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“Good food, good service, no atmosphere ”

Jackie's American Grill
Ranked #14 of 43 Restaurants in Emerald Isle
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

We tried Jackie’s on a summer Friday night when it wasn’t busy despite every other nearby restaurant having a 45 minute wait. It’s easy to miss this place, as it is located at the far end of a small strip of shops a block off the main road. It’s a nice looking building with lots of brick and an outdoor patio but there’s nothing about it that draws you in. It’s just kind of....there. The dining area is one big room with high ceilings and windows looking out to the parking lot and about the most nondescript decor I’ve ever seen in a place that wants to be somewhat upscale. The walls are gray, the furnishings are mostly black, and the lighting is too bright. One wall is brick with a couple of fake built in pizza ovens, a remnant of when it was an Italian restaurant, or given the color scheme, perhaps a crematory. There’s a complete absence of color or visual appeal. It feels unfinished, like it just opened but they haven’t finished decorating yet. The outdoor patio is just tables and chairs in a space. Other than that, this proved to be a very good place. Our server, Luis, was friendly and funny and gracious. The drinks were excellent. The fish (grouper, not cod) and chips were also excellent. The chicken caprese burger may have been the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had. Great execution in drab surroundings.

If this place would invest in some signage on the main road, and hire a decorator to liven up the dining room and patio (just hanging some Christmas lights out there would make a huge difference), and make the whole place feel a little festive and vibrant, it would make a world of difference.

1  Thank Chip H
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Very good service and well prepared food. I got fish and chips for $18. The fish was grouper. It was tasty. The chip were very good, thick, potato curls. Just enough for a meal.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Service was excellent, food was delicious. Slight drip from ceiling AC due to condensation but were able to work around it.

Thank Cory G
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

We have been to Jackie's several times when vacationing in Emerald Isle and have been pleased with the food and service. This time was again very good even though we selected sandwiches (hamburgers). They were cooked to perfection. The service was excellent.

The only drawback to this restaurant is its very austere interior. I could be decorated so there is a little more privacy for each dining area.

1  Thank Robert R
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

First time diners at a local spot. Seated immediately by a cordial hostess but the table needed cleaning. We received our menus a few minutes later from our server who took our drink orders. My martini was perfect except spilled when set down which the server did not wipe up although she came back shortly and dropped off "extra napkins". Salt and pepper shakers were sticky and obviously hadn't been cleaned. I had the grouper Fish and Chips and my wife had a Mahi special. Both were very well prepared. The Grouper though had not been drained and sat in a puddle of fryer oil. The grouper was $18.00 but the Mahi special, a local fish was $33.00, a bit high for the seacoast. All in all, rather average for what portends to be be excellent. It needs attention to details.

Thank Jim Y
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