St. Jack Review
With sumptuous wax drip candles along the counters and French hip-hop playing softly in the background, this bistro on a busy street in Southeast has a certain je ne sais quoi. Serving hearty portions of rich and creamy food, the chic yet cozy restaurant takes its inspiration from the bouchons, or rustic cafés, of Lyon, the culinary capital of France. The pan-seared scallops, drenched in a cognac, leek, and Gruyère sauce, with a bread crumb crunch, make a delicious precursor to the main course. For dinner, try the moist and flavorful roasted trout, served whole with a warm lentil salad, or the perfectly tender mussels, which arrive in a large white bowl with garlic, shallots, fennel, vermouth—and a crusty baguette for dunking. Regulars rave about the light and honeyed chicken liver mousse, and the house cocktails are killer too—particularly the Lost Weekend. During the day, the Patisserie St. Jack serves espresso along with croissants, canelés (a carmelized pastry with a custard center), macarons, and fresh-baked madeleines, as well as a variety of lunch plates.