An Evening at J.J. Jeffries

J. Jeffres 2As a Lancaster native, I am well aware that there are two distinctive scenes represented within the county borders: bucolic, rolling farmland deeply rooted in tradition, and the blossoming artistic flare of downtown Lancaster city with its Gallery Row and other attractions. My experience at John J. Jeffries was doubly impressive then, as they harnessed both scenes to produce a dining experience that felt both as down to earth as a farm market and as sophisticated the hotel it is located in.

Located directly between the esteemed Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster’s cultural by-way, Prince Street, the restaurant is infused with urban distinction. The interior is definitively historic with unfinished wood and brick, but elegant with soft light and various art showcased. Not to be outdone by the city’s energy, rural Lancaster shows it finest in the menu. All dishes are a culmination of some of the finest culinary artistry and local, organic ingredients. My personal choice, The “Cordita” pulled pork, felt all at once traditional and innovative with its southern johnny cake and grits topped by creme fraiche and salsa. Served by a staff well versed in formal dining protocol, the meal proved to be a satisfying experience.

IMG_0838At its core, John J. Jeffries is an experience of complementary elements. Rustic and elegant, traditional and innovative, urban and rural, the atmosphere and menu are perfect for a unique night out with your significant other or a special experience shared among friends.

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By Austin Fahnestock

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