J. Christopher’s not what it used to be

April 11, 2014 

You might forget that J. Christopher’s is over here off Bass Road in Macon, but if you’re ever craving brunch on any day of the week, J. Christopher’s is ready to serve you.

We stuck with breakfast-type items rather than going for the hamburger/salad items, which tend to be more expensive and not what they are really known for. We had five in our group, which may have impacted the timing of bringing out our food at its prime.

The Just Bubba was our best dish, with buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy and cheddar scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes or grits. The biscuits were fluffy, the gravy was creamy, the eggs were not too wet and not too dry, and the dish was a good deal at $8.59. The latte was pretty good -- if a little tepid -- for $2.99.

Our other items did not fair as well. The strawberry crepes for $7.29 were rather rubbery and eggy, with whipped cream that was more of a milky foam. The strawberries were not at their prime and, though the majority of the crepes were overly sweet, there was a vague savory taste in one spot that we couldn’t quite place.

The Billy Goat omelette with spinach, baby bella mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese had all the elements of a great combination, but the texture of the omelette was too dry. The cheese grits that accompanied the dish were fine, but the best part of this meal was the biscuit. For $9.59, it was also just OK.

The strawberry Belgian waffle was pretty good, even though it seemed a bit pricey for $7.99. The cinnamon roll was a better deal for $3.29, and the breakfast parfait with low-fat vanilla yogurt, granola and blueberries was not bad for $5.79. Each of these items were rather ordinary for a place that focuses mainly on breakfast items.

If this breakfast for five had not cost $70, we would have tried the blueberry crunch cakes, a stack of blueberry pancakes containing granola for $7.89, and the Route 66 skillet, consisting of corned beef hash, oven-roasted potatoes, with two sunny-side-up eggs and a biscuit for $9.29.

If you decide to try the lunch items, you can choose between salads, sandwiches, quesadillas or burgers, each for about $9. A fun choice for kids would be the dinosaur eggs, bacon with pancakes or French toast, for $5.79.

Our overall impression was that, while it was at least average, J. Christopher’s is not the same quality that it once was. I seem to remember larger servings, better quality ingredients and more consistency in the cooking of it. If you’re going to close at 2 p.m., you’re obviously focusing on brunch. If this is the case, these breakfast items need to really shine.

J. Christopher’s

Address: 220 Starcadia Circle, Macon

Phone: 478-476-0220

Website: www.jchristophers.com

Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: No

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Low

Health Rating: 91

Price range: $5.29-$12.49

Rating: 2.5 stars

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