JCT Kitchen + Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in town. Tucked away in the Westside Provisions District near the railroad tracks, JCT Kitchen offers a southern menu with local and seasonal ingredients. The first time I dined there it was with my mom. We ordered the chicken skins as an appetizer (a serious guilty pleasure). My mom ordered a shrimp po’ boy, and I enjoyed shrimp and grits. I fell in love with the ambience, wonderful service, and delicious food that first time, so I knew I had to return and experience their famous fried chicken.
I’ve returned a few times, and for this visit, I was nearly tempted to venture from my usual order. We were greeted with warm smiles and great service. It just so happened that after taking a few photos of the area, we arrived right at 11am, when they opened. We started with a beautiful salad of beets, arugula, radishes, ricotta and a citrus vinaigrette. I’m still learning to enjoy salads, but I’m so glad I did try that one. I learned that I don’t actually hate beets. Yay!
My mom ordered the Grown Up Grilled Cheese, which I contemplated ordering myself. It’s served with a bowl of creamy tomato soup. I absolutely love the grilled cheese which has basil and tomatoes served on thick toast. The ooey cheese was perfectly stringy when I took a bite. I’m a sucker for melted cheese, so this is an obvious win for me. Speaking of which, my mom and I both ordered mac and cheese as a side. Theirs has bacon throughout, and, really, does it really make sense to turn down a dish with bacon?! Yum!
I ordered the fried chicken for myself. Knowing I would be sharing my thoughts, I thought it best to get the dish that keeps me coming back. The chicken was fried perfectly. The meat tender and the skin light, crispy, and well seasoned with just a hint of spice. They provide you with yummy hot sauce in case you need a bit more spice on your meat. With the fried chicken dish comes buttermilk biscuits and collard greens. Let me just say I nearly devoured the biscuits immediately. They were so soft and buttery that they practically melted in my mouth. They are perfect complement to the chicken. The collard greens also have a kick to them, but don’t worry. You won’t need to down an entire glass of water to get through it. I’m skeptical about collards having had more than my share growing up, but I will not turn down a bowl from JCT Kitchen.
Overall, my visit was wonderful! I believe in a good value. That’s part of what makes a restaurant worth sharing with family and friends. There are just some places you know you’re getting every penny’s worth in your meal. Each time I’ve visited JCT Kitchen for lunch, I have felt like the quality and amount of food were worth my dollars. I totally recommend trying it, if you have never been or are visiting Atlanta.
Oh, and be sure to grab a handful of Lemonheads on your way out the door! They’re the owner’s favorites!