By: Joseph Smith
JJ's is One of My Favorite Local Spots
One of my favorite local spots in the QC has to be JJ’s Red Hots. Hands down my favorite dog on the menu has to be the “whistle pig”, a Sahlen Smokehouse dog covered with bacon, diced onions, shredded cheese and diced onions. Trust me you can’t go wrong with this one.
But, when I get an email from the John the owner saying they have some new menu items I cleared my calendar for the evening and headed over to their Ballantyne location for an evening tasting.
After fighting through the normal rush hour traffic I took a seat out on JJ’s patio and the experience began.
Round 1- Jalapeño Poppers
This is a go-to staple in my late night menu choices but John added a little twist. Instead of halving and seeding the jalapeño he keeps the cylinder shape and has them stuffed with cream cheese or pimento cheese (a Carolina favorite). These poppers definitely packed a punch. If you like the heat go for these.
Round 2 – Loaded Tots
Are you gonna eat your tots (Napoleon Dynamite reference)? John loads JJ’s amazingly well seasoned tots with blue cheese, chives, and JJ’s signature rocket sauce. Totally awesome combination… I’m a blue cheese fanatic so this was great for me.
Round 3- Who let the dogs out?
JJ’s Red Hots has come up with 3 amazing dogs for you to try:
Just like it sounds, this turkey dog is loaded with the Classic Ruben toppings, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and crisp dill spear to finish it off.
Similar to her brother the Ruben but the sauerkraut is replaced with sweet coleslaw. I’m not the biggest fan of coleslaw but the combination of the dressing and the pickle with the flavor of the turkey dog was light and refreshing on the taste buds.
The Korean Dog
I don’t know how John thought of this but it was awesome. To start the sausage is a locally made dim sum (shrimp and pork) sausage…giving it a very unique flavor. To dress the sausage John went with the classic Korean dish Kim Chi and a wasabi mayo sprinkled with sesame seeds.
To Wash it All Down - JJ’s New Drink: The Loganberry Tea
To be honest, I had to google loganberry, it looks very similar to a black berry or raspberry. One thing I do know is that it made a really awesome tea!
I highly suggest swinging by JJ’s either on East Blvd or the Ballentyne location and try out the new menu items! Bring your EWP Axcess Card and get 10% off!