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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

jack’s bistro

Photo Credit: Mixed Eats

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That may be true, but I believe that the true definition is going to a restaurant where they are serving Mac & Cheese & Chocolate and not ordering.

I spent this weekend celebrating one of my very best friends. It was a Bachelorette-Bridal Shower weekend extravaganza in Maryland and as the Matron of Honor (how I hate that term) I was responsible for planning the festivities.

Our celebration happened to fall on Baltimore’s Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants were serving 3 courses for $30 and after looking at a handful of menus online, it seemed there was only one place we should go, Jack’s Bistro (3123 Eliott St, Baltimore).

I picked this restaurant before I decided to eat vegan. One dish in particular, the famous Mac & Cheese & Chocolate, was my main motivation for its selection. It did not even hit me that I would have to rethink my order until we were seated at the restaurant. Oh, and did I mention that I volunteered to be the designated driver. I am officially a glutton for punishment. No meat, no dairy, and no cocktails! It was a test of my will power that is for sure.

Here is what I ordered:
Cocktail - Water
Course One - Roasted Beet Salad with bibb lettuce, smoked balsamic, and shaved fennel
Course Two - Bohdi Dal, Indian curry, green lentils, zucchini, tomatoes, basmati rice, pita
Course Three - Water

Here is what I wish I ordered:
Cocktail -Date Night, house popcorn infused white rum, real sugar cane cola
Course One - Mac & Cheese & Chocolate, shell pasta, with smoked cheese sauce, and Columbian dark chocolate
Cocktail: Violet Martini, crème de violette, house made lemoncello
Course Two - Sous Vide Steak Frites, finished on the grill Truffle, garlic butter, fries
Course Two - Lamb Pasta, ground lamb, tomato sauce, rosemary, thyme, oregano, linguini
Course Three - Fried S’more, graham cracker encrusted chocolate marshmallow cookie with chocolate sauce & chocolate ice cream

Yes, I realize that there were two course twos in there. In my fantasy I can have two course twos and they would not even charge me extra, and the cocktails would be free and everyone would be skinny!

Back in reality, all of the ladies loved their dinner and mine was good, too. I left the table proud of myself that I did not give in to temptation and bury my face in a bowl of macaroni. After Jack’s we headed to Walt’s Inn (where they serve all their drinks in red solo cups). We had a blast singing karaoke until 2 in the morning and the bride was happy. What more can you ask for?


  1. What a good matron of honor you are! haha.

  2. darn.. I want to know how that mac & cheese was.. j~

  3. So very impressive! Did you see Daily Garnish's post on her vegan mac and cheese?? I was going to try it soon. Hopefully it'll suffice.

  4. Just just looked it up. I made a similar recipe that didn't quite work out. Let me know how it works. If it is good, I will make it with vegan chocolate on top :)

  5. howwwwww did you turn down mac n' cheese AND chocolate... you my lady, are better than thou. I am so curious about this combo!!! in other news, how was the roasted beet salad? beets are seriously my favorite thing ever (ok not ever, but you know what i mean) and duhhhh glad you had a fun weekend! :)

    1. The roasted beets were fantastic. I love a beat especially when I don't have to roast them myself.

  6. oh my goodness. that looks amazing. I admit my heart sank a little bit when you said it was not in RVA. I want to eat all of those little plates you ordered!

    I also really want to check this place out in DC:

    how crazy does it look?

    1. that place looks sick! we should plan a blogger trip to DC. I am all about it!