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.
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