JCT Kitchen

Last Atlanta post in the queue! For my graduation luncheon, my family and I visited JCT Kitchen for some yummy Southern style bistro food. With a large party, we had to eat off of their special event menu, which proved to be nearly as good as their regular menu.

We were able to choose from:

1st course

  • Tomato Soup; Fried Grafton Cheddar
  • JCT Salad; Green Beans, Romaine, Spiced Pecans, Apples, Buttermilk Dressing

2nd course

  • Springer Mountain Fried Chicken; Macaroni and Cheese, Garlicky Green Beans
  • Shrimp & Grits; Tim & Alice’s Red Mule Grits, crusty bread for sopping
  • Sweet Water Battered Fish & Chips; Fries, “Sweet & Sour” Apple Slaw, ooo-eee sauce!!

3rd course

  • Ginger Bread-Pudding; Meyer Lemon Curd
  • Georgia Pecan & Apple Fried Pies; Caramel, Cinnamon Ice cream

I tried to get photos and first bites of everything, but a girl’s gotta eat too! Many photos and family first bites after the jump.

I was able to taste both first course options, though I ordered the tomato soup for myself:

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

JCT Salad

JCT Salad


The tomato soup was so good! It was like the grown-up version of the canned stuff, and very well seasoned. I think the cheese “crouton” was the best part though, it was soo yummy! I didn’t care much for the JCT salad, the buttermilk dressing just tasted kind of like mayonnaise to me, but both of my parents enjoyed it.

For the second course, most of us ordered the fried chicken, but somehow I didn’t get a photo of it! Here are the other two menu choices:

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips


Only my uncle ordered the fish and chips, and because he was not sitting near me, I wasn’t able to get his first bite. I did, however, get my mom’s reaction to her shrimp and grits, and my brother’s to the macaroni and cheese that came with his fried chicken entree:

Mom's First Bite

Mom's First Bite

Spencer's First Bite

Spencer's First Bite


My brother’s reaction was so funny to me, mainly because I’ve never really captured anyone giving a negative first bite face. His explanation was that the macaroni and cheese was grainy, and after tasting mine, I had to agree. The cheese sauce was very flavorful and had an interesting mixture of cheeses, but it did have a grainy texture. My parents both ordered the shrimp and grits and really enjoyed it. The shrimp were large, the grits creamy, and all were seasoned nicely. However, my mom did comment that she could have done without the fried egg topping that left runny yolk in her grits.

Finally, dessert:

Ginger Bread-Pudding

Ginger Bread-Pudding

Fried Pies, Cinnamon Ice Cream, & Caramel

Fried Pies, Cinnamon Ice Cream, & Caramel


I had to explain more than once that the former dessert was a ginger bread-pudding and not a gingerbread pudding. Unfortunately, maybe being a gingerbread pudding would have made it more appetizing. As my ever-articulate brother put it, it tasted “blah” (his face said the same). The lemon curd that came along with it, however, was really a standout, as evidenced by my dad’s first bite below:

Spencer's First Bite

Spencer's First Bite

Dad's First bite

Dad's First bite


The fried pies I ordered were good; flaky/crispy on the outside and covered in sugar, and warm delicious fillings (one apple, one pecan) on the inside. The cinnamon ice cream and caramel topping could have been left out though, as both were kind of flavorless. I’m not sure if the sugar from the pies just canceled out the taste of the ice cream and topping, but they really didn’t add anything to the dessert.

This turned out to be quite a long post! But I really do enjoy JCT Kitchen; I’ve visited once before for their Sunday Dinner (a “meat & 3″ setup) and had some of the best biscuits I’ve ever eaten. Live music and a vibrant bar scene on Thursdays also make this a place I can’t wait to visit again.

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