To function properly, the human body requires a steady stream of nutrients, sunlight, and compliments from other species about its opposable thumbs. Use your bendable digits to provide yourself with nutrients with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Southern fare at Jean Albert's Soul Food on Somerset Street West.
A sojourn to Jean Albert's Soul Food satisfies cravings for butter-slathered, crispy-crusted southern fare. Stop in for breakfast with a neglected alarm clock and sample such dishes as the chicken and waffles ($7.99), two pieces of southern-fried chicken elegantly perched atop a large fluffy batter grid. For lunch, start out with a pound of sweet potato chips ($5.99), sliced thin and deep-fried with a delicate dusting of cinnamon sugar, before diving deep into a plate of catfish ($9.49), coated in crispy homemade batter and garnished with lemon. Dinner, meanwhile, weighs down a buoyant belly with such hearty offerings as the battered pork chop ($13.99) and a slice of sweet potato pie ($4.99), diminishing the risk of being swept up by errant hot air balloons.
- This is homey food, rich food, imbued more with culinary charm rather than distinction. American southern food is based on ingredients at hand, on the land, in the waters, designed for those working hard in the fields under a baking sun. And mostly, at Jean Albert’s (named for the Waldens’ grandmothers) it’s pretty tasty stuff. – Anne Desbrisay, Ottawa Citizen
- The pulled pork sandwich is excellent, love the mac and cheese and candied yams. If you are feeling seriously hungry try the fries smothered in pulled pork. – Jason H., Yelp, 11/4/10
Jean Albert's American Style Soul Food
At Jean Albert’s American Style Soul Food, the sauce makes the meal. Which is why the chefs don’t just lay their housemade hot sauces and six styles of barbecue sauce on the side—they offer to bake it right in. From the sweet-and-tangy berry-rum barbecue sauce to those infused with tequila or whisky, the condiments add extra oomph to the fried catfish, classic pulled-pork sandwiches, and chicken-and-biscuit dishes that serve as staples of soulful fare everywhere. Served with a slice of sweet-water cornbread and a choice of traditional sides, the hefty portions evoke an air of Kentucky living without requiring the purchase of your own tobacco farm. Meals culminate with classic desserts such as sweet-potato pie, peach cobbler, and layered banana pudding.