Atlanta >Food & Dining > Jct Kitchen & Bar
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031833.786989 -84.411765
Mon-Thurs: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm 5pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside
If you see Taria Camerino's banana – Chef EJ Hodgkinson has infused new life into JCT Kitchen with fresh flavors, a frequently updated menu and a fun take on seasonal ingredients
Cleaned the plate at this wonderful and comforting upscale southern restaurant. Don't leave without trying the chicken!
Refined southern food in a relaxed industrial setting. I love just sitting at the bar and knocking back a few oysters with a side of their fried bird!
Above average for a meat and three but a little pricier than that type of food typically warrants – Three of us went for lunch. The atmostphere is cozy like sitting on a back porch or Martha Stewart's kitchen (thankfully without Martha). We each had the fried chicken since it was written up in AJC. The chicken was moist and tasty. It was fried without the skin which was great for me. For side items, it comes with mac & cheese and garlicky green beans. Comments were that while the garlicky green beans were good, it wasn't something that went with the rest of the plate very well. I substitued collard greens. They were no so great. Not much flavor, too much sugar, slightly overcooked. Collards need a bite at the end and the sugar took this out of them. The next time we go I am going for the Chicken Cobb BLT, it looked great at the next table. I would say it is a bit pricey for lunch for what you get especially with Taqueria del Sol next door but it would be more in line with Figo - maybe just a tad more. I would go back but certainly not weekly. Our server was very nice and even got some Tiger Sauce out of the fridge that one of the employees brought since one of my eating companions did not like Tabasco. I think they probably need to work on getting a nice Southern hot sauce versus tabasco. It would be good for a change when you are looking for more upscale meat and three.
What's the hype all about – The AJC raved about JCT so I wanted to see if it was all that. First, the space is great - both the upstairs bar with deck and the restaurant downstairs. The service is friendly, too. However the food was disappointing. First we ordered the fish & fryes for appetizers which our waitress highly recommended (I realized after the meal that she was highly recommending every dish we picked). The fryes are actually lemon rinds ... interesting concept so worth trying. But there were only 3 pieces of fish (with tons of breading) and they were surrounded by huge fried onion rings (with tons of breading). The dish really should've been called fried onion rings, not fish & fryes. Add more fish & the appetizer would be great! My friend ordered the chicken & dumplings because the reviews were raving about it - not crazy about it. Definitely different than the chicken & dumplings we're all used to. I ordered the seafood stew -- not bad but I've definitely had better. The dish should've been accompanied by crusty bread for dipping -- instead there was a big piece of soggy bread as the centerpiece. If you're a fan of mussels & clams, you definitely get a lot of that -- but adding pieces of the halibut could make it even better. A server does come by with a basket of bread but only serves one slice at a time -- a basket of the bread at the table would've been more convenient. Dessert choices were good - we had the fried apple pie and that was yummy. The food is pricey for the type of food you're eating but you're paying for atmosphere. Make reservations. I'll probably come again to give the restaurant a second chance.
Excellent New Southern Cuisine! Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken/Martini's! – JCT Kitchen is another excellent example of the emerging "New Southern Cuisine", which is sweeping the region, and is now popping up on the West Coast as well. Chef Ford Fry, formerly of EatZi's, is the chef owner, and is he ever creative with all the things, us Southern's were brought up with. While we were waiting for our table to be ready, we had our favorite Dirty Grey Martini's, and sampled the wonderful Oyster Half Shell menu. Both Blue Point and Bogues Bay's got us started. And a very spicy cocktail sauce was perfect. The menu was not Mary Mac's or The Colonnade, but if you are a fan of Southern Cooking, this place is for you. For an app, we split the Buttter Bean Bruschetta, yes Butter Bean, served with grilled Country Bread. Similiar to Texas Toast Very tasty. We also split a terrific Chopped Salad, popping up everywhere these days, with shaved corn and a tart/sweet lemony dressing. I could not resist the Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken, served with Baked Mac N' Cheese. Just wonderful. My partner ordered an old childhood favorite, Chicken N' Dumplings. Not your childhood variety, but with a red wine sauce and crispy Potato Dumplings. The overall experience was pure comfort food, with a new Southern twist. JCT Kitchen is a much new welcomed dining destination, as opposed to the typical glammed out, see and be seen, mega restaurants, that have become so boring. Excellent service, and good Southern Charm!
Great appetizers, soup, and dessert. Beautiful View from upstairs bar – My husband and I went to JCT Kitchen tonight with 2 other couples. We were seated promptly with our reservation. There were not that many people in there when we arrived at 7:30, but it was full by 8:30. The dining room is done in very warm tones with "stainless steel" top tables. My husband had the white bean soup and chicken and dumplings. He said the wine sauce for the chicken was a little too strong, but I liked it. I had the tomato soup and egg noodle entree. The tomato soup was incredible and right up there with the best I've had. The egg noodles were good (made fresh daily) but a little bland; it could have used some spices or just a little something else. For dessert I had the fried apple pie with buttermilk ice cream and browned butter caramel sauce. It tasted very light and was excellent, especially the caramel. Our dining companions all enjoyed their dishes.
The service needs a little more polish, which was understandable given the restaurant has only been open a few weeks. When asked a specific question about a dish the server was knowledgable and did not hestitate with the answer. We had to ask for soft drink refills about half the time. The water is served from a bottle that was kept full during the meal. One of our friends did not get his entree with the rest of us because the server forgot to enter it. Without asking, the entree was comped. Our waitress also split the bill after she saw us trying to figure out how to split it ourselves, and each bill was correct when it came out. If they can get the service a little more polished and bring the entrees up to the standards of the appetizers and desserts, this could be one of our new favorite restaurants.
The view of midtown and downtown from the upstairs bar was incredible! We plan to go back to hang out on the patio when it's warmer. We are looking forward to going back.
Best short ribs I have ever had! – Me and my husband went on their opening night. The decor was really cozy. The server was very knowledgable. Then, there was the short ribs and fried chicken with mac and cheese, Yum!
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