Your post is part of what prompted me to post about the mac & cheese. I really wanted to mention it b/c people seemed to be really knocking you for your review but what you had to say is true- Jasper's mac & cheese is not mac & cheese but really a pasta dish. I know the menu explains what it is but IMO it is just terrible no matter what you consider the dish to be. Like I said it is very greasy and mushy. Mac & cheese no matter what it is made of should be creamy and Jasper’s is greasy and clumpy. I’m not trying to tell anyone not to go to Jasper’s, rather, I just want people to know some of the things that I consider to be a miss so that if they do go they can save themselves the trouble of ordering something that really wasn’t very good since Jasper's can be a little on the pricey side.
This place is soooo unimpressive. I’m not sure what all the rave reviews are about b/c Jasper’s is not Dallas/ Plano’s finest. It is at best mediocre. I was there a few days ago for lunch w/ a group and had mixed feelings about this place.
We started our lunch w/ some wine. I didn’t think the wine selection was all that impressive b/c I can pick up Penfold’s or Santa Margherita at my local Super Target. We had the Maytag chips as a starter which is supposed to be one of the must tries at Jasper’s. Hmmmm, a little soggy and very reminiscent of the greasy potato spirals that you can get at the TX State Fair only these are topped w/ blue cheese. I will give Jasper’s points for the blue cheese that they use as it had a very nice flavor to it. This item is definitely meant to be shared as it is very creamy and rich.
I had the “sink” salad which is basically a Greek salad loaded up. This was very tasty. It had a lovely feta vinaigrette and the toppings consisted of feta cheese chunks, pepperchini’s, olives, tomatoes and a couple of pita chips. The tomatoes were actually small grape tomatoes that had been sliced in half and roasted in their oven so that they had a flavor very similar to sundried tomatoes. Lettuce was a mixture of crisp romaine and baby spinach. I really liked this salad but someone else complained that they thought it was “busy.” A couple people at the table ordered the house salad which appeared to be mixed greens, Maytag blue cheese, & candied pecans. There weren’t any complaints so I take it that it was good.
I wanted to go light so I tired the almond crusted rainbow trout. Trout was very tasty but a little too buttery to make for a light meal. Nice presentation. There were three small square fillets stacked upon a mound of cauliflower puree with a very smooth and almost velvety red bell pepper sauce that had been drizzled around the cauliflower puree. I believe they used saved zucchini as the garnish on top of the trout. The ribs are supposed to be another it item but a person at the table tired them and said they were just okay. Tender but the sauce was a little too sweet was the exact comment.
Gouda Mac & Cheese-
Then we did dessert and I must say this was very disappointing. The server raved and raved about the cherry limeade pie. I’m not sure what is so special about this desert but I found it to be just so- so. First off it is a mini-pie and not a slice. It was topped with Swiss meringue and has graham cracker crust. It was also chilled and the inside is a tangy, sweet/sour cherry topping resting on dense layer of what would best be described as a key lime sherbet. I think people love the fluffy meringue/ chilled combo but the is the same as a Sonic cherry limeade so it’s nothing to be impressed by since it is three time the price.
Here is a + and - breakdown of Jasper's:
- Waitress had very little knowledge of the menu. We asked serveral questions of which she kind of seemed confused.
I give it a B-. If I didn't have to pay to dine there I might go again but I would never take someone to Jasper's as I think there are better palces to eat in Dallas.
My BF & I (my first visit) went to Hard 8 last Friday 11/14 and found it to be a good experience over all. This particular night they were having a happy hour special on the brush poppers & ribs- 1/2 off. I believe they do this every Friday until 7pm and it is dine in only.