I normally don’t order martinis as my drink of choice, but the drink menu at J. Alexander’s looked too good to pass up. The menu listed the prices of the drinks, which I really appreciate, because I feel embarrassed asking how much each drink on the menu costs. There’s nothing worse than having a good drink, then getting the bill and realizing that delicious specialty just cost you $14.
We sat down to dinner, and after seeing the list of specialty martinis at $9 each, I figured I’d go for one since the waiter (very chipper, Patrick) insisted I’d love it. I’m glad he insisted because my Orangy FruFru Martini (not the official name) was not only good, it came with a “sidecar” mini carafe of the excess mixed drink, chilling in its own ice water. For my $9, I got essentially a 2-for-1, and at a place like J. Alexander’s, that’s a great deal.
The menu was overwhelming with good-looking dinner options, and being the seafood lover that I am, I decided to try the Fish Sandwich. This was a daring move for me considering I was raised in the #1 Fishing Village in all of the Florida, and I know good fresh fish. At this point of the article, I’d like for any of you who live or have been to the Destin, Florida, area to please cover your ears.
J. Alexander’s has the best fish sandwich I’ve ever eaten.
I know. Them’s fighting words, but it’s 100% true. The large piece of fresh Haddock was lightly breaded and on a hearty bun, dressed with lettuce, pickles and special seafood sauce. With the sandwich was a handful skinny-cut french fries, and normally I’m not a fan of skinny-cut fries, but dipped in their honey mustard? I think I ate them all.
Don’t leave without trying the warm Carrot Cake. Warm. Gooey. Icing. To die for.
J. Alexander’s has several locations around the U.S., and at the location in Dr. Phillips in Orlando has a great covered outdoor patio with tables, chairs, and sofa for after-dinner drinks.