I have eaten around the world in some of the finest restaurants, and each time I return to John J. Jeffries I still say it still rates as one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. Located in the Lancaster Arts Hotel adjacent to Franklin and Marshall College, this restaurant serves on its menu what is in season sourcing its food from local (Central Pa) farmers - the freshness cannot be beaten. What better place than to have a fresh meal in a predominantly farm area? Chef Cavanaugh picks all of his sources based on its quality, organic and humane farming practices, let alone sustain the local farmers. His dishes pair flavors in a way that is not overdone or outrageously gourmet, but savory and respectful of each ingredient.In other words, while his creations are well above mainstream eating, his dishes are "grounded in the real world of eating" rather than so eclectic that you don't know what your getting when the plate is put before you. The menu is impressively varied catering to the most carnivorous eater and the vegetarian conscious. You know a restaurant is good when its guest are saying "yum" and rolling their eyes in delight. The highlights include the pork belly, chicken and lamb.
Service is very good (waiters may include students attending F & M majoring in pre-med, and the like). The bar is festive and the boutique hotel the restaurant is located in is a wonderful pick for a stay in the area.
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