Jonathan's is now closed
I get so giddy whenever I pass by the High St. block (just South of the court house), I want to shout from the Elsinore's rooftop. It's proof of what can happen when people take a risk and leap at an opportunity--and do it well.
What a great response to my request for date night ideas! Since we were already downtown to check-out the Gilgamesh Brewery festivities at Venti's, we decided to follow the tip from an email suggesting we give Jonathan's a try. N and I have talked about it several times, but we wanted to give them plenty of time to get their act together.
We left our mild Spring evening stroll and pushed open Jonathan's door sometime around 7:30 PM. The hostess, just like every member of the crew, greeted us warmly and led us to a booth. N mentioned how impressed he was with their sound system as we listened to the quality of the classical guitar solo. The dining room interior has a warm, comfortable, yet formal feeling. A nice touch we noticed was the mini-mag light hanging on a wall hook in our booth to help read the menu in the romantic lighting.
N chose a bottle of Big Fire, Pinot Gris for $15 from the wine specials menu. Our waiter, Dave, said they were in the process of clearing out their wine shelves for new arrivals. I could taste a hint of pear in my glass of chilled, clean, crisp wine. Nice choice, N! After listening to the description of that day's special, I no longer wanted the same entree as N. The special was a Panko covered fillet of salmon, topped with thin slices of sweet, toasted pecans, nestled on fluffy garlic mashers with sautéed green beans, onion and red pepper slivers. N's entrée was broiled halibut--stuffed with Dungeness crab and wrapped in bacon, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
As we enjoyed our bread and salads, the tables around us began to fill with late diners--from the Elsinore Theater, perhaps? After a short wait, our plates arrived--no rushed or neglected feeling. Just right, as it should be. The Panko coating added a crunchy texture to the moist, flaky, salmon fillet. The toasted pecans were a wonderful compliment, as well as the roasted garlic mashed potatoes. The side of young, green beans was flavorful with a slight crunch.
After the two of us had finished lingering and savoring this special meal, Dave asked if we were interested in sharing a dessert. When he described the Hula Pie's attributes, it piqued my interest. "You've got to be kidding!", is what popped out of my mouth at the sight of our share of Hula Pie. It was enormous, big enough to share with 4-5 friends. We enjoyed as much as was sensible of the ice creamy goodness and cookie crust and then dropped our spoons to prevent total obliteration.
Remember that mild Spring evening stroll that brought us to Jonathan's? It had been replaced by a cloud burst. Where did we park?? We laughed and puddle jumped all the way back to Court and Front, and then bid good-bye to another date night.
Just received this in an email from owner Casey: "Not sure if you get the Statesman Journal, but this Sunday we had an insert in the newspaper along with Allessandro's, Caruso's and Morton's. Tonight and until May 7th each of our restaurants are offering dinner for two for $39.00. Our menu for the special is:
One Oyster Shooter for each guest.
Choice of soup or salad for each guest.
Choice of our 8 oz Certified Angus Top Sirloin steak or Wild Salmon for each guest.
Our Homemade Marion Berry Cobbler with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream to share.
All for $39.00. A savings of about $10.00 off our regular price."