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Nov 8, 2013 10:54 AM

going to willie jane for first time tonight...

two questions about willie jane:
1. I recall hearing that they used to serve large format dishes that 2 or more people more or less shared a big platter. seems like that is no longer true?

2. what should we order tonight?

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  1. fried chicken is good, so are the ribs, they serve the ribs for an appetizer also. The sides look good - shrimp and grits, greens, black eyed peas with tasso ham, mac & cheese...enjoy.

    The image is the happy hour 1/2 rack ribs ($10 i think)

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    1. re: CharlesKochel

      Thanks for these recs. Have others been there recently?

    2. Indeed, it seems the large format dishes are no longer part of the menu.

      That doesn't seem to matter too much though, as most everything else is rather excellent.

      The ribs that have been mentioned on this board were actually the least favorite of the dishes I tried last week there. Other than the interesting hibiscus/citrus glaze, I found the ribs somewhat mediocre.

      But the shrimp n' grits is absolutely insane. The oxtail with fried plantains is remarkable. The sweet tea brined pork chop is heavenly. And the oatmeal cookie sandwich with mascarpone whip is one of the most delicious desserts in the city.

      Overall, Willie Jane is probably the best place to eat on Abbott Kinney.

      I hope you tried at least some of the dishes I mentioned on your trip.

      How did it go?

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      1. re: Stravinsky

        Cocktails excellent.
        Loved the biscuits and the curry oxtail but not much else. And we tried almost everything. Seafood was notably bad, Octopus was terrible and shrimp/grits were a very poor version of the dish. Veggie sides all sounded great but were not.
        Fried Chicken was well cooked but had no flavor in the batter.
        A solid B-.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Wow... I wonder if you had the same shrimp n grits me and my partner had?

          The dish is definitely not 'authentic' I guess, but ours had a mind-blowingly awesome flavor to it regardless.

          What night did you go?

          No love for the pork chop?

          Or the oatmeal cookie sandwich?

          1. re: Stravinsky

            Shrimp were tiny, and mushy - grits were watery (my partner a Southerner so these things are important). Went last Thursday night. Did not try the p. chop nor any dessert.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Last Thursday, what time were you there?

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  I messed up, I was there last Wednesday night. A shame really. Maybe I have messed up taste buds, but the shrimp n grits tasted amazing to me then. I was surprised that the shrimp were so small, versus the large shrimp at the Hart and the Hunter, but the flavor of the dish was more than enough to make up for it.

                  I think you missed some BIG things by not getting the pork chop and the oatmeal cookie mascarpone sandwich, but then again maybe I am not a good reference point. =/