We celebrated our anniversary recently at the new place in downtown Texarkana, Jackie OHS. Unlike that other famous Jackie O, the last name here stands for Oysters, Hamburgers, and Steak. I had been hearing all sorts of good things about the place, so I was excited to finally try some of their specialties.
We got there just before the Friday night crowd started in. We decided to order two appetizers, oysters on the half shell and bruschetta. In my excitement to see Boo try her first raw oyster, I forgot to get before pictures. Here is the aftermath.
We also got a little eager on the bruschetta and were grabbing it off the plate right away. The pictures do not in any way do justice to the food. As soon as you tasted the tomatoes you could immediately tell how fresh they were, and the cheese was perfectly melted over the tomatoes and fresh bread.
Everything at Jackie OHS is made to order, even their dinner salads which Boo said was the best she had ever had. A lot of restaurants just sort of churn out mass salads and you really can’t make any special requests, but they made hers just as she ordered with lots of cheese and a house dressing that is actually made IN HOUSE.
The main course came out just as we were finishing our appetizers. Rod ordered the surf and turf. He had his choice of steaks and either crab legs or shrimp. He chose crab legs, again so Boo could have a taste. (I find it funny that at the beach this summer we ate no seafood. Everywhere smelled so fishy to me I couldn’t stand it)
I got a hamburger and the wasteland chips. These are the leavins’ of a the homemade french fries they make. I felt like I was doing a good deed for the environment while also having a delicious treat. They came with a dipping sauce that was addictive. The hamburger patty? It wasn’t in a perfect circle which to me indicates that instead of flopping a pre-made frozen number on the grill, they actually take real fresh ground beef and make the patty. This of course is always a better, tastier, juicier choice.
Next was dessert. We had been set on bread pudding and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Rod said it was right up there with the best bread puddings he has ever had. He said the fresh cream enhanced the flavor. He is seriously the pickiest eater ever, so if he says wow this good, that really translates into go buy some now.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that has a fast paced, mass produced feel, Jackie OHS is not your place. However, if you want some delicious food, in a relaxed atmosphere where you can soak up the ambiance and have some conversation, then make it a must do on your restaurant to do list. The owners of this restaurant actually come around greet the tables and make sure that everybody is enjoying their food, and their whole entire restaurant experience. It felt like the kind of restaurants we used to go to when we wanted to enjoy a special night out. Not that every chain restaurant is evil, but sometimes they have the feeling that they want you to speed eat so they can have a fast turn over. Jackie OHS wants you to enjoy everything about their place, at your own pace. Great food, home made desserts, good prices, and fantastic atmosphere make for a winning combination that you definitely need to try.
I feel like my pictures were did not do justice to the food, so take a look at their website. They also have a facebook page!