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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Jack and Tony's Restaurant and Whisky Bar

So I went to Jack and Tony’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar for my dad’s birthday. It’s located in Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. When we walked in, the first thing I saw was the bar. There was a plasma screen TV with a game going, in case you were looking for a place to watch football. I think it might have been a rerun or highlight. Our waitress, Jessica, was very nice, and after seating us, asked us what we wanted for our appetizers. I had some questions about truffles, because one of the items was baked brie cheese with honey infused with truffle oil, and walnuts. I asked Jessica if they had any truffles in the kitchen, but I didn’t really want to try one. I hear they’re kind of like mushrooms, and I HATE mushrooms. Well, my mom and dad ordered the cheese, and that truffle honey wound up being the best honey I’ve ever had. It tasted like kind of a bitter honey with a sweet ending. It was great.

For my entrĂ©e, I ordered off the bar menu. You might wonder why, because I wasn’t in the bar. Well, the thing is, I like hamburgers. Jack and Tony’s don’t have a kids menu, but they said they’d cook anything I wanted, and I just wanted a burger. The burger was prepared medium rare, like I always like it. It came with all the fixins, and a big order of crispy fries. The best part about the fries was the 4 different kinds of dipping sauces Jessica brought for me to try. They had homemade catsup, aioli mayonnaise, homemade ranch, and homemade bbq sauce. The sauces were all delicious. My favorite was the Ranch because it had chives in it and I really like chives in my ranch.

For the “Basic” food eater, (Like my sister Rylee), they made her an order of butter noodles and a side of carrots. She LOVED it, and it didn’t cost my parents much at all. Me on the other hand…Bleccch!

For dessert, we had Mexican chocolate pot de creme, and a separate order of homemade chocolate banana bread pudding. Oh my!

The bathrooms were so clean, you could eat off the floor, but I didn’t try that. It’s nice to see that they take pride in cleaning at Jack and Tony’s.

The atmosphere of the restaurant kind of made me feel like what a restaurant would look like if my parents ever opened one. That’s something they’d love to do, but dad has another job, and doesn’t know how to run a restaurant. Speaking of Dad, he tried a flight of 3 Irish Whisky’s. Tyrconnell, Powers, and Black Bush. I was able to smell all three of em, and they actually smelled pretty good. Dad seemed happy with his whisky, which was kind of funny, since he doesn’t usually drink whisky. I guess he wanted to try something different for his birthday.

So, all in all, I’d give Jack and Tony’s a 4 out of 5 star rating. Pretty good!

If you want to try em out, or at least check out their menu, you can go to their website here.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend, and remember to thank a soldier for his service if you see one, or at least remember one like Major Dick Winters or John Basilone.

Rated 1 – 5 stars, 5 being the best and 1 being the worst. Dollar signs rated for the cost 1 – 4 dollar signs: $ = inexpensive, $$ = average,
$$$ = moderate and $$$$ = hecka expensive!!

The way it felt: ****
The cost: $$.1/2
The food: *****
The service: *****
Kid friendly: ****

First Things First

So....here's the story. A few nights ago, my family took me out to dinner to celebrate a birthday. We went to a great place in Santa Rosa, CA, Jack and Tony's Restaurant and Whisky Bar. While we were deciding what to have, our 10 year old son Logan asked the server "What's the big deal about truffles?" This has much more significance than the simple question of a young kid. This is life with Logan in a fine dining establishment.

You see, Logan is an aficionado. A Foody. He's a 35 year old in a 10 year old body, and many who know him call him Benjamin Button. He has a palate that the Michelin Guide would be thrilled to use as a template. Simply put....he has expensive tastes. His 6 year old sister, Rylee, is much, much easier on the waitstaff. She's happy with the basics, but more about that later.

And that simple, innocent question sparked a discussion at our table. We started talking about how it might be interesting and helpful to have reviews of restaurants from Logan's point of view. A fine dining experience through the eyes of a kid who knows what he likes, what his sister likes, and, to our chagrin, what we like. He likes to peruse the wine list. He likes to savor the aroma of a 10 year old Whisky, just to figure out if it has caramel, oak, or cherry undertones. He likes to cook, he loves to experiment, and, for those of you who haven't ever met him, he LOVES to talk.

We live in Sonoma County, and like to eat out. We made a conscious decision to try and take our kids with us to places that would have them, and be a family, as long as they knew how to behave in restaurants. Thankfully, they get it. But...(and there's always a but)..We might have created a 5 foot monster.

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