Does it seem like there's an East/West divide here in Fort Worth? How many of you go to the East Side of the Fort regularly? How many of you go to the East Side only when you're headed to the Whole Foods in arlington or to buy Affliction t's in dallas? Exactly. Well mom, and my two other readers, I'm here to tell you that the divide shall be broken by this review. After you finish reading this, walls will come down, trips will be made, and pants will no longer fit.
D. Jay's Kountry Grill, formerly D. Jay's Kountry Kitchen (on John T. White) is now open at 1023 Woodhaven, just north of I-30. The restaurant takes up a good amount of space in its strip center, and once you see the menu you'll understand why. D. Jay is the lady on the right in the picture below and she is one of the friendliest restaurateurs in the City. If you want to feel like you're eating in somebody's home go visit her.
The restaurant is a mix of soul food and classic Americana dishes with entrees ranging from fried chicken, to meatloaf, cornish game hens, pork chops and probably an ox tail every so often. D. Jay also provides a daily list of sides that would swamp most kitchens. And, she serves the second best banana pudding I've had in my entire life. But more on that later.
The lunch plate comes with your choice of entree and three sides. That's right - three sides. At the beginning of the line are two chalkboards listing the days choices. I may be exaggerating, but I think there are close to sixty options. Granted, I can't count.
When it comes to ordering, I have deduced that there are only two options: do you get the items you see in front of you on the cafeteria style line, or the items you don't see in front of you. Intrigued? You should be. Some of the items, both entrees and sides, are made fresh or are back in the kitchen. With many of the fried entrees, other than fried chicken, the chef will fresh fry your order if you don't see it out front. My two trips included a fried catfish entree and a chicken fried chicken. Both came out fresh and piping hot. But that brings up a point you've all been wondering about. Why do we have a chicken fried chicken when we already have fried chicken fried like chicken? Wouldn't the name Chicken Fried Steak Fried Chicken be more appropriate? It really makes as little sense as these last few sentences.
And D. Jay has a good one. There are 'nilla wafers - when did you last eat one of those - and chunks of banana in a sweet creamy pudding concoction. I've only had one version that was better but the lady who makes that isn't going into the restaurant business anytime soon. So - begint the fanfare music - this is the best commercially available banana pudding I've ever had. D. Jay, if you want a Texas Monthly style award to hang in the restaurant, please send in $25 and a frame to the FWHITW World Headquarters. And a sheet of paper for me to use in my printer.
I think word is still getting out that D. Jay's Kountry Grill is open so this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Show your friends how hip you are by opening their eyes to a new place on the East Side. The people working there are friendly and you're not going to leave hungry.
D. Jay's Kountry Grill is located at 1023 Woodhaven. Give them a try and let me know what you think.