Tim Keller (not THAT Keller) has finally opened, sort of, his new restaurant in Jacksonville.
Many of you will remember his wonderful cooking at the Jacksonville Inn and before that at Firefly in Ashland. Many months ago he resigned to be involved in the planning and design of a new restaurant at the Nunan Estates, a grand old Queen Anne property in Jacksonville. The plan was for the Nunan mansion to be a small inn while the carriage house would be the restaurant. The Inn is up and running, but The Carriage House Restaurant is still 'in the works.' Last week The Britt Patio at Nunan Estate was opened as the temporary restaurant in the main floor public rooms and patio of the inn. Although the Patio is indeed intended to be 'temporary,' it hardly seems so. The space is gracious, comfortable and spacious.
We all know that good food takes time and we are willing to wait. It did seem that the wait was a little extra for the small number of customers, but afterall this was just the first week and probably the kitchen in the old mansion was a challenge. The food was excellent. (Scallops grilled with corn butter, duck confit quesadilla, rosemary grilled chicken and shrimp fettuccine and polenta crusted onion rings as a side.)
The word is not yet out on this opening and my party for an early Sunday dinner was only one of two in the 3 rooms inside. Check it out: http://www.nunanestate.com/