Jinx, the new family-friendly restaurant and bar on Killingsworth, opened New Year’s Eve, complete with pinball machines, mezcal Manhattans, and old-school American-style bistro fare. Chef Jeff Olson-Cook, a Petit Provence alum, is stacking the menu with classics like ratatouille and chicken roulade, as well as apps straight out of Flavortown like cognac-soaked, feta-stuffed, bacon-wrapped fried dates.
For those who need a refresher, Jinx is the new restaurant from Courtney Hulbert-Lords, Colin Hulbert, and Patty Earley, three old-Portland dining vets with years at Caro Amico and Florida Room. In September, the team revealed they would take over the Cup & Saucer space with a luck-themed neighborhood restaurant. Since then, Jinx has nabbed its new chef, developed a menu, and started serving cocktails, beer, and wine. Upstairs, five pinball machines are available for antsy kids waiting for burgers or tempura avocado, while a list of cheap beer and wine can accompany antsy adults. As promised, the menu stays under $20 per dish, including a $17 New York strip with caramelized mushroom, shallots, and blue cheese butter.
Brunch will likely arrive within the next few weeks, with dishes like eggs Sardou, Swedish pancakes with lingonberry butter, and shrimp and grits cakes. For now, Jinx is open from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily.
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