Monday, March 19, 2012

JCT Kitchen (visit #3)

Excited to be going back to JCT Kitchen. We ended up going there before a Georgia Tech basketball game several months ago and loved it. The ambiance is fun (albeit loud on a weekend evening); the servers are outstanding; and the food is really good-sort of Gourmet Southern. The oysters are TO DIE FOR!

Here are a few pics from their website of the exterior, interior:

Here's a sampling of their menu (which changes with what's available seasonally):
Deviled Eggs (5)
benton's country ham, evoo.
Truffle-Parmesan Fries
A Jar of House Smoked Trout
bacon-herb salad, kennebec potato chips.
Chicken Oyster & Okra "Small Fry"
ooo-eee! sauce & lemon.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Local Figs
tiny herb salad, bleu cheese yogurt, spiced almonds.
Chicken Liver Terrine
country toast,"tiny" pickles, apple cider jelly.
"Angry" Mussels
peppered bacon, serrano chile & onion.
Crispy Pork Belly Sliders
watermelon pickles, "rooster sauce".
3 Cold Water Oysters
cucumber mignonette, cocktail & mon. (1/2 doz).
Sweet Corn & Vidalia Onion Chowder
pickled ga white shrimp, summer herbs.
JCT. Salad
green beans, romaine, spiced pecans, apples, buttermilk dressing.
Local Lettuces & Herbs
marinated celery, vinaigrette.
Little Gems
wood grilled bacon, local radish, bleu cheese vinaigrette.
"Cracker Jack" Salad
arugula, country ham, apple vinaigrette, caramel corn, spiced peanuts, bleu.
Local Pole Bean Salad
bacon-sherry dressing, feta, pickled vidalia onions.
JCT. Fried Chicken
(limited... come early), benton's bacon macaroni & cheese, local farmstand vegetable of the moment.
Shrimp & Grits "Summer Version"
red mule grits, deep fried soft poached egg, crispy country ham, candied lemon.
Wood Grilled Lamb Burger
sweet grass dairy's goat cheese, pepper jelly, soft bun, fries.
North Georgia Trout
wood grilled, creme fraiche potato salad, smoked ham hoc vinaigrette.
Wood Grilled 1/2 Chicken
"almost boneless," potatoes, mushrooms, smoked tomato brown butter-chicken jus.
Wood Grilled Salmon
roasted near-by squashes, summer herb pesto.
House Made, Wood Roasted Sausage "Rope"
crispy pork belly, farmstand onion mashed potatoes, lady pea relish, pork jus.
Day Boat Fish Of The Moment
georgia field pea succotash, marinated local tomatoes & whole herbs.
Crispy Duck Leg
house-made duck sausage, confit duck leg, bacon lardon, frisee lettuce, duck jus.
Chicken & Dumplings
slow cooked chicken leg, sheep's milk ricotta dumplings, local vegetables.
House Smoked Berkshire Pork Chop
potato puree, vidalia onion, grilled peaches.
"Meat & Potatoes"
wood grilled hangar steak, heirloom potatoes, onion "jam," roasted beets.
Wood Grilled Rib Eye
spicy local arugula & preserved lemon, red onion & parmesan, natural jus.
Sweet Corn & Johnson's Farm Mil;k Ricotta Agnolotti
broccoli rabe & preserved tomatoes, local smoked sausage, buttery "corn-milk".
Vegetable Plate
georgia farm stand vegetables, buttered potato dumplings.
Garlicky Green Beans
buttered field peas, local squash - butter & thmye.
Red Mule Grits
crispy egg & pork jus, butter whipped potatoes.
Collard greens
bruce's pepper vinegar, & thyme, sweet corn succotash.

