By Amanda Clymer, Pork Mentor
In Lincoln, Nebraska the historic Haymarket district has exploded with many new bars and restaurants. With the addition of the Pinnacle Bank Arena on the north side of this area it was logical for many new restaurants to develop in this area in order to cater to those attending events at the arena. This area has been dubbed an entertainment district known as The Railyard.
One of the new restaurants located on the south side of the Railyard is Jack&June: Urban Table. A group and I decided to try this restaurant one Saturday night because of the many comments I have heard from people about the place. I also have noticed how busy it is before Husker Basketball games and how crowded it was before the Larry the Cable Guy Benefit event held April 25th at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Jack&June offers up homestyle food in an urban atmosphere hence the “urban table” part of the name. The fusion of the two creates a very interesting mix when it comes to food. Since I was eating to write this review for Pork Talk I decided to order the two pork items on their menu. First, our group shared the General Tso’s pork belly. The size was perfect for three people to split. Flavor profile seemed to have an Asian flare that I really enjoyed. The pork belly was also over a bed of fried rice and farro. For those of you that don’t know, farro is a type of hulled wheat that seemed to naturally go with the rice. The appetizer set the bar pretty high for the main course.
The menu offers main dishes ranging from a grilled cheese, a pasta, a burger, a chicken breast and a pork chop entrée. I ordered my pork chop at medium done and I thought it was delicious. As visible in the picture there was the nice grill marks. The side for this dish included a mixture of farro, cauliflower, sweet onions, and beets. This by no means was a common side for me. I also don’t like beets so next time I may have to pass on those.
Between the two pork dishes I would highly suggest the pork belly appetizer. If you want to venture outside the pork realm when visiting Jack&June I suggest the chicken or the burger. I had the opportunity to taste both of these dishes and they are great alternatives. The pricing is reasonable as the pork belly appetizer was $8 and the pork chop entrée was $18.
Overall, the concept of Jack&June is very innovative as it tries to offer homestyle food in an urban atmosphere. It seems to fit right into the new Haymarket area. I highly suggest taking a night to go down to the Haymarket area and explore the expansion. You will not be disappointed by the variety of restaurants and the fun atmosphere that is created in this new entertainment area.