By Amy McCarthy
By Scott Reitz
By Scott Reitz
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Alice Laussade
By City of Ate
For now, Groves says his breakfast and lunch crowds are his largest, and the office workers who fill his dining room are surely thankful that a restaurant within walking distance of their desks offers affordable plates based on fresh ingredients. In a neighborhood dominated by TGI Friday's and Hooters, getting a meal cooked with some thought behind it can be a tough order. In that vein Ellen's is a great addition to the neighborhood.
There is work to be done if Ellen's is ever to become a worthwhile Friday night destination, though. In addition to service that was less than optimal, the dining room feels a little sparse and minimalist. The color scheme is great, but the décor doesn't come together like all the ingredients in that BLT did. A bookshelf that cuts the dining room in half seems oddly placed and truncates the space instead of integrating with it. That menu sure could use a leather binder, too.
Ellen's Southern Kitchen
1718 N. Market St., 469-206-3339, ellenssouthernkitchen.com. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $$
Chicken-fried steak $11.49
Pork chop $13.49
Fried chicken $10.99
Groves is off to a great start though, and with some tweaks Ellen's is a good contribution to the downtown dining scene. I just hope nothing changes with that chicken-fried steak. It's perfect how it is.
I've been here twice and I really like it (although on my second visit the waiter went MIA and the owner had to wait on us). It is exactly what the West End needs as it becomes more of a neighborhood.
Fix those kinks and keep up the good work.