Jack's in Kingfield champions fresh textures

Chef Kevin Kathman invents sculptural small plates

"Striving for perfection": Kathman with his beet salad
Emily Utne
"Striving for perfection": Kathman with his beet salad

Though packed on Friday and Saturday nights (reservations are recommended), Jack's is relatively quiet at brunch, which it serves on Saturday and Sunday mornings. "Dinner is our time to experiment in the kitchen. It's the catalyst for pretty much everything we do here," Kathman says. "But everything we make for brunch is for fun." It's the kind of food a dad who also happens to be a chef would make for his family on a Sunday morning. There's everything from French toast with fruit compote and vanilla whipped cream to eggs Florentine with braised beet greens, roasted tomato, and a brown butter hollandaise. And though he has successfully dodged my attempts to get him to single out the dish that represents Jack's ethos, I do finally get Kathman to take exclusive ownership over one thing. "The green chile pork shoulder hash at brunch," he admits. "That one is all passion. It's hours spent on one of the simpler dishes. That one is pure Kevin."

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Citygirl
Citygirl

Jack's continues to struggle to find their identity. Going back to being a coffee shop would do the place a service. Great location, great ambience, but they really struggle with the food. Time to pick something and stick with it.

Answer Me Dickerson
Answer Me Dickerson

Citypages, you look like hacks by leaving this story up. We know that the "chef" left town and the place went back to frozen burgers and greasy fries. Don't you think you should at least banner it "closed" like you do on the best of list or something? Anything? Anyone? Hacks....

Dickersonherb
Dickersonherb

so, yeah, there you go. i was right, it's not a 'real business'.

Lhayes
Lhayes

I prefer trying small plates places to indulging at yet another burger joint--Jack's seems to have possibilities. Thank you City Pages/Emily Weiss for pointing it out.

MEG
MEG

Does anyone else find the "in Kingfield" bit of the name gratuitous? Java Jack's never identified with that neighborhood before (other sites online identify it as being in Southwest, or what I would put it at - East Harriet), but it's trendy to do so now with all of the other new, popular places in the area.

Guest
Guest

If the photo is an accurate representation, it looks as though I'd have to stop somewhere on my way home from Jack's just to get full. Seriously, who is the joke on with places like this?

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

I read the story and was all jacked up and thought I would probably go soon. BUT then I typed in the web address. Hmmm, no in operation. So I googled it. Yup, YOU CAN NOT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS A BUSINESS IF A "PLEASE PAY HERE" MESSAGE COMES UP ON A GENERIC DOMAIN SERVER" DEAR CITY PAGES, PLEASE DON'T WASTE OUR TIME ON HALF-ASS OPERATIONS ANYMORE...

Right
Right

West of Lyndale = not Kingfield

Mekwe
Mekwe

Their site works just fine for me.

Dickerson the Prophet
Dickerson the Prophet

is it at all possible that with their largest publicity piece going out and me calling them on not paying the website bill that they quickly did so? yup, btw, did you see the kitchen team walked out today?

 
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