Barbara Jean’s is Still a Local Favorite

Spotted by the Lunch Bunch: Dave D’Amore was celebrating with colleagues at his Retirement Party at Barbara Jean’s. D’Amore retired as a civilian marine in Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs with USMC after 35 years and 9 months. Congratulations Dave!

By Wendy Pollitzer

July 29, 2010

imagesThe Lunch Bunch visited a local favorite, Barbara Jean’s on Lady’s Island this week.  Owned by Jim and Barbara Jean Barta, the restaurant specializes in seafood and home-style, made-from-scratch dishes. And we all agreed, there’s nothing better in Carolina than good ole’ southern cooking!

The restaurant started on St. Simons Island, GA and now has expanded to 6 locations in the southeast.  The northernmost spot is in Mt. Pleasant, and the other five trickle down the coast to Amelia Island, Ponte Vedra Beach and Palm Coast, FL with the original still located on St. Simons.

The Beaufort location is where we dined, of course. And boy, was it good! We started with an amazing starter of dirty rice and the infamous ‘Eastern Shore’ crab cakes for the table. Now, the crab cake was certainly good; but the dirty rice was incredible! It had sausage, chicken, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes mixed in with rice. You can get it as a side or as an appetizer complete with spoons for everyone at the table. It was delicious, and by far the favorite item of the day!

The healthy Harding girls chose salads for their entrees. Elizabeth got ‘BJ’s’ Blue Salad, complete with blue cheese, romaine and iceberg lettuce, mandarin oranges, pecans, red bell peppers, honey-basil vinaigrette, and topped with grilled chicken and crumbled bacon. Kim ordered the Salado, mixed salad greens with tortilla strips, tossed in a basil vinaigrette dressing. The sisters love Barbara Jean’s salads. Says Elizabeth, “They’re so good and delicious!”

April ordered the BLT with a side of broccoli rice casserole, which was “very yummy” according to Mrs. Ackerman.

Christina and I both went for it this week, ordering the most caloric items on the menu. But, man were they good! She got the Chicken Fried Chicken with squash casserole and carrots, and I got the Chicken Fried Steak with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. Needless to say, we were stuffed!

The dessert loving April also asked for a slice of Key Lime Pie for the 5 of us to share. She insists, “It’s the best in town!” And after trying it, we all concurred. It was the perfect combination of bittersweet!

If pursuing a meal after a long, hard day at work or after a late night with friends (like this particular day for me), Barbara Jean’s is definitely the place to go. You’ll get full, and you’ll love the food! Thanks Barbara Jean and Jim for a delicious meal!

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