Raving about the home-cooked goodness of the new menu at Barbara Jean’s

By Pamela Brownstein
Lunch Bunch was positively thrilled with the plethora of new options presented at Barbara Jean’s Restaurant on Lady’s Island.
Our friendly server started by showing us the new cocktail menu. They all sounded so good, she

Dirty rice with grilled chicken.

brought one of each for us to share. The drinks were unique and expertly made; between the Lady’s Island Punch, the Sweet Tea vodka with peach schnapps, the Key Lime martini with a graham cracker crust along the rim of the glass, it was hard to decide because they were all excellent. But the Blackberry Margarita surprised us all and was declared a must-have, if you are in the mood for a drink with lunch or dinner or for happy hour.
For the main course, we were able to sample and share so many delightful dishes. My favorite was the She Crab Soup: big chunks of crab and warm with a kick, perfect for this cooler weather.
Nikki really liked the pot roast baked potato while Kim enjoyed a

She Crab Soup with half turkey sandwich.

loaded burger topped with bacon, cheese, onions and mushrooms. Buck also favored the potato soup served with half of a turkey sandwich.
We were also pleased to dine with the newest member of the Lunch Bunch, Peggy McLenagan, who specializes in sales and advertising. Since her husband is a chef, Peggy knows a lot about good food, and she said the dirty rice with grilled chicken was her favorite dish.

Pecan chicken salad.

Healthy Elizabeth loved the salad topped with pecan-encrusted chicken, as well as the side of cheesy grits.
After trying so many delicious entrees, it was hard to find room for dessert, but we were all glad we did because they were incredible. The Key Lime Tart was good, but the standout was the Chocolate Stuff. Once I had a bite of the warm, chocolatey goodness, I didn’t want to share, but I did, and

Key Lime Tart dessert.

everyone agreed it was heavenly.
Although Barbara Jean’s is featuring new items, they still serve their classics including the popular crab cakes and chicken fried chicken.
This restaurant is one of my family’s favorite. Every time I eat here I have an enjoyable experience, and this time was no exception; I highly recommend it.
Barbara Jean’s is located at 47 Ferry Road, on Lady’s Island, Beaufort, and open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 843-524-2400 or visit www.barbarajeans.com.

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