We foodies want to make sure we share all the love so why not right in our own backyard here in Kvegas (Kernersville to all you outside of towners). J.Pepper’s Southern Grille opened with much anticipation and CROWDS a little more than 15 months ago and they haven’t disappointed. Or let up….they actually added onto the space a few months back. I’ve eaten there many times for brunch, lunch and dinner and it’s usually pretty fab. J. Pepper’s is the type of restaurant that has a little something for everyone (as you’ll see from the beauty shots below), another local place that uses fresh local ingredients from local farmers and purveyors in our area. The restaurant is spacious with a great bar complete with community table and a brilliant outdoor patio with umbrellas and a beautiful fireplace. Perfect for dining al fresco. And the menu changes to reflect seasonal offerings as well, on top of the great specials any given night. Last night, I had dinner with my parents and sister’s family so we got to see and try many different dishes, which was super fun. If you are ever there on the night when the Blackened Drum is offered, it is amazing with its spicy tarter sauce and tomato chutney. And with TWO sides (I got the petite salad and grilled zucchini squash), it was plenty…um, yes I ate all of it. Others at the table got the Kernersville Cobb (awesome and different with homemade pimento cheese and roasted beets), Salmon Patties (my Daddy says it was really good and he doesn’t compliment often), Meatloaf (liked and had plenty to take home) and the Filet (sis says OMG). I can tell you their Mac-n-Cheese is delightful and then you can be real adult about it and ask for the Lobster Mac-n-Cheese…YUM. My favorite appetizer by far is their Sweet Potato Guacamole. That could be a meal, but don’t let it be…share it and save room for one of their awesome entrees, salads or sandwiches. And they have amazing sides that are not just your every day stuff. Oh and they have a fantastic brunch with these little biscuits that are so fluffy and perfect. Definitely worth a try…right here in KVegas. And we really needed a place like that in our little in-between town.
http://www.jpeppers.com, 841 Old Winston Road, Kernersville
I KNOW that the Competition Dining Series’ Fire in the Triad has their own blogger, but can I just tell you, I’d LOVE to be the OTHER blogger. This past week must’ve been “KILLER-NARY” heaven. This week’s winners were the great John Milner,Milner’s American Southern and Kristina Fuller, The Bistro at Adams Farm.
Last week’s Battle Bison has everybody talking as Undercurrent’s Michael Harkenreader (another Greensboro restaurant) eeked past Mozelle’s Janis Karanthanas. That was such a close battle, with just a point between the two. Oh to have been a spoon in a dish….anyway, I’m daydreaming. Not to be outdone, bring on this week’s last of the preliminary rounds. I was just SICK when I realized I’d missed my opportunity to see one of my faves, John Milner (Milner’s American Southern) go head to head with one of my other faves, Taylor Brett of Bin 33. Milner’s finally put a Winston-Salem restaurant in the running and joins Bistro B’s Tim as the only 2 winners from Forsyth County. Those of us on western side of the county line know that we are surrounded by culinary genius so it’s nice to see a couple winners from over “h’ya.” So happy for you, John Milner! You have a special place in our heart at Triadfoodies and you still hold the #1 best brunch I ever had (Pork tenderloin Benedict). And your catering and service are top notch. And, Bin 33…righteous.
The last of the prelim’s featured Kristina Fuller of The Bistro at Adams Farm (GSO) and Chris Russell of B. Christopher’s (Burlington). This foodie has never eaten at either place. A sin, I know…I’m but ONE person (on a budget, no less). The battle: Poulet Rouge…loves me some chicken. And they even managed to work in dessert courses with this French beast. Fuller edged out Russell by another close point. What I am finding interesting is, in some cases, the “public” vote differs from the “pro judge” vote. But it’s weighted to be as fair as possible. Really, they are all winners. And we win by eating at their restaurants. Check out http://www.competitiondining.com and take a look at the results.
Bistro B v. Josephine’s
Southern Lights v 1618 West
Maybe someone will ask me to be a pro judge. That would be a dream come true 🙂