JB’s keeps its promise of bites, beers and ball games

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By Mary Cordonnier

Are you looking for a relaxed and fun place to relax with friends or a place to treat the team after a game? Check out JB at 566 Ritchie Highway. The neighborhood’s highly anticipated newbie, JB’s is a classic sports bar and restaurant with a modern vibe. Open and airy with colorful patterns and around 30 TVs, it has pizazz.

My partner and I were delighted to see the Severna Park school sports logos and local and national sports team banners throughout the restaurant.

Our young waiter was fantastic. Nate was friendly and helpful, and quick to offer suggestions.

We started off with one of Nate’s “absolute favorites”: cheesesteak spring rolls. Excellent starter to share, the four buns were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, filled with a mixture of beef and cheese, and served with queso blanco. The ingredients mixed well for a tasty bite. It was comfort food to the max, especially when it was topped with the queso. Our only “beef” on the beef was a bit of cartilage.

My partner chose pulled pork on a brioche bun, served with coleslaw and macaroni and cheese, for her starter. I chose the fish and chips with coleslaw and fries.

Nate alerted us that the coleslaw was not the usual mayonnaise variety but had a vinegar base, and we agreed to try it. After all, we all need adventure from time to time!

Our food arrived promptly and Nate and the other wait staff were attentive to our needs.

Pulled pork was the star, with the perfect balance of sweetness and flavor. Add the spicy coleslaw to it and it was a hit. The roll was fresh and the accompaniment perfect.

My fish and chips were served piping hot, always a plus! Crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside, the haddock was tender and flavorful. The dough was heavily seasoned but not hot spicy. I didn’t like the dough, but it’s definitely a matter of taste. I enjoyed the fish under the batter. My husband, who had most of the dish in leftover form, loved it and said the seasoning was unique and tasty.

The fries weren’t too salty which we appreciated. The coleslaw was a good choice. It was tangy, not too sweet, and perfectly crunchy and tender. The macaroni and cheese tasted like a slightly modified version of the boxed variety, but not bad.

We ended the meal with a lava cake served with vanilla ice cream. The spoon was refrigerated. It made us smile. It’s the little things that count, right? While Nate said JB’s doesn’t make their desserts in-house, they buy the right things. The chocolate was hot and decadent with the middle melted. The combination of the hot cake and the frozen vanilla ice cream made us make “ooh” noises.

We brought home more food for later, including an ‘all American’ bacon burger and another pulled pork sandwich. I, of course, tasted the burger. The large patty was topped with crispy, not soft bacon (large), a generous amount of American cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Bacon, of course, enhances any burger. It was juicy, tender, beefy. In my husband’s words, “This is a really good burger!”

On our way out, we noticed a room with four or five arcade games. Children and the not-so-young will have fun hanging out there, maybe while waiting for a table (we didn’t wait, but we went in the afternoon).

The large bar offers a variety of choices. My mate tasted an orange mash and said it was sweet and a little tart in a good way and said it seemed to taste even better the more she drank. Go figure it out.

The total was $ 83.99. The portions were a good size and the service couldn’t be beat.

Plan a visit soon to experience this new Severna Park restaurant.


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