We've been going to Jethros regularly for more than 10 years. Usually the food is very good, and fairly reasonably priced. The catfish entree is my favorite, and I keep going back just for that! We like the cozy atmosphere, especially the booths in the bar area if there are just 2-3 of us. However the dining area may be TOO cozy for some. Don't go here if you need to have private conversations. Sometimes you could be seated right next to another couple,with tables barely separated.
Great salads. They really should upgrade the (average) bread, but the tapenade served with it is good.
Sadly though, a few things keep it from stellar status. The owner makes no effort to get to know the customers, to welcome you, or ask if you are happy. For such a small, local place, that is an odd misstep (and poor Marketing!!)
The servers always aim to please, although some some are less than professional in their skills and language (please don't say "you guys" repeatedly when addressing customers!) The kitchen can be VERY slow on a busy weekend night, as it's a physically small kitchen. We waited a full hour after our salads for our entrees one night in December 2011, and although the server was embarassed, the owner (who was there) made no effort to apologize, offer a free drink, or appetizer, etc. The kitchen has no private exit, so you do see kitchen staff coming out to the bar to get things (or even to run out to get food if they run out of something).
Go there for the casual atmosphere & good food when you arent in a hurry! The residential row-house neighborhood is perfectly safe, just know that you have to park on the street, possibly a few blocks away at times. FYI: Jethros historic building is NOT accessible for the disabled.
Once in awhile, the owner plays in a jazz band that performs in a small space on the 2nd floor. Fun to hear them, if you get a chance!
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