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Oct 24, 2008 06:38 PM

Johnny V opening Casual spot Las Olas (FTL) - Smith and Jones Bar

YES... The Sunsentinel is reporting that chef Johnny V is opening a new casual spot on Las Olas called Smith and Jones Bar serving American Comfort Foods. PLEASE bring back the rib meat hoagie...... I loved his casual spot on Alton Road in South Beach. GREAT sandwiches.
Really looking forward to this one.

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    1. I have been a fan of Johnny V's food since he was at the original Astor place back in the early 90's. I am really looking forward to this place opening!

      1. mmmmm ... rib meat hoagie. I remember like it was yesterday.

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          Seared tuna one makes it better than Jonny V did on Alton Rd.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Smith & Jones is open for dinner. I Stopped by for lunch but they were closed. Not sure if they intend on openingo for lunch but I would assume so. Didn't see a rib meat hoagie on menu but noticed bbq pulled pork slider trio with mango slaw. Rib fans, they also have bbq beef ribs "flinstone style", Missouri slow roasted smoked baby backs, and smoked beef brisket and beef sausage.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              I went there the night they opened -- they have a pretty large menu, everything very reasonably priced (under $20) -- lots of traditional comfort food items (meat loaf, chicken pot pie, pot roast, fish and chips, etc). There is a small stage in the middle of the restaurant where they have live music after 9pm -- lots of TV's, very much like a sports bar.

              The food is pretty good, we ordered the Philly Cheesesteak, Fish and Chips, Meatloaf, and Nachos -- all were good. I would think they will open for lunch eventually, they have a lot of lunch items / sandwiches.

          2. I am so looking forward to eating here, I have always been a huge fan of Johnny's food! I heard that they have some great live music that plays there, as well as a great menu that is very affordable. Johnny's version of comfort food is a welcome addition to the neighborhood

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            1. re: sunnygrl7

              I went tonight. Had the San Diego fish tacos. Excellent. It came with 4 tacos with plently of grilled fish for $11. A great deal. Friend had the pulled pork sliders, $11 which were also very good. They are now open for lunch as well. A great addition to the nieghborhood, especially in this economy.

            2. Made it over to lunch last week and the service was SO bad I don't even feel like commenting on the food. I understand that they just opened but this was Sarah Palin comical, seriously. I'll spare you the details other than the fact that I was served a coke 4x in lieu of the diet coke I ordered. Forget about not knowing the menu, I'm convinced that our waitress had no idea what a hamburger was.. It was embarrassing because I brought a group of Johnny V first timers who were looking forward to it based on my raves. I know they just opened but the mistakes we encountered were inexcusable. Anyway, menu is extensive with Johnny V's take on classic comfort food. We started with his bbq potato chips "nachos" serves with cheddar cheese, bacon and blue cheese dip which were okay but nothing special. I opted for the bbq pulled pork slider trio with mango slaw. It was good but not enough slaw on two of the three. Moreover, the bbq was a little too sweet for my palate. Nevertheless, there are several items on the menu that I look forward to trying and I will be back. I'm sure the will have the kinks worked out soon.

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              1. re: The Chowfather

                I went there again this past weekend with some friends for dinner, unfortunately it wasn't that good either. Service was really slow, when we sat down we were watching about 3 waitresses ponder who was going to get to serve our table for about 5 minutes, once they figured it out - we placed drink orders and a few appetizers... it took them about 10-15 mins to find the bottle of wine that we ordered. The Smith Salad that we got was warm, the tomatoes were mushy and it wasn't good. Got the chicken pot pie and the center of it was totally cold, very disappointing. Johnny V was walking around the restaurant talking to a few people who seemed to be his friends - instead of doing anything to make the place the slightest bit better. Oh, and all of the stalls in the bathroom were broken.

                1. re: The Chowfather

                  Tale of two visits... Made a special trip up to Las Olas today in order to give Smith & Jones another shot. MUCH better experience. The host was great, staff friendly and our server was perfect. I opted for the smoked beef brisket and beef sausage which was from the Kruez Market in Lockhart Texas. This was can't wait to go back good. The brisket was super tender and extremely tasty. The sauage was equally as good, cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Great dish. The cesaer salad with chicken was also a hit at the table. Very glad I went back. On a side note a quick look at the wine list revealed several bottles in the $30 and under range with BTG options in the $6-$7 range.

                  1. re: The Chowfather

                    I'll have to try this place. His place here in Port St. Lucie West that failed wasn't great. Looking forward to trying it out.


                    1. re: LargeLife

                      place in port st. lucie? i'm pretty sure its a different person.

                        1. re: The Chowfather

                          I'm sorry to inform you....but I met Johnny V at his restaurant in Port St. Lucie West....adjoining the PGA Village was him.....


                          1. re: LargeLife

                            You could be correct but here is a quote from the Palm Beach Post regarding Johnny V in Port St. Lucie

                            "We're talking Johnny V's, the 3-year-old establishment led by veteran restaurateur Johnny Vernaglia."

                            and here is Johnny Vinczencz bio


                            1. re: The Chowfather

                              Thanks for the research ChowDaddy.....The gentleman I met at JohnnyV's in St. Lucie West....introduced himself to me as "Johnny V"....His chef's jacket was inscribed with "Johnny V".....And he made sure to tell me that he owned restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale.....So....Whose who?....At this point I'm not so sure!......The food there was fair....the service...not so much...and failed....bottom line......

                              Again...thanks for the information!!