This has to be my LUCKY week! TWO good new finds of local restaurants where the cooks know how to season food, has great service and is close to work (or home). This one is just down the way from the plant I work at. Formally Kilgore's (as well as many other names). A co-worker and I both ordered the daily special, Chicken + Broccoli Casserole (Meat & Three, and soft, fresh roll for $4.99, see photo). I was extremely hesitant as first, but thought I could, at the very least, eat the Three Veggies only. We were delighted when we tasted it. Very good! Not bland or watered down either. The Kitchen know what their are doing! The Glazed Carrots were fresh and yummy, the English Peas were sweet, not canned either, and the Fried Okra was cooked perfectly. Looks like I have a new lunch spot folks!
What a rare treat to find such an establishment in this location. The service is personable and warm and very inviting the minute you walk into the door. The menu offerings are very diverse yet if you ask your waiter for recommendations they're very spot on. Presentation is also equally impressive. Signage is a little troublesome but I understand from the owner that a new sign will be in place soon. You should check this place out.
Without a doubt, this is the BEST restaurant in New Johnsonville; and the surrounding area as well:) This place is the real deal with a menu of authentic Mexican comfort foods. We have now been three times, and look forward to returning! The Carnitas, Fajitas + Nachos are all very good, and the desserts are simply YUMMY! NO frozen items here! Everything is made fresh by a real chef, who take his craft very seriously. The food not only taste great but looks fabulous as well. It is WONDERFUL to have a full service bar, at a restaurant, in our area too (finally)!
I have been more than a half dozen times. If you are in the area and like a cocktail with your meal this is the only game in town. The owner (and cook) is arrogant and elitist. He prepares his food, his region, his way. It is NOT a "tex-mex" place. The ingredients are fresh, the portions are on the small side and the prices are higher. (I am not complaining about this, just making comment. I am amazed at how much food some Mexican places can jam onto a plate for such a low price around middle-Tn). We have always enjoyed my entrees, however, I tend to skip the starters now. The staff tries, but they really need to get proper service and drinks elsewhere to do a better job. The decor and atmosphere leave much to be desired if they are to obtain the "upscale" status they strongly desire. The sound, seating and lighting is goofy and cramped, but not in that "Hip", "we are all just glad to be hear", way. I do not need to hear the bible-thumper's narrow point of view on world affairs, nor do I need their large bottoms rubbing my plates, nor have their numerous offspring's loud and constant distractions. Every time I have been, this has been the case. I have been at 25% occupancy, and they sit me right next to these folks and I have been at 75%. I only go on slow nights and sit at the bar now, not my first choice, but better neighbors. Again, it is the only game in town. We will return.