Apparently Tye’s has been open since spring of 2008, so it’s flown under my radar for quite some time. I suppose that’s indicative of how little time I spend looking for restaurants downtown, but I digress. Always looking for a new lunch option, I stopped by Tye’s a few weeks ago to see what I had been missing.
I’ll admit, I went in with a bit of a predisposition towards Tye’s. Sometime in mid January, I had gotten a takeout sandwich from Tye’s. I was looking forward to a Philly cheese steak overflowing with meat, onions, and cheese, much like the cheese steaks I had enjoyed during numerous collegiate road trips. Unfortunately, this sandwich turned out to be a double edged sword. Yes, the meat was juicy and very tasty, but there was barely enough to cover half the sandwich.Well, it’s the painful truth that there’s no such thing as a good, whiz cheese steak in this town anyway, so maybe the Monday lunch will prove more successful.
There weren’t too many people inside Tye’s; what do you expect for a quarter past one? I had no idea what to order, so I asked the waiter for his suggestions. A short conversation later, my order was in the kitchen. First up was the bbq shrimp appetizer.
It’s not often you see peeled, tail-less bbq shrimp, but I suppose it makes eating them easier, especially for the lunch crowd.
The shrimp were well cooked and the Worcestershire based sauce had a nice flavor with a lingering spice, but it didn’t have any real depth of flavor. Yes, there were plenty of shrimp (more than 20), but there was no real shrimp taste to the dish. I had originally worried about the lack of bread with the shrimp, but there was no reason to sop up the sauce.
A few minutes later my entrée was on the table.
Not a bad looking Monday special, a grilled pork chop, green beans, and onion rings make for a nice combination.
A side of dipping sauce did go quite well with the onion rings, but I was disappointed the rings couldn’t stand on their own, especially since salt and pepper would have remedied this problem.
Well there’s still hope for the pork chop, right?
It certainly look juicy, but after taking a few bites, I came away with some disheartening conclusions. For being grilled, there was no real smoke flavor. Of course, being a restaurant grill, there’s no wood or charcoal involved, but when I hear grilled, I can’t help but think of something cooked on a weber.
When I have the ability to visit a place multiple times, I generally wait before writing about it. That being said, Tye’s hasn’t done too well in the first two visits. However, I’ve been told that the pasta dishes are great and I should really try Tye’s for dinner. I don’t really see how dinner will be better than lunch, but I’m always willing to give something another try, and I want to like Tye’s. There aren’t many lunch and dinner spots in downtown Jackson, and I want Tye’s to succeed, but if the waiter recommended pork chop was bad, I’m not holding out too much hope.