Jack Allen’s Kitchen has a new location on Anderson Lane. I went in to this place to interview Jack without a clue that I knew him from my childhood. It was a shock when I asked him where he grew up and he told me the name of the street–he was the Jack Gilmore that lived down the street from my house growing up. Not only was he one of the Gilmore boys that my older brothers knew, but his sweet mom was a registered nurse like my mom and they would chat on the phone regularly. What a small world!
I must say, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is my new favorite restaurant in the neighborhood, and not just because I happen to know the owner. It’s a nice alternative to the variety of taco places, Asian food and fast food along Anderson Lane–sometimes you need to change things up a little.
Step inside this gem on any given Sunday and enjoy buffet-style brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If sleeping in on Sunday is your thing, then come to the restaurant during the week and sit on the sunlit patio. The skylights overhead aid in bringing in the sunshine, and there’s a lovely view of the trees. The patio has a rustic wooden farmhouse feel. Plop down on one of the red chairs and gaze out the garage doors with drink in hand. For the sports nuts, there are televisions hanging overhead to view those weekend games. Blue and white napkins adorn the top of the matching plates (Martha Stewart would approve).
This is Jack’s fourth restaurant in Austin–it just opened in July. He shared with me that he wanted a farm-to-table restaurant where he could support the local farmers–and he has succeeded. The lunch specials are available daily and range from $10.99 to $13.99 in price. Choose from Ruby Red Trout and chicken enchiladas, or do like I did and order the fried chicken breast and creamed gravy. The chicken sits on top of red mashed potatoes–not to mention the green beans with onions and carrots.
For brunch, lunch, dinner or just drinks, you better hit the road and head on down to Jack’s. You will come back for more–I guarantee it! More details at jackallenskitchen.com.