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“These restauranteurs understand how to please.”
Review of Jessie's Restaurant - CLOSED

Jessie's Restaurant
Price range: US$9 - US$27
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 23 September 2011

Every now and then, a new restaurant opens in a space that had a succession of other establishments come and go. The usual response from the locals is "Ho hum, another one giving it a try". But for Jessie and Nick, the energetic duo who make this restaurant worth coming to, it has real staying power. The locals love it and making a reservation is mandatory on the usual busy nights. We were tipped off to its existence by our fiends who live nearby. If the place is packed, they will accommodate you and serve at the small bar. If you are a single, this is a good perch to enjoy a meal and not feel you are eaves dropping on a couple who are whispering sweet nothings to each other at the next table.

Pleasantly decorated, the small space given the different dining levels, offers privacy and interest. To start there is a basket of excellent garlic bread that has everyone wanting to keep eating it. But save room because the other dishes offer a broad selection that should please even difficult diners. You know the folks who never want want the chef selects as sides. At Jessie's, they suggest but you can pick any two items and not be looked at like you are committing a crime for not wanting the standard fare. Ah freedom of choice rather than reform school this is what you will eat or else.

I had short ribs and they were done as short ribs should be, rich and juicy. There was no attempt to count calories with this dish especially when I pared it with pommes frites. My wife went for the lobster mac and cheese and commented that it was perfectly balanced and not wall paper starch thick. The wine list offers a nice selection and the waitress was a delight and made us feel as if we had been there many times before and were among their best regulars. Nick came out of the kitchen for a chat and of course Jessie was there making sure things went smoothly. Yes there is a Jessie and she takes this restaurant very seriously as does Nick.

All in all, it is a most worthwhile stop just off I-95. Next time I am going to have the prepared to order potato chips and their home made carrot cake even if I have the short ribs again. My hunch is the other dishes are worth sampling so the short ribs may have to wait. But I could always get an order of them to go because they will be excellent the next day too.

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2  Thank Boat52
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

We picked this tiny new restaurant on the strength of the two previous reviews The food was exquisite. He had a rib eye steak, tender and cooked perfectly. She had grilled scallops with risotto and asparagus, also delicious but a tad undercooked to her taste - but then she likes both scallops and asparagus cooked a little more than is now fashionable.
Interesting wine list, no liquor license as yet but i got the impression that this may be in the works. We shared carrot cake for dessert - they are prepared as individual little bundt cakes, finished with a caramel drizzle - again, exceptional.
Unfortunately the service did not match the food. Our server seemed to have only have her mind on us (and we weren't there at a terribly busy time). We asked for coffee refills, never happened, and we had to be positively rude to get our check, and then to get it processed. Maybe someone was just having an off day.
We would definitely go back for the food, but we might hope for a different server.

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1  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

After a morning at a local art museum and galleries, we looked for a near-by place for lunch. Jessie's is in a strip mall, but once inside you are transported to an European bistro. We each tried one of the daily specials and enjoyed them...especially their homemade potato chips!!! Service was excellent. Creative chef.

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1  Thank Jan A
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

My husband and I tried out this new dining place within their first two weeks and came away impressed with the menu offerings and the friendly service. We will be back soon.

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2  Thank LionGovernor
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