A vendor offered to take me out for lunch; so, I suggested Jackson 20 in Old Town Alexandria. I thought this would be the perfect time to try Jackson 20, since I would not be paying. I usually do not drink during the day, but since Jackson 20 serves as the house restaurant for Klimpton’s Hotel Monaco, cocktails at 13:00 seemed very apropos, especially when cocktails are the very first thing the server offered us. With a perfectly prepared Mojito with a real sugar cane in hand, the business discussions began. Jackson 20 provided to be the right choice for a lunch meeting.
The ambiance of Jackson 20 offers a quiet elegance that beckons a reserve demeanor from the guests. The noise level was nearly perfect for conducting a business conversation. In fact, it seems miles away from the bustle of the busy Monaco lobby. Though the lunch menu seemed somewhat limited, I zeroed in on the meatloaf with the house ketchup. The meatloaf turned out to be very tasty. The only exception being that the ketchup was, in fact, ketchup ... . It did not taste any different from Heinz® brand ketchup. I expected something more from the Jackson 20 “house ketchup”. At any rate, the sautéed turnip greens paired with the meatloaf were very nicely done. Overall, Jackson 20 provided a good experience, but I am glad that I was not one who picked up the check. Both the food and the drinks were fairly overpriced. Again, the cocktails were immaculate. The service was impeccable. Notwithstanding, it is not like we were eating at Vermillion or Restaurant Eve. I would gladly visit Jackson 20 for another business lunch, especially when I get to make the reservations and earn reward points through OpenTable.com.
480 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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