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May 20, 2009 > Restaurant Review: Jack's Brewing Company

Restaurant Review: Jack's Brewing Company

By J.D. Wolfe

After a long day of doing nothing I felt it was time to reward myself for job well done. Many people have been reminding me to check out Jack's Brewing Company at the Fremont Hub.

The irony is that I used to live near this great place years ago and loved going there. So off I went. Jack's has its own brewery on the premises and if you like fresh beer, this is a "must" place to eat. It is locally owned by a brother and sister, Kurt Steadman and Krissy Wallace who both really "get it"! They created a fun place to dine - good food, fair prices, and a comfortable atmosphere.

Wallace used to work at the brew pub on Stevenson Boulevard, where many of us locals hung out many years ago. It's long gone - another victim of real estate development. When that pub closed, Wallace and her brother seized the opportunity and opened Jack's Brewing Company. They even brought with them the cook who worked at the place on Stevenson.

When you walk into Jack's you immediately see the mini-brewery sealed off in its own glass-walled room. The main dining area is divided into tables for four and rows of booths. There is a bar with adequate seating facing a wall of televisions so you can watch a multitude of sports channels. The restrooms are off to the side down a hall, and the men's restroom was very clean.

After I finished my meal, I got a chance to visit the kitchen and it was well set up and clean. It seems that the better restaurants are focusing more and more on cleanliness in the food and restroom areas.

When I walked in, it was just before 5 p.m. I was greeted and immediately seated and given a menu. This is a great menu with enough variety to surprise you. To maximize its variety, I ordered the Cobb salad with a calamari appetizer. Instead of garlic french fries or beer-battered onion rings, I ordered a simple cheese quesadilla. I happen to like tartar sauce and bleu cheese dressing. When I mentioned this to the waitress, she smiled and said I made good choices. She was right.

Anything fried is only as good as the oil in which it is fried. Given the volume of food they must go through, this is important. The calamari was excellent.

I highly recommend the Cobb salad. It is chopped the way it is supposed to be and all the ingredients are present and accounted for, mixed into the salad. This salad is simply delicious with bleu cheese dressing.

If you like quesadillas, Jack's fills the bill just fine. It was very tasty and I like how it was lightly grilled to give it just enough crispness. I feel bad that I was so full I did not get a chance to order dessert; I think I missed out. I love good bread pudding, and they had it on the menu. I may have to stop there again and order it to go.

I think what I enjoyed most is the openness of the place. As the sun was going down, the blinds were all open to let the remaining light fill the room, and it did just that.

If you enjoy a restaurant where you can bring the family (yes, I know beer is served) Jack's Brewing Company fills the bill.

Jack's Brewing Company is definitely the happening scene for anyone who loves sports - nirvana if you are a sports addict.

Jack's Brewing Company
39176 Argonaut Way
(HUB shopping Center)
(510) 796-2036

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