Jury Room in Quincy?
I was searching for a place for dinner next week in Quincy, when I found this artcle about the Jury Room which opened a couple of days ago. Has anyone been or been by it? Impressions?
I had dinner there this evening. Our original plan was to have dinner/drinks at The Fat Cat. But there was no a/c at The Fat Cat so after drinks and an appetizer, we moved on to The Jury Room. I had passed it on the way to The Fat Cat from my car. Had never even heard about it.
We ate on the bar side. The dining area seemed a little fancy for our plans. The bar area was a little loud, but like the previous poster said they're planning to fix that. We actually had a nice chat with the owner. The food was great and although we had wine, they have an incredible beer list. I had the chicken/broccolini/gouda sauce pizza and my friend had the greens salad and the salmon panini. Sorry, I can't remember right now what the "legal" name of my sandwich was. Anyway, the pizza was awesome as were the french fries that came with my friend's sandwich. And he said the rest of his meal was awesome. We followed it up with the key lime pie. I think it was the best klp I've ever had.
All of the staff were very nice. I'd recommend it. And I plan on going back soon.
Tried it for lunch yesterday and went with the Class Action flatbread. It turned out to be a good choice, grilled chicken, broccolini and smoked gouda sauce. Tasty and relatively light as the sauce didn't overpower the chicken. I would definitely get it again. Lunch consists of a variety of flatbreads and sandwiches, along with a few salads and appetizers such as fried calamari diavolo style and white bean & spinach dip. The dinner menu IMO at least, seems more interesting. Since they don't have a website yet, here is a sample from that menu. Under the appetizers they offer steak cigars which consist of sliced steak, wrapped and rolled in a garlic & herb pastry finished with smoked gouda dipping sauce. Under salads they offer the usual caesar as well as a strawberry pecan salad and a tomato panzanella salad which is an Italian bread salad with basil, red onion, arugula & olive oil vinaigrette. For entrees they have a few pasta dishes like linguine with clams in a white cream sauce; a number of different steaks ranging from $19 to $27 with an assortment of sauces to choose from as well as a few fish dishes. They also have some different side dishes such as warm potato salad and roasted balsamic vegetables. I think it's going to be a good addition to Quincy, and I'm not so sure it will really compete with the Fat Cat as the menus are quite different. I will always go to the Fat Cat for the lobster mac & cheese.
Tried to get into Fat Cat last night and there was an hour wait @ 7:45, so we went to Jury Room instead.
It was empty. Dead as a doornail. There were a few people in the bar and one other party in the dining room. The dining room seemed dark and cavernous and
They have 2 menus, a dining room menu that P-meister described and another menu with the sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, etc. We received the dining room menu, but since none of us wanted a $30 meal, we asked if they were serving off the other menu too and were told yes, but our server brought us 1 sandwich menu for a table of 4.
Eventually, I got up and found the stack of menus and brought over more.
Our server took our drink order but when asked if the bar was stocked with (liquor A) and (liquor B) (very common brands) she had no clue and went back to the bar. Yeah, they had them. Cocktails arrived quickly and, frankly, were the highlight of the meal.
We ordered 4 different kinds of sandwiches, after a needlessly belabored interaction with the server. Our meals came out at 4 different times, the first arrived approximately 8 min before the last. Burgers were rated "just ok". Steak and cheese got a "pretty good." Chicken "sliders" received a "WTF?" because they were actually fried buffalo tenders about 5 inches long placed into the middle of a small round, fluffy parker house roll. Good, I suppose but nothing to be ordered again. The fries were decent -- better than Fat Cat's because they didn't immediately get soggy.
We had to basically beg for water which was not refilled, despite our servers vigalent replenishing of cocktails.
So, would I go back?
I think it's obvious that the owner(s) have taken a lot of time in developing the menu and making it a pretty nice place.
But the food was nothing great and the service was underwhelming and scatterbrained.
Since the cocktails were good, my plan is to go back and sit at the bar and see if it is good enough to become a destination spot rather than a Fat Cat spillover when the car is already parked and you don't want to move it.
The fact that it was so dead when every place around it was hopping last night doesn't seem like a good sign.