Jack's Southern Comfort
Jack's Southern Comfort on Lower Greenville (in the old Ali Baba space) is a wonderful addition to the area. The food -- in both taste and portion size -- is better than Sissy's. It's like a more-casual Hattie's. The Texasian salad is delicious. The Upside-Down Chicken Pot Pie (essentially pot pie filling poured over a home made biscuit) was an obvious favorite. The owners are originally from Louisiana, and the influence shows -- crawfish mac 'n cheese, gumbo,. etc. Lots of staples, done up right -- fried chicken, brisket chili, catfish, collard greens, fried green tomoatoes, deviled eggs, and lots and lots of pies.
The place is small, so we had to wait for a table. They don't have a liquor license yet, so you can BYOB -- and they were serving complimentary watermellon sangria. The staff was friendly and attentive. And the prices are very reasonable.
Check it out.
I went last week and was not as impressed though I feel it is very close to being a special place. In my opinion, if it were just a few dollars cheaper or a tad better, it would be a great addition. As it is, and please keep in mind that I've only been once during their first week, it's not the type of place I would return to often. What we had:
Smothered biscuit dish - I can't remember what it was called but it's two biscuits covered in gravy and other stuff. This was actually very delicious but extremely heavy. I don't think I could eat more than a few bites before wanting to move on to something else.
Fried catfish - my friend ordered this and commented that he could get better fried catfish at any number of places in south dallas. take that how you will.
Gumbo - I had the gumbo. It was good but not great. Which brings me back to my initial take that if it were great, or a few bucks cheaper, it would have been a steal.
I just checked the website to get the names of hte dishes we had and can see the menu is dramatically larger now. Also, I want to add that then service was phenomenal. In addition to free sangria, they even offered to run to the liquor store for us when we asked if they had bourbon. It was too generous of an offer to accept but I'm still amazed they offered.