Cheat Sheet: Jsix

Head downtown to check out the gorgeous redesign and new seasonal menu at this hotel restaurant
March 13, 2014
by Darlene Horn

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The Gist: After three months spent on a huge redesign and menu refresh, Jsix unveils an entirely new organic, sustainable downtown dining experience.

The Vibe: Although it’s still physically attached to the Hotel Solamar, this Jsix bears very little resemblance to its predecessor. The red bar and dark setting has been swapped for a pale blue paint job, speckled brick walls and brown wooden high chairs around the circular bar. Bird cage-like light fixtures, distressed mirrors and succulents on the tables complete a countrified yet chic look. The outside bar and deck is obviously still a major draw but now the inviting dining area is one more reason to linger at the table over a few post-dinner drinks. 

Eat This: Stick to a variety of their half-sized appetizers. Baby potato pancakes with Dungeness crab ($9), rainbow beet terrine ($6) and the restaurant’s addictive spiced fried dark meat chicken ($8; pictured) make for a filling meal.

Drink This: Two parts milkshake, one part cocktail, the High 5 With Mittens ($12), mixes white whiskey, sasparilla-vanilla syrup, heavy cream, egg whites and soda. It comes complete with a crazy straw. The New Jersey Farm ($12; apple brandy, ginger syrup, lemon, cucumber and peach bitters) is also great for those who want a stiffer sip. 

Skip This: Unless you’re specifically looking to graze, skip the nosh and nibbles portion of the menu and head directly to the starters. If you must, order the meat and cheese board because it's all made in house. 

For Fans of: Alchemy

The Tab: Upwards of $20 to $40. The High 5 With Mittens easily subs in for dessert.

The Verdict: If you’re downtown, hungry and looking to avoid the touristy restaurant scene, Jsix should be at the top of your list.

Jsix, 616 J St.; 619-531-8744

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