Spectator Taster: Jessie’s offers healthy lunch options

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By ,
| Category: 2013-04-25, Columns, Features, Spectator Tasters, Spotlight, Spring 2013, Top Headlines, Web Exclusive

Written by Jennifer Gleason & Amber Smith

Jennifer: Jessie’s Eats & Treats is in that same nook downtown that the Bleu Café is hidden. When you walk in, there is a narrow space between the order counter and the tables, but the space is large enough to

move around in and be served. The menu took up a few large dry erase boards and had several different options. It was almost too difficult to choose, but I went there with the intention of eating a lighter lunch and something a bit healthier than I had been during my stress eating. My only real difficult choice was choosing between wraps.

Amber: I had been in Jessie’s before, and when we walked in for this visit it looked just as homey and cozy as I remembered it. There were a few more menu options to choose from than I remembered, so I debated a good while. Like Jennifer, I was searching for a healthy lunch option.

J: The inner décor looked like something out of a catalog. There were several wall fixtures that looked like they were purchased from Hobby Lobby and despite it being lunchtime, the tiny establishment wasn’t too packed. We had enough time to waste at the counter pondering our order without holding anyone up. I ordered the Greek wrap with a side of fruit. The fruit was fresh and cool, perfect for a spring day, and the Greek wrap was crisp and satisfying. The meal and a drink cost $8, but the wrap was just the right size as was the bowl of fruit, so I truly have no complaints.

A: After trying hard to choose between a wrap and a sandwich, I decided on an Italian panini with a side of asparagus and a glass of lemonade. The meal itself was great. The tomatoes and cheese went wonderfully with the meat and the asparagus was cooked just right. The service was good, as well. The staff at Jessie’s really makes me feel like I’m eating at a friend’s table. My only complaint is on portion size.  For $8, I expected a little more than 7 stalks of asparagus and Country Time powdered lemonade. I would definitely eat at Jessie’s again, but I think I’ll opt for a soda and a different side to get the full value for my money.

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