Sunday, October 18, 2015

J. Alexander's

You can find this location of J. Alexander's at 4701 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30338 in Perimeter Village, the shopping center North and across Ashford Dunwoody Rd from Perimeter Mall. This is a large shopping center that has a Walmart as the anchor, but also includes a US Post Office and several restaurants worth trying like Viceroy Indian Cuisine. I spend a lot of time over here due to its proximity to my work.

J. Alexander's occupies the old Houston's location, inheriting the sexy interior that features fabulous Louis Poulsen Artichoke Pendant Lamps, a rich dark wood interior and inviting bar. For me this location was always about drinking and having a few appetizers, something the restaurant does very well. I had eaten here a couple of times when it was Houston's and think of that chain as more of the original bourbon/wine and steak concept. J. Alexander's continues with that theme, at least at this location (the only one I've visited) and does very well by that concept, offering a selection of steaks, seafood and wines competitive with many high-end restaurants.

On this occasion I attended a short business meeting during lunch with only a few people. For the most part everyone was looking at the salads and fish options so my photos and review will focus on those items. I hope to come back and try a nice cut of prime rib with a reserve label red. We had reservations and were seated with about 5 minutes of standing in the lobby waiting for the entire party to enter. Service started very good with polite hosts attending and a couple of wait staffers to serve (I believe one was in training).

I had one of the specials, the Golden Sea Bass with Mango Papaya Salsa served with couscous and it was quite good if a little light weight - a small salad would have enhanced the experience (but again, I should have asked about a salad). I was envious of the lunch salads that others ordered, including an Ahi Tuna Salad and a Cyprus Salad from the regular menu.

Food on delivery seemed a bit rushed and the wait time from order to delivery was quite long - the only negatives to an exceptional experience. Also and perhaps this was due to the rushed delivery, the food was a bit skewed on the plates (I know that this is nitpicking but when you pay more the expectation should be higher, yes?). This was really a 3.5/5 experience but I'll round up to 4 from past visits.

--- John

(also posted to Yelp)
J Alexander's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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