During our first full day at Branson, we were faced with figuring out where to go for lunch. Like with Florentina’s the night before, I simply ran a quick Google search and Jackie B. Goode’s popped right up near the top of the list. Because we were totally unfamiliar with the area, we decided just to go for it.
We walked up and immediately loved the decor. As you can see from the picture below, they have a fun yellow taxi cab right out front and their facade makes for a pretty cool view from the street.
As we entered, we saw a big, open room definitely decked out in 50s style. It felt a little bit like walking through a time portal. Jackie B. Goode’s is named for Jack Goode, a man who sacrificed his life for America during Vietnam. You’ll see lots of memorabilia on the walls honoring his memory.
Though it was 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, there wasn’t much of a crowd. We were seated immediately. We noticed that the staff, while very friendly, were also pretty experienced. As a result, the service wasn’t very fast or energetic, but it was done correctly and with a smile.
I ordered a fried chicken sandwich. I’ve never had one before, so I figured why not? I also ordered a root beer float. The root beer float proved to be one of the best I’ve ever had. The fried chicken sandwich was also very good. It was exactly what it sounds like — a fried chicken breast on a bun.
My wife ordered fish and chips. She said it was okay but nothing particularly special. She told me that it compared to what you would get at a lot of fast-food places. However, she raved about her chocolate malt.
My daughters seemed to enjoy their grilled cheese, and they certainly loved the chocolate brownie ice cream sundae dessert that they shared. I took a few bites myself — delicious!
A stage existed off to one side of the restaurant. Jackie B. Goode’s apparently has live musicians performing most of the time. No one played while we ate there, but we did notice a woman walk in and start setting up as we were finishing our meal. They also had a jar placed near the cashier notifying patrons that the musical acts were not paid, but they would appreciate any tips.
We had a good time at Jackie B. Goode’s and, for the most part, liked our food well enough. I’d have no problem recommending it to someone looking for a bite. Our only small complaint is that Jackie B. Goode’s has a breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. We didn’t intend to make the buffet, but my wife was positioned as such that she had to watch the workers clean the buffet up throughout her entire lunch. She didn’t find it very appetizing.
Whatever the case, I absolutely suggest you at least pop in for a root beer float, a chocolate malt, and a brownie ice cream sundae.
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