All About Americana
By The Foodies./ email@example.com
Shleby Poole and her husband, chef Harry Poole, will celebrate
seven years at Jacksons in February, sticking to a mantra
of straightforward American cooking all the while.
We dont try to fancy it up its good
cooking, Shelby explains.
Complete with a vintage gas pump and images of Americana,
the cozy surroundings carry forth that all-American vibe and
create a comfortable atmosphere, even on a packed Saturday
We started with fresh chips served with zesty, thick black
bean dip before diving into some appetizers. Asian-style Crispy
Fried Calamari ($11) was a big hit with our table, including
an ardent calamari skeptic. Milk-soaked, tender squid is paired
with crunchy, flash-fried covering and dressed with a zingy
Asian Kung Pao sauce.
The soup of the day a butternut squash seafood soup
pairs tender morsels of the seas best with a
warm, homey base. And prepared with top-quality beef, the
Roadside Sliders ($9), topped with sweet sautéed onions
and cheese, offer an enticing glimpse into Jacksons
deep burger selection.
Entrees are impressive. Bourbon Street Jambalaya ($20) is
a Jacksons staple, boasting savory chicken, shrimp,
Andouille sausage, fried banana and Creole rice in a tempting
medley that brings New Orleans to your plate. Seafaring souls
will enjoy sesame-crusted Ahi Tuna ($23), pairing sushi-grade
tuna thats delightfully pan-seared with a sweet soy
glaze juxtaposed with nutty sesame and poppy. Check out the
wasabi whipped potatoes, too, which bring the ever-so-slight
tingle to your taste buds at the finish. The traditional potatoes
boast a balanced, enticing garlic note.
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will enjoy the house-made
Veggie Burger ($12), a hearty, flavorful creation bursting
with pepper and legumes. From the grill, the marinated Skirt
Steak ($23) is tender, paired with sautéed onions and
pan-seared spinach. And the ever-changing ravioli brought
us a delightful lobster and crab selection, paired with spicy
morsels and fresh shrimp dressed in a rich Cajun cream sauce.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with artful martinis like the sprinkle-adorned
Rainbow Cookie and the sophisticated Pear Tree martini. Non-drinkers
have throwbacks like milkshakes and classic chocolate egg
creams to delight it. And for dessert, the French Toast, a
crispy, toasty delight of thick challah bread, whipped cream,
sprinkles and Bananas Foster is a knockout just another
reminder that like any other American classic, eating well
never goes out of fashion.