Barbara Jeans Restaurant – Ponte Vedra

My BFF & I agree: The best things at Barbara Jean’s Restaurant aren’t all on the menu… Case in point: bendy straws.

Best thing at Barbara Jeans? BENDY STRAWS!!!

Lynda & I eeked out dinner plans last minute… and we arrived just in time.  We only waited about 5 minutes but the line grew even as we were seated!

protip: You can try calling ahead, but Barbara Jean’s policy is 1st come, 1st served.  Get there early and ask for a table on the deck or an indoor w/view of the intracoastal!

Barbara Jean’s Restaurant isn’t fancy, in fact the commercial carpet is threadbare, but it’s a destination kind of place anyway.  Folks walking up were as varied as the cars in the lot- no Maseratis, though.  The rough, unpaved parking lot discourages those.  Although our table didn’t overlook the water this time, “people watching” was a fabulous way to pass the time when we weren’t chit-chatting or enjoying our down-home southern meal.

BJ's Blue Salad w/romaine instead of iceberg. Nothing fancy, but the salad was fresh & plentiful.

I’d spent the day celebrating little Clara’s 3rd Birthday in St. Augustine including a huge lunch at Cafe Alcazar, so I opted for a light “Veggie Plate” dinner.  You can choose from 5 veggie sides or 3 sides + a salad.  I chose BJs “Blue” Salad- blue cheese, romaine and iceberg lettuce, mandarin oranges, pecans, red bell peppers with a honey-basil vinaigrette.  It was a generous side salad but light on the blue cheese.

Lynda loves Barbara Jean’s bread basket- they bring Pumpkin Bread, a yeast roll & Sweet Jalapeno Corn Bread- so she didn’t order a salad.  Some places you go to eat healthy.  Some places you just go for comfort.  Barbara Jean’s is a comfort food restaurant for sure!

With sides varying from Hans Ambrosia Salad to starches like Red Beans & Rice, Mashed Potatoes, and Carolina Red Rice {what in the world IS Carolina Red Rice?} to Stewed Tomatoes and Spinach it was hard to pick just 3!!!  I went with Squash Casserole, White Cheddar Grits & Cooked Cabbage.  

The cabbage was the best, hands-down.  It was exactly how my GeGe makes hers!  Salty, smoky & perfectly tender… I saved it for last.  The grits were good once I added salt & red pepper flakes which the waitress was so kind to bring from the kitchen.  Squash Casserole… let’s just say there are some things NO ONE can make better than my GeGe.  Squash Casserole is one. It was unfair to Barbara Jean’s to even order it.  I’ll never make that mistake again.  {Seriously… who in their right mind makes squash casserole without Ritz crackers on top!?!}

Lynda ordered the Pot Roast with a side of Squash Casserole and I will definitely be ordering that entree next time!!  It was so tender & just like our Sunday roasts growing up.  You know your friend rocks when she shares her delish entree!

Yes, we did save room for dessert.  Like the bendy straws, this dessert set Barbara Jean’s apart.

People, meet “Chocolate Stuff“.  They called it Chocolate Cobbler at one time but changed the name.  It’s kind of like lava-cake-meets-brownie.  Thick, gooey & chocolatey, it was delish.  Honestly, it was a hard choice because they also offered fresh peach cobbler.  Yum!  We shared it & I’m so glad we did.  All of Barbara Jean’s desserts are homemade- the Key Lime Tart sounded good, too.

We slipped outside for a view of the intracoastal before we left… yeah, I’ll sit out there next time.  This vista is yet another thing that is not on the menu but makes Barbara Jean’s Restaurant a perfect down-home dinner choice.

Barbara Jean’s RestaurantPonte Vedra
15 South Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
(904) 280-7522
Open 7 days from 11 am – 9pm.
They add breakfast hours on weekends 8 am – 11am.  Y’all enjoy!

Comments

  1. Their Pumpkin Bread and Chocolate Stuff are worth the drive for sure! Crab cakes are awesome as is the crab soup.

  2. We are open 7 days a week 11am -9pm. Breakfast on weekends 8am – 11am. Glad to see you enjoyed your visit.

  3. I just double checked the website to make sure it is correct and it is. I wanted to let you know that we are open 7 days a week (not closed on Monday’s) from 11:00am-9:00pm each day and serve breakfast on Saturday & Sunday from 8:00am-11:00am. Thank you for all of the nice comments and please introduce yourself the next time that you visit. Thanks.

  4. Stopped by Saturday and ordered the cod, I shared my husbands portion and it was more than adequate…Just want to tell you it was the best cod I have had either side of the pond and that’s and under statement. Perfectly cooked in everyway and so delicious!…thank you so much.

    Kate

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