Johnny Reb’s has been offering Southern hospitality at 2940 E. Chapman since 1984. I have lived in this area a good deal longer than that, but must confess that I had never been inside the door until recently. I can’t believe what I’ve missed all these years! Anyone who came from, or lived in the South will have a mild sense of déjà vu when greeted by friendly staff and invited to “set a spell.”
The dinner menu is full of southern eats: start with some fried pickles, Boudin balls, jalapeno hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes or perhaps a sausage sampler. Entrees include favorites such as jambalaya, creole shrimp and blackened catfish over Cheddar grits, and there’s barbequed chicken, ribs, sausage, turkey, pulled pork and tri-tip. In true southern style, there’s a whole lot of smokin’ going on in the kitchen.
The food is delicious. On our last visit, Frank had ribs – tender, meaty and sauced just right. I couldn’t resist burnt ends of brisket, which was absolutely marvelous – lean, tender, sauced with brown sugar and whiskey, and served over hot pepper cheese grits. I could not finish the whole plate, but was delighted to eat the same thing again the next day. All main dishes are served with a home-baked biscuit, cornbread or hushpuppies and two “fixin’s.” Prices are from $8 (appetizers) to $30.
The salad menu lists meal-sized varieties such as bourbon-glazed salmon, catfish Caesar, smoked chicken and smoked turkey cobb. All greens are locally sourced, and include baby spinach, romaine, iceberg and shredded cabbage. This section of the menu ranges from $12.50 - $16.50.
If you have a huge appetite, a Roadside Feast is offered for two. If you’re hosting two Sumo wrestlers, or professional football players, or maybe just teenage boys, this could be your deal. It includes baby back ribs, tri-tip, barbecued chicken, hot links, catfish, a whole lot of sides, and a hearty helping of peach cobbler! I’m sure four more normal appetites could share this bounty. It’s $61.
Johnny Reb’s opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast, when you can indulge in chicken and waffles, flapjacks, and a selection of omelets. Breakfast is served until noon, and plate prices are $8.50 - $10.
A house specialty is the $10 lunch. Hearty sandwiches such as pulled chicken or pork, hot links and beef barbecue could set you up for an energetic afternoon - or maybe a nap! Or you can choose hot chicken served with fries and pickles, country-fried steak and barbecue bowls. These are ‘build-your-own variety’ and offer five different selections for the diner to create a dish to his own liking.
Johnny Reb’s offers take out and delivery. Call (714) 633-3369. They are open til 9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and Sun., and until 10 p.m. on Fri. and Sat.
Y’all enjoy – and remember to tell them the Sentry sent you!