crop bistro: flying the friendly skies

In this month’s Continental in-flight magazine is a nice feature on Chef Steve Schimoler and his wonderful Crop Bistro.

I was also surprised to scroll down and see a mention for Julep, a somewhat trendy southern restaurant in Jackson, Miss. Last month I found myself for the first time in Mississippi for work, specifically in Jackson. Julep was recommended to us so of course we headed there for dinner.

At first I was taken back by all the smokers inside – very weird to see people still smoking indoors. But smoke aside, I will say it was a pretty good restaurant and easily the best fried green tomatoes (layered with crab meat and goat cheese) I have ever had. Also worthy of a mention were the crawfish eggrolls. My coworker, Jimmy, who I often write about on this blog, actually had the fried chicken mentioned and still raves about it.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    we hit up crop about 5-6 weeks ago on a sunday for their sunday meal and had a great time. the salad had a couple different lettuces, artichokes, carrots, and some beets, we ordered the cinnamon pasta with shrimp, leeks, peppers with a coconut/curry sauce and had some great dessert. I would love to go back.

    Matt

  2. rockandroller
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I really want them to succeed but IMO they continue to have some big problems. I recently took a small group of co-workers there for lunch and it took nearly 2 hours for us to get in and out. And I went a couple of weeks prior with 2 other colleagues to celebrate a special occasion (also at lunch) and it took them over 20 minutes to serve our drinks (seemed like they didn’t know what they were doing as there was no bartender). Some of the food is out of this world good and sometimes there’s something really wrong with it – on my last visit I got a special cuban sandwich which was served with a grain mustard so spicy I couldn’t eat the sandwich, and I am no wuss when it comes to spice. Same mustard was on my colleague’s burger and she tried her best to scrape it off, it was just inedible.

    I also think their prices for dinner are just too expensive for Cleveland. They have priced themselves into what I consider the “special occasion” category for dinner which means I won’t visit for din except for once or twice a year. I am all about supporting locals, especially ones who try hard to source ingredients locally, but dinner for 2 with no apps, no desserts, one entree each and one of the lowest priced glasses of wine apiece just can’t run me $77 before tip, that’s just not something I can do very often.

  3. Jackie
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I’m continually surprised with the good reviews this restaurant is receiving this year. I was there in Februrary and the only thing I was impressed with was the decor. Granted, it was a Saturday night (and we had no reservations), but we were there for well over 3 hours for a 2 course meal due to slow service. During that time, our server forgot to bring 2 of 5 rounds of drinks.
    Our table of four shared tastes of the eight different items we chose to order and I would describe the food as an off key blend of southern fried grits and french influences. If I’m going to eat that much fat, it better be worth it!
    And despite the “local” reputation the brand attempts to create, our server could not name one local item on the menu, other than Great Lakes Goat Cheese.
    Still, I’m sure this place will continue to enjoy busy weekends, especially with it’s great location and so-called “local food” initiatives.

  4. Allison M.
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve been wanting to try Crop but the pricing is holding me back. On my budget, I’m not sure I can justify spending $28 on an entree when I can go to Bar Cento or Lolita and only spend $16 on an entree.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    We have been there 8 times since January and with one exception (balsamic popcorn)the food has been great. Service is relaxed but right on the money. Silverware is replaced with each course and glasses(water and vino) are always filled.
    Our favorite night is Sunday night and at a bargain price. 3 courses @$25.00/ person.
    Salad is served family style. Our last salad had 5 different lettuces, red and yellow beets, artichokes, apricots, goat cheese, gorgonzola cheese, red peppers and nuts.
    You choose your entree which usually is a choice of 6.
    Dessert is generally a cobbler, cheese cake or something similar.
    You can not go to a lets say “Cheesecake factory” or similar for this price. Portions are more than generous.
    I wish more restaurants would be as good as them and consistant. Never been there for lunch so I can’t comment, but at looking at the menu it is very different than the night menu.
    The staff appears to love what they are doing and it shows.

  6. Dine O Mite
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I went there during Restaraunt Week and I have to say that I walked away with a mixed review. I didn’t have any issues with slow service or spicy mustard. I had to try to the balsamic popcorn (which did suck), but when I walked out I’d have to say it was a hung jury. I’m always willing to try a place twice unless there’s something that really pisses me off about my first visit.