of the finest examples in the Bay Area since it is one of the better versions of fried chicken in the Bay Area.

Broasted chicken is just combined high pressure cooking and deep frying using patented equipment from the Broaster company. More info is in a link at the end.

It is less greasy than fried chicken. The cooking method contains the juices so that there was a tiny bit of ‘broth’ between chicken and crispy flour coating.

The next day it was still fine, but the crispiness was gone. This is best eaten hot from the kitchen.

There is a half order for $15 which is a generous thigh and breast. The full order for $17.50 includes the drumstick and wing. Go with the half order.

Jonesy’s is also famous for their steak grilled under river rocks … but it was that chicken that interested me on this first visit.

A minus of restaurant dining in days long past is the bread often wasn’t that great. Despite being cradled and covered by a white napkin it was nothing more than a generic supermarket sub roll cut into slices. There was bowl of foil-wrapped butter pats.

I liked the salad. It was a good example of old-school salads … romaine dressed nicely with the blue cheese vinaigrette topped with canned garbanzos, canned beets, packaged croutons with a spoonful of cottage cheese topped with a canned black olive … magically delicious and satisfying.

The thin crispy hash brown potatoes were topped with a slice of American cheese and a slice of grilled onion. Green onions are sprinkled over it.

Another old-time minus was that I’d be really, really surprised to hear that the vegetable medley with the dish didn’t originate in the freezer.

Desserts like pie are $3.50 and there is jello available. At the entrance there is a bowl of complimentary butter mints in red, white and blue wrapping stamped with the words “made in the USA”.

The service is just so darn nice. Dressed in white blouses and black skirts or pants, the waitresses give a formal feeling to the room. Dishes are brought on a serving cart.

The café lounge area is updated. No special snacks and the food is the same price as the restaurant.

The online menu prices are a few bucks less than the current menu with the most significant difference … Top Sirloin with two eggs served with hash browns and toast $10.95 (online). Actual price $16.50. At the online price I might have stopped to try breakfast. The steak sandwich is now $15 at dinner.

One Yelp review cracked me up because it was so true “you'll spend a solid ten minutes trying to wring information about the beers on tap from the waitresses” The most interesting draft beer was Tummer Pils. There’s a happy hour Mon-Friday from 3-6. Draft beers are $4 and well drinks are $4.

This is a great place to eat with kids.. Most will love watching the airplanes. The room is large enough to absorb any noise without annoying other diners. Since this was my first visit ever I’ll go with this Yelp comment “. They have redecorated and the atmosphere is a lot classier than before, but still comfortable enough for me not to stress about my kids.”

I liked it. If prices were a little better, I’d probably drop by again sooner.

My first taste of broasted chicken at Oakland;s Purple Pepper Pizza which was not as good

General Info about broasted chicken

Jonesy's Famous Steak House
2044 Airport Rd, Napa, CA 94558

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