Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Revisiting Jacob & Anthony

Oh man, I feel like it's been a while since I've posted a review...it's amazing how you don't realize how much you rely on the internet until you don't have it for a couple weeks...so now that things are up and running, here's my (revisiting) review of the first place we went out to dinner after the big move.

Even though I had a mediocre experience at Jacob & Anthony last time I was there, I'm all for second chances so we went again for dinner the other night. We were seated almost immediately, a nice change from the last time, and got settled in to our booth after I ordered a much needed drink after a long day at work: a very dirty martini. 

Now I have a friend who is convinced that Jacob & Anthony has the best dirty martini in town. I'm not sure if I would give them that coveted title (I'm a loyal 9 Maple fan), but it was still a darn good martini and I loved the blue cheese stuffed olives.

We got our appetizer shortly after our drinks, the Yellow Fin Tuna that came on top of crispy wontons with an asian slaw. A little sloppy to eat, but still delicious.

I ended up getting the Mesa Shrimp Salad, though I had to say my order about three times before our waiter could understand me. Apparently I talk softly? Our waiter, without trying to move closer or anything, just bluntly said "I can't hear anything you're saying". Throughout the whole dinner it was quite apparent that our waiter would have rather been anywhere but there. I don't think he cracked a smile once, even when we were trying to be extra friendly. It really puts a damper on dinner, don't you think? Back to the salad though, it was incredibly filling and more or less what I wanted at the time though I don't think I had ever had goat cheese on a tex-mex-ish salad before...I think I would have preferred a feta or cheddar even.

My date ended up getting the baby back ribs, which were pretty disappointing. I even tried them, just to see what he was talking about, and even though I don't know much about meat I could tell that the BBQ sauce was the only thing holding this meal together. Too bad, this was the first time for baby back ribs for both of us, and we were both unimpressed. 

Last but not least my friend got the J&A burger and the famous quote of the night was when he was halfway through with his burger, looked up, and said "I am bathed in grease right now and I can't tell if I like it or not". And it's true, he had grease running all down his hands. Lovely.

Sorry that's not the best picture, but in case you can't see this burger's got cheddar cheese and bacon on top which is always a good thing. When I asked him how he liked his burger though, my friend said that it was decent but nothing exciting.

In the end, I was the only one that was happy with my meal and none of us were happy with the service or the atmosphere (did I mention we were right next to a large party that kept clinking their glasses and cheering loudly?). Sorry Jacob & Anthony, I wanted to give you a second chance but you didn't quite cut it...maybe third time's the charm? 


  1. That's strange that you've had two bad experiences. Every time I've visited J&A with my family, it's been a great experience and the food has been amazing. We've never ordered any of the food you sampled and we've never had an issue with getting a table right away without a reservation (even during track season).

    The teriyaki wings are AMAZING and the filet tips are a favorite. It's definitely not a restaurant I would recommend for a vegetarian but anyone I've sent to J&A has loved it. Maybe it's just your bad luck?

  2. I couldn't agree more! We went there a few weeks ago and absolutely HATED our waiter! Everything took forever and the food was ho hum. With so many great restaurants in town, I think I am done with this place. Too bad you had the same experience.