REVIEW: JCT Kitchen, Westside Provisions District, West Midtown, Atlanta
We had visited Westside Provisions District just a few weeks ago on a scouting mission and decided that we would come back for dinner one evening. We’d been to the Tech game on a Saturday and decided to check out Ford Fry‘s JCT Kitchen for a light meal after a hot and exhausting day watching the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat up their opponents.
We were very early for dinner and understandably seated directly. Our server greeted us promptly, we soon had refreshments and were discussing the menu selections. Our server was able to answer every question that was posed to her and was also able to provide a good amount of additional information as well. The entire staff was super friendly and displayed an amazing amount of teamwork throughout our time there while serving our table and the other diners around us.
Melanie chose the Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad for her entrée and I went with the Shrimp & Grits. We decided that we wanted to try the Deviled Eggs as an appetizer and you cannot go wrong with this selection. This is a dish that I have only recently begun to enjoy but compared to the others that I’ve tried, the JCT Deviled Eggs seemed so much more creamier than anything else I’ve tasted. Topping each deviled egg with ham really puts it over the top and was the perfect, light appetizer to get our meal off to a great start.
JCT Kitchen has a style that is both elegant and casual, in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There’s a bar upstairs, while the main dining area downstairs has a large indoor seating area and an interior garden patio area perfect for cooler days or nice evenings. There is ample parking available and valet parking is also provided. If you need to take a left onto Howell Mill Road when you’re leaving, take the Huff Road exit so you can use the stoplight for safety.
Westside Provisions District has a bunch of shops and restaurants and its great to just walk around and explore before or after your meal. There are plenty of information pods scattered about to help you find things you’re looking for or if you are directionally challenged. After dinner, you might want to check out Jeni’s Ice Cream and then sit and enjoy it in the large community style seating area.
When our meal arrived, we were both stunned by the presentation of the entrées. It looked almost too good to eat, but we were too hungry to think like that! Melanie’s Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad was fresh and crunchy, while the dressing was rich and creamy. She really enjoyed the crispy fried strips of Vidalia onions covering the salad and we talked about how normally she doesn’t like fried onion bits but she said these were just awesome.
I was really wowed by the Shrimp & Grits. It’s a little ironic because you think to yourself, “this is such a simple meal” but then JCT Kitchen adds the little details that really make this dish pop! The shrimp were prepared and seasoned perfectly. I’m not sure what exactly they did to make those shrimp spectacular, but I am on a mission to find out! The other seasonal things that I noticed added to this dish were the asparagus and diced tomatoes. All of these flavors came together in this dish and made that “simple” meal noteworthy.
JCT Kitchen is exemplary. It is perfection in casual, upscale dining that combines a superbly welcoming and comfortable atmosphere with spectacular food and top-notch service. JCT Kitchen is a sure bet for an awesome meal. Guten appetit!