If eating better is on your list of resolutions for the new year — meaning quality of food, not quantity of calories — Jasper’s is a clear first choice.
Anyone familiar with the Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy knows what to expect from the restaurant: excellent food, service and atmosphere. However, if you’ve never experienced gourmet backyard cuisine, now’s the time to visit Jasper’s at CityLine.
Jasper’s slow smoked baby back ribs earned a spot among Bon Appetit magazine’s Top Ribs of America list. The menu features other backyard grill-inspired favorites, including its also-notable prime rib and pork tenderloin.
Additional comfort foods on Jasper’s menu may be familiar in name, but their gourmet style and taste will definitely pique your palate. Reminiscent of its well-known counterpart, Jasper’s mac ‘n cheese is made with aged gouda and cured ham.
“It’s taking some of the basic stuff and doing it with flare,” said Jasper’s General Manager Lydia Hirose. “We step it up a notch.”
Jasper’s is a restaurant for all seasons, so to speak. “Whether you want to go out with family, enjoy a nice, romantic first date, or get together with friends for a fun happy hour, we want you to feel comfortable,” Lydia said.
One of the favorite happy hour foods includes the Comanche buffalo meatballs made with fire roasted poblano ranchero and cotija cheese. Fun cocktails, such as the Tinsley (a citrus martini of sorts), beer on tap and wines by the glass set the stage for an evening of fun with friends and coworkers.
“We draw in people from local businesses, but also people who live close by,” Lydia said, of their location at the Southeast corner of Central Expressway and George Bush Turnpike. “It is an ideal location for them. They don’t have to worry about going too far from home for a fun evening.”
Since Jasper’s opened its doors at CityLine, the restaurant has played an integral part in bringing tenants together for the purpose of drawing in visitors. Leading the way for the other CityLine eateries to do the same, Jasper’s has hosted cooking classes. The restaurant also has special events, like the upcoming Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 14.
“Guests come in, and the chef does a demonstration on how to do a few things in the kitchen,” Lydia said. “Then they actually get to try the food, and we pair it with a fun cocktail or a great glass of wine.”
When State Farm chose to locate one of its major multifunctional hubs at CityLine, the corporation planned to employ nearly 8,000 people. These employees would need residential, retail and dining options. “Our ownership saw an opportunity to get in to a fun and exciting new area,” Lydia said. “There is a lot of new development here, and it seemed like a great place to grow the brand.”
Jasper’s CityLine is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Although it is only open for dinner on Saturday night, Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also enjoy dinner on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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