Iced Tea
hand squeezed
Dessert Menu
Brioche Doughnuts
dipping sauces, maple ice cream.
Banana Pudding
house-made vanilla wafers.
Ice Cream Sandwich
peanut butter cookie, chocolate ice cream.
Rum "Sopped" Coconut Cake
Chocolate Tart
salted caramel sauce, whipped cream.
Georgia Peach Fried Pies
bourbon-vanilla ice cream.
Assorted Ice Creams & Sorbets
Oysters On The Half-Shell
mignonette, cocktail & lemon. (each).
House-Cured Salmon
local goat cheese, crispy potato cake, evoo.
prime beef tenderloin, bourbon barrel aged worcestershire, preserved tomato, parmesan mayo, toast.
Pot Of Duck
rillettes, house made spicy mustard, tiny pickles, country toast.
Fried Chicken "Oysters"
crispy green tomato pickles, oo-eee! sauce.
Angry Mussels
house cured bacon, serrano chile, wood grilled bread for soppin'.
Marinated Beets
deep fried almonds, local goat cheese, grey salt, orange evoo.
Deviled Eggs
bentons country ham, evoo.
"Fancy" Wiener
Three different flavors to choose from.
Truffle Parmesan Fries
Devils On Horseback
stuffed dates, local bacon, bleu, almonds.
Chicken Liver Terrine
vanilla bean apple butter, country toast.
Crab n' Artichoke Pot
roasted peppers, olive oil toast and mayo.
Cracker Jack Salad
arugula, caramel corn, spiced peanuts, blue cheese, red onion caramel apple vinaigrette, country ham.
Lamb Burger
local goat cheese, pickled cucumber, house fries.
Sweet Onion & Fontina Filled Pasta
brown buttered mushrooms, humboldt fog goat cheese, veal jus.
Chicken & Dumplings
slow cooked chicken leg, sheep's milk ricotta dumplings, local vegetables.
JCT. Bar Steak
wood grilled hanger steak, local onion butter, fries.
Shrimp & Grits
crispy poached farm egg, benton's country ham.
Fish & Chips
sweet and sour apple slaw, sunchoke tartar, fries.

Sunday Supper
$24.00 per person
Sunday Supper - Table
Warm Biscuits, Apple Butter
Sunday Supper - Start
"Farm Stand" Salad
Sunday Supper - Meat & Three
(Choose your meat and three sides for the table).
Roast Chicken
natural jus.
Shimley's Local Veal Meatloaf
mushroom – preserved tomato "gravy".
Wood Roasted Riverview Farm's Pork Loin
pork jus.
Low Country Frogmore Stew
georgia white shrimp, sausage, leek, corn and potatoes.
Smoked Brisket "Pot Roast".
benton's bacon, cheddar.
Turnip Gratin
Squash Casserole
Fried Okra
ooee! sauce.
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Corn
house cured bacon, bleu.
Sliced Tomatoes
evoo, grey salt.
Collard Greens
Pole Beans
Sunday Supper - Dessert
Georgia Strawberry Cake

We arrived at JCT Kitchen for our early Sunday Supper at 5PM. Good thing we did make reservations as it was completely filled within 45 minutes. Their "Sunday Supper" is delish (and it takes the place of their regular menu). You get deviled eggs as a starter, along with a basket of amazing biscuits and flavored butter and apple butter. Then along arrives a fresh salad with champagne vinaigrette that was perfect with fingerling potatoes and french green beans. Then you choose which meat dish you'd prefer. This evening's choices were: Flounder over grits, Seafood Gumbo, Pot Roast, Roast Pork, Southern Fried Chicken and Country Fried Steak. Then the table chooses 3 vegies to share from brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, macaroni and cheese, green beans, kale. Everything was so good (albeit not the healthiest way to end a week). But it truly felt like a Southern Sunday Supper! Our server was adorable - unintrusive but attentive.

Here are a few pics from our meal:

Delicious biscuits with amazing Apple Butter

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Deviled Eggs with fresh chives and drizzled with olive oil!
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

One of many specialty drinks they offer - "The Boulevard" Elijah Craig 12-year, Campari, Carpano
Antica Formula, orange peel

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

The Roasted Pork was wonderful - moist, not dry at all, cooked to order perfectly and very flavorful.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Brisket Pot Roast with gravy was to die for!

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

The fish was a flounder rubbed in a spicy mixture that is JCT's signature and served on a pool of grits -

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

We chose mac and cheese, kale and brussel sprouts for our 3 sides:

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

And the grand finale: a slice of almond cake with whipped cream! Tres magnifique!

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Will go back soon on another night, as I'm still craving the oysters and wood fired salmon from my last visit!

Next up: Antico Pizza for a weeknight dinner JCT Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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