Ever since I saw this Johnny Jackson feature from TheGridTO, I have planned and schemed to swing by this late night joint. I thought it was a novel idea for a late night snack back to keep it simple by creating boxed comfort foods. Taking away the difficulty of a balancing act of holding on to doggie bags when one’s hungover was a stroke of genius. Pricing each box at $10 each was like icing on the cake. The only problem was that I don’t really go out drinking as much as I used to. Despite that, I still wanted to try the food. Only way to be there was to swing by on a Thursday, Friday or a Saturday as this was only the days when Johnny Jackson was open. So when my friend Jojo called for an impromptu dinner on a Friday, I knew where to bring him.
We walked in the bar when they just opened as 6pm. It was devoid of the crowd that was said to fill the place to brim close to midnight. I had the leisure of doing my photography without dodging people and have a good conversation with my friends Jojo and Bruce as we waited for our food. I must say, I half-regretted not coming on a prime hour as it must be interesting to see the vibe of Johnny Jackson when people packed it up to the hilt. I waited for Jojo and Bruce to order first as I wanted something different from what they wanted. From the looks of the boxes on that image, I say that Johnny Jackson’s was quite generous. Hearing Jojo opting for The Jake N’Elmwood (Pulled Pork with Mashed Potatoes) and Bruce chose the The Spicoli (Veggie Burger and Fries), I went for what intrigued me the most of their 10 custom boxed offerings: The JLK (Spicy Mac and Cheese with bacon and Garlic toasts).
When the food arrived, I made my rounds of picture-taking. I was sure happy that I was with two friends as I get to try their food too. Before I could even get to my own food, I already stole a fry from Bruce and a forkful of pulled pork from Jojo. Don’t I work fast eh? My own Mac&Cheese was not your microwave kind as it finished with a kick of heat towards the end. It was a good swish of heat without burning, just the way I like it. Towards the end of the meal, I was consistently picking up the small bits from Bruce’s fries. I loved it that it was crunchy and moist at the same time.
So now I can tick off this place from my very long list of must-try. If you ever find yourself a need for sustenance of a late-night-weekend, this place would surely pacify. :)