JTown’s Grill’s slogan is “where the locals go,” and based on the restaurant’s popularity, the slogan is correct.
The restaurant is located just off the Arkansas State University campus and has a great view of Centennial Bank Stadium, the home football field for the Red Wolves. Accordingly, JTown’s is adorned with many pieces of ASU promotional items and things that reflect the large agriculture base in northeast Arkansas. There is also patio seating.
General Manager Lisa Godsey has many years of restaurant experience and a knack for creating a diverse menu to please palates. The menu is a mix of culinary creations that include an eclectic combination of ingredients.
“We try to provide menu options that people love,” she said. “We are always trying new combinations and adjusting our menu to keep everyone happy.”
One such item is the Southern Pride Sandwich, which includes homemade pimento cheese, bacon slices, coleslaw, fire and ice pickles and a fried green tomato on Texas toast. Southern born, southern bred, amen to this sandwich. The blend of the components of this huge sandwich made me happier with each bite!
The wings are one of my favorite items, as the attention to detail is a notch above the norm. The restaurant staff smokes the wings, then fries them and coats them with your choice of dry rub or sauces, such as apple bourbon barbeque, hot sauce, garlic parmesan or sweet chili. I have tried many types of wings over the years, and these get a gold star of approval.
Another fun item is the BBQ Ranch Fries. This appetizer consists of Sidewinder fries topped with baked beans, queso dip and smoked pork that is drizzled with barbeque sauce. This is one of those dishes that gives a unique flavor with each forkful. The smoked pork is very good and the other aspects of the huge offering complement each other perfectly.
The Cobb salad is a thing of beauty. The team at JTown’s Grill starts with a bed of lettuce mix and then creates rows of chopped egg, bacon, tomato, ham, turkey, avocado, red onion, shredded cheese and blue cheese crumbles.
The hamburgers are very poplar at JTown’s Grill. I was served the Gennuso Burger, which was named after Sammie Gennuso, a long-time English professor at ASU. Gennuso died in 2015, but I’m sure he would enjoy the honor. The burger has two hand-formed beef patties, American cheese, tomato, a fried egg, bacon strips, lettuce, onion, pickles and mayonnaise between a grilled bun.
JTown’s turkey burger includes fresh-ground turkey with a blend of panko and other ingredients that are topped with pepper jack cheese, turkey bacon, avocado and Sriracha mayonnaise on a grilled bun. I could taste the freshness in the turkey, and loved the spiciness of the Sriracha mayonnaise.
I plan to try The Goobey Burger on a future visit as it sounds interesting. It’s a beef patty, peanut butter, jalapenos, pepper jelly, smoked provolone cheese and bacon on a grilled bun. It sounds different, but must be good because JTown’s Grill serves it.
For dessert, I tried the Skillet Brownie, which is cooked in a small iron skillet, topped with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces. It smelled wonderful and tasted even better.
For great food, great service and a fun atmosphere you can’t beat JTown’s Grill. Your only challenge will be that you won’t be able to try every menu item in one visit. But, there is always a return trip — or five — to reach that goal.
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