Jake & Telly’s – Restaurant Review
After eating at Jake & Telly’s, I’m kicking myself for not having come here sooner. I’ve known of the place for years, and everything I had ever heard about it was positive, but for some reason I just never quite made made it over. Big mistake. My friend Mark (previously known as Z) suggested it for lunch today, and I agreed. Good idea.
Jake & Telly’s is easy to find, right on Colorado Ave between 26th and 27th streets. Once you go in the door, you have to climb the stairs to enter the restaurant. There is probably a handicapped accessible way, but I didn’t notice it on the way in. The hostess asked us if we would like to sit on the patio, and since it was such a nice day, we agreed, and were seated right away.
We decided to share an order of “Keftethes”, which is an appetizer of seasoned meatballs with tomato based lamb sauce and cheese, serviced with grilled pita bread. I also ordered a sandwich called “The Jake”.
The Keftethes were amazing. Not being schooled in the culinary arts, I can’t even begin to describe the flavor, but these were probably the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten. The sauce was delicious and savory, the meatballs had just the right amount of moisture in them, and the pita bread was awesome – and especially useful for sopping up the sauce! The only downer is that one of them was missing a big chunk out of it, and had been cleverly propped up against one of the other ones so that it wasn’t super noticeable until it was its turn to be eaten. Fortunately for me, that one was Mark’s. HA HA!
The Jake was terrific. It is basically a sandwich with grilled chicken and prosciutto, with tomatoes and provolone. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor was complex. Instead of fries, I had ordered a Greek vegetable and beef soup, which was also awesome.
The prices weren’t exorbitant, the service was good, the food was excellent. I’ve got no complaints, and I’ll definitely be back.