Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jack and Grill, Tavern, American, Roanoke-TX

Last visit: April 2013

Rating: Buy

Jack and Grill is the latest venture from the same team that is behind the Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill that we recently covered here on the RJG. Apparently it's the same Jack that once ran a restaurant in Southlake, but we didn't get over there before they closed.

Basically Jack and Grill is taking advantage of the nouveau version of a beer bar. An advanced tavern as it were. The food is definitely front and center, and shouldn't be considered an afterthought to the beer. And they certainly have more than beer for adult beverages. But for the RJG, the key is their beer selection, and then does the food quality inspire repeat visits. The answer is a profound YES.

The beer selection, while vast and clearly thought out, is surprisingly thin on Texas craft brews, and almost no local representation. I think they should add a few regional rotationals into the mix. But they do have some items you don't see everywhere, like seasonal beers from Dogfish Head (Delaware), Goose Island (Chicago), and Rogue (Oregon). As for the food, we (Mr. Music joined me on this visit) sampled some of their appetizers like the barbecue chicken pizza, chips and queso (made with hamburger beef), and chicken wings. The latter is their self-proclaimed specialty, and we decided to test their "jack it up" wings - which indeed packed on the heat as we munched through them. Mr. Music also had a garden salad. I will say that everything we had this day was excellent. Our waitress also did a fine job fielding our multitude of questions - and that alone should be worth combat pay. They have plenty of burgers and sandwiches as well, that I'm looking forward to trying.

Unlike Bayou Jack's, Jack and Grill does sit on the main downtown strip of Roanoke. In fact, if coming in from the south, this will be the first restaurant you see.

I definitely think Mrs. RJG will enjoy Jack and Grill as well, and as such, I see it as a regular place for lunch or dinner!

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