Jack’s on Halsted

The scallops at Jack's on Halsted are served with cocoa sauce.

The scallops at Jack's on Halsted are served with cocoa sauce.

We headed to Jack’s on Halsted Friday night with family and friends to get a quick bite before going to the Apollo Theater to see Million Dollar Quartet.
The verdict? Jack’s has some decent menu items, but it’s not spectacular.

This moderately priced American bistro has been around for ages, so Tammy and I had high hopes for it, but it wasn’t what we expected. Sure, the funky décor complements the flamboyant neighborhood, which makes for a fun atmosphere. But the food is far from cutting edge.

The standard chicken dishes ordered were the best choices on the table, but unfortunately they didn’t sing. And the seafood options we tried were overcooked and overshadowed by odd flavor combos.

We started out with crab cakes for the table to share. They were good but not standout. Then, for the main course I had the pan seared dry pac scallops with vanilla vodka, porcini, cocoa, parmesan cream orchetta pasta and white truffle oil. Cocoa was the dominant ingredient — the pasta sauce tasted like chocolate sauce and didn’t pair well with the scallops, which were nice on their own.

Tammy had the grilled Nova Scotia salmon with broccolini, roasted sweet peppers, olives, tomatoes and pesto toasted couscous. Just one bite was enough to taste that the peppers and olives completely overwhelmed the fish.

Despite the average food, the service was good — our waiter was attentive and sensitive to our theater schedule. It’s a good thing! Because on this night the play was the thing. I highly recommend Million Dollar Quartet! The food, on the other hand, turned in a decidedly lackluster performance.

The atmosphere at Jack's is cool.

The atmosphere at Jack's is cool.

Jack’s on Halsted
3201 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-9191
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Bridget’s Ratings Tammy’s Ratings
Food Quality 3 2
Value 3 2
Service 3 4
Ambiance 3 3
Overall 5 5

Average price per person: $35

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  1. Justin left a comment on June 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I live off Halsted and Pass Jack’s everyday funny thing is I’ve never eaten there. Thanks for the review. The photos look great– I might stop in for a quick bite myself sometime.
    -Justin

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