JCT Kitchen in Atlanta
I have been for dinner. I thought everything was pretty good. My significant other had fried chicken which i tasted. I thought it was quite good. My dish, chicken and dumplings was tasty, but the portion was tiny. I got 2 bites of chicken and about 3 slithers of mushroom. A friend went a week or so later and the complaint was the same, great flavors just tiny tiny entree portion. Other than that easy fix it was quite pleasant. I think they have done a great job with the space, it looks very nice.
I had lunch there yesterday and I was thoroughly impressed. Everything we tried was very good including an app with fried fish, onions and lemons (fried too)...my smoked BBQ open face sandwich with slaw was delicious...we loved the room and the open doors to the courtyard and look forward to coming back for a summer evening there.
Alton Brown was having lunch across the room from us. Didn't stay long enough to see what he ordered but was drinking a martini.
I have been there three times in the past month. We found this place after dinner at Bacchanalia and ended up popping into the second floor bar for a drink. It was an unusually nice night for February so we sat outside enjoying the incredible view of Midtown from this fantastic space. The signature cocktails were great. I had an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade) with a shot of vodka.
The next time, we went back for a group dinner. The menu is reinterpreted Southern for the most part and has something for everyone. The atmosphere is light and airy. I would imagine that when the dining room is full, it can get a little noisy but it has been pleasant on both of our visits.
I can recommend the white bean foccacia for starters and either the salmon or the shrimp and grit for an entree. I was not as impressed with the braised short rib, but it may have been an off night. The fried apple pie for dessert was a highlight.
It's still too early to tell how this place will do but I think that it has the makings of something big. I would get there before it gets reviewed to avoid the crowds. I have not been but friends say that lunch is very good too.
I enjoyed my one experience. I had oysters on the half shell and although the server could not tell me their origin, they were fresh and good. Shrimp w/ Grits was great. I liked the smokiness added by the bits of smoked sausage. I'll go back again. It'll be interesting to see if they can make that location work, given its history.