Our party of four opted for the prix fixe menu which offers a selection of 3 courses for $45. I was able to try a taste of each dish on that menu. I ordered the Texas Greens Salad with pickled blackberries, garden herbs, chèvre and blackberry vinaigrette. Everything in the salad was extremely fresh and flavorful, but the cheese and the blackberries stole the show. The cheese was smooth and creamy without any trace of bitterness, and the blackberries were very sweet, even though they were pickled. I tasted the Sweet Potato Soup with peanut, jalapeño and pomegranate molasses. The chilled soup was full of intense flavor that melded well together. For entree I had the Pan Seared Gulf Shrimp with summer squash, pickled peaches, spring onions and jalapeño. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and the squash, peaches, tomatoes and herbs lent a freshness to each bite. Wine pairings with the prix fixe menu are an option for an additional $25. I chose to have just one glass with my entree. The Jean Collet Chablis (Burgundy, France 2011) was a perfect compliment to this multilayered dish.
My youngest son had what I think was the standout entree--Roasted Dewberry Chicken with green salad and pickled raisins. The chicken from Dewberry Farms was very moist, juicy and tender and the pickled raisins were a sweet backdrop. My oldest son and my husband both opted for the Petite Niman Ranch Filet with garden tomatoes and salsa verde. The bite I had was cooked to perfection (medium-rare) and I loved the herbaceous salsa verde. For dessert I was the odd man out by ordering the Blackberry Brown Butter Tart with whipped créme fraîche and berry gastrique. It was a light summer dessert with those lovely sweet blackberries taking center stage. Everyone else had the Texas Chèvre Cheesecake with blueberries and thyme. Very rich and delicious. A really inventive take on a classic.
Reservations are strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner. Be sure to very clearly confirm your preference for either indoor or outdoor dining, and for which restaurant you want your table reserved. Reservations for Josephine House are taken at Jeffrey's, which might explain the minor confusion with our reservation (the reservationist thought we were dining at Jeffrey's rather than Josephine House), so we were seated outside, but it was both comfortable and relaxing. Chef Alex Manley and her team offer a well sourced menu featuring local products that are expertly prepared, creating thoughtfully conceived dishes. On multiple visits, each dish I have tried has been well prepared. The food and service are consistently good. Servers are attentive and helpful and you never feel rushed. For lunch, happy hour, dinner or brunch, Josephine House is a great choice for any meal. (Cathy)