Dining With JXN: Fine & Dandy

A past due plan fulfilled, landed us at Fine & Dandy for lunch. Swanky décor and the presence of Betty White greeted us upon entry. My palette was open to whatever the eatery had to offer, but I was stoked to learn that they offered a daily Blue Plate. A blue-plate special is a lower priced meal that usually changes daily. In the south Blue Plates typically offer some form of warm delicious comfort food. Fine & Dandy’s Blue Plate selections did not disappoint. The luncheon variety included: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Golden Fried Chicken tenderloinz, Fried Simmons Catfish, and Pan Seared Redfish. Along with a host of southern favorites as sides dishes.

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For starters, we ordered the Dad Bod Tots. Tater tots topped with pimento cheese, white BBQ sauce, bacon and green onions. Magical is the word. These tots are absolutely delicious. A bit of smoky and cheesy, partnered with perfectly crispy tater tots creating the absolute perfect starter. I imagine that this is the perfect snack to pair with a cold cocktail.

I’m so intentional when deciding what to eat with my partner. The goal is always to experience multiple menu items.

We ordered:

Chicken Tenderloinz with mashed potatoes and collard greens.

Catfish with collard greens and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Banana Puddin’ Bread Puddin’

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Deliciously brined/marinated, the chicken was juicy and flavorful. The catfish was seasoned well and fried to the perfect crisp. The fact that they use Simmon’s Catfish, the freshness goes without saying. The side dishes were well crafted as well. The Mashed potatoes were buttery comfort. Typically, I prefer a battered fried green tomato, but I enjoyed this classic cornmeal fried tomato.

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The Collards really did what needed to be done! I don’t co-sign just any ol’ collard greens. As a genuine southerner, it would be sinful. However, Fine & Dandy earns that stamp of approval. The greens were delicious topped with a pinch of spice. Lastly, I finished this delightful lunch with the Banana Puddin’ Bread Puddin’. This dessert is the love-child of Banana Bread and Banana Pudding. Served warm with a cup of dark roast, this sweet ending was truly delightful.

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Food: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 5

Service: 5

Overall Experience: 5


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