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See also: Detroit Soul Food
Formerly Jean Albert's.

For information and hours, please consult Soul Food's profile: Soul Food

495 Somerset St. W. Ottawa, Ontario
613 569 5326 (569 JEAN)

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Comments

2012 Sep 12
that's too bad. ive been trying to go there for the last two months...

2012 Sep 7
Seeing as Jean Alberts was closed and renamed LeRoy's which is now also closed, why is Groupon still selling coupons for the place? According to their web site, they have sold over 790 of them and they are still selling them. They have an expiry date of December, 2012.

2012 Sep 1
This was posted on their facebook. Unfortunate as I enjoyed it the times I went.

"So sorry to say but we are closed for good.... This is a result of divorce... Don't worry I will be back and better than ever. Thank all of you for your support..."

2012 Aug 31
I just went by, hoping to eat at Jean Albert / now LeRoy's (Friday night - 7:30 pm) and the place was definitely closed. The newspapers and mail were piled in the hallway and there was a notice saying their lease had been terminated for non - payment of rent.


2012 Aug 16
We were really excited to try this place but the best thing I can say about it was that the food was 'edible'.

Overall the atmosphere is cold and it was so dim it was hard to see. The service was extremely slow and lackluster. Our table was filthy and it took at least half an hour to have it cleaned. They forgot our drinks, and when we finally managed to get the attention of the waitress we discovered they didn't even HAVE any but one of the beers in stock that they have on the menu. (they shortly thereafter even ran out of chicken)

The chicken was overcooked, dry, and tasteless. The coleslaw had so much black pepper that's all you could taste. Fries were decent.

Based on reviews I would say this place is fairly inconsistent and it seems to be luck of the draw if you happen upon a good or bad night food and service wise. I am sad to say we were very disappointed and won't be back.

One good thing to note, they did accept our Groupon with the Jean Albert name on it.

2012 Aug 2
Just went to LeRoy's aka Jean Albert's tonight... Same location, different look... different menu, same great food! Slate gray exterior, simple blackboard paint and wood interior. The menu has been paired down a bit, but the fried chicken with their Slap Yo Momma sauce, fresh coleslaw and potato salad was as good as ever! And don't forget the cornbread!

2012 Jul 23
I made another shopping trip to Chinatown yesterday and noticed the windows of Jean Albert's are now papered up. The sign in the window says they are renovating but the upstairs dining room is open and take-out is available Wednesdays through Fridays. I also noticed the sign says "Under new management (100% LeRoy)".

2012 Jun 28
I only mentioned it because the whole facade, including the resto's signage, had been removed. Too bad if they're done cuz they were very nice people who owned the place.

2012 Jun 28
Well this is interesting. I passed by last Saturday afternoon on my way home from Chinatown and they were open. At least the door was... During the weekdays they are only open for lunch and dinner service but closed in between. Maybe you were by during the down time?

2012 Jun 28
I drove by today and it looks closed. I hope no one is holding coupons.

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2010 Apr 17
This turned out to not really be my thing. We were served what resembled sweet silver-dollar pancakes dusted with cornmeal. Judging from their chewiness, our specimens were not super fresh. Anyway, it looks like I'm in the minority, so go nuts with them all the rest of you. ;-P

2010 Apr 11
Ah! Good to know! This wasn't mentioned on the menu, but I will definitely ask next time.

2010 Apr 11
LWB, at the Hallville resto you could order additional breads at 50c a piece, to be delivered with the meal. Somewhat embarrassingly we've ordered them by dozen in the past.

2010 Apr 10
the sweet water bread was really, really, really yummy.

i have, however, one qualm: would it be possible to have, as an option, the sweet water bread served with the meal? (or ordered as a side)

both the husband and i felt that the meal would have been better with some more of the melt in your mouth goodness.

2009 Aug 26


What was left of our order before I remembered to take a photo. They are addictive and I would say their signature item.

2009 Apr 8
“Similar to Corn Bread only sweeter and waaaay more addictive” says the menu.

Well I can definitely vouch for this statement… made in the traditional southern style, more of a pancake than a loaf. We found it very tasty… so much so, that “The Man” bought us a second order.




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2010 Apr 10
my favourite part of the meal. these were grand. again, the portion fell short; these came in a small cup, kind of the size you would expect salad dressing or other condiments to come in.

but, they were nonetheless divine.

2009 Apr 8
I can honestly say these are the best yams I have ever eaten. They alone would cause me to drive the 50-plus kms to Jean Albert's.

“The Man” is not a yam fan, but even he thought they tasted great...
But if he wants any he’ll have to get his own, because I’m not sharing!
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2010 Apr 17
I like a nice banana pudding and this one fits the bill. Sliced ripe bananas, a smallish amount of pudding, cake/biscuit matter, and loads of whipped cream. This put my gluttony over the top, but I'm glad to have tried it!

2008 Aug 18
The banana pudding dessert is smooth, creamy with lots of bananas and softened wafers and whipped cream and other secret ingredients. Absolutely delicious! (other desserts, such as sweet potato pie, buttermilk pie and peach cobbler are all just as great!)




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2009 Aug 26
Unfortunately I did feel the beans tasted like they were from a can with something sweet added to them. They were good, but nothing special.

2009 Apr 8
Others here have commented they think that the beans are out of a can, I can tell you these taste nothing like Clarks, Heinz, Libby or any other commercial prep... these are what I know as “jazzed up” baked beans. That is when you take beans and add in a whole bunch of extras… the taste was sweet and rich so I was guessing either molasses or brown sugar was in the mix, along with bits of onion, green pepper, maybe some celery, bbq sauce, mustard and seasonings…. hard to tell, and I’m guessing the owners aren’t giving away their recipe.

“The Man” liked them so much… he wasn’t sharing!
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2010 Apr 17
Like everything else, the seasonings don't get in the way of the natural flavours. These are pretty much just boiled in seasoned salt water. Very nice, with a hint of bitterness.

2009 Apr 10
The best side on the menu, and definitely the healthiest (LeRoy ommits the ham hock / pork necks for his vegetarian customers).

My three year old chicken nugget, kraft dinner, and ketchup monster proclaimed them the best part of her meal (over sweet bread, yams, and mac n'cheese). Nuff said.




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2010 Apr 18
This was reminiscent of Pumpkin Pie. The spices are similar but the texture is creamier and more moist, and the colour is more orange. Nice!

2009 Jun 15
The Sweet Potato Pie was wonderful. My husband doesn't like sweet potatoes, and he loved this pie!!!












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2008 Sep 28
We are the owners and operators of Jean Albert's Restaurant, and we would like to introduce to Canada our $1.00 Menu Breakfast. Everything on the $1.00 Menu is $1.00 each!!!!



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2009 Apr 8
The Ribs were fall off the bone good. The Whiskey Sauce was delicious… from what I could see the sauce was “mopped” onto the ribs as opposed to the ribs being slow baked directly in the sauce, but the sauce tasted like it had simmered for hours to bring out its goodness. Needless to say, the ribs were very yummy, and like Chimichimi I'm thinking the best that I've had in Ottawa.

Finger-lickin delicious. Although I loved the Whiskey Sauce, I need to go back and try the others – Tequila, Scotch, Honey, Buffalo and Hot.

2009 Jan 24
These ribs are amazing. Not pit BBQ style, but very very good, very tender, meat just flakes apart, the sauce was delicious and tangy (had the scotch BBQ sauce). The portion was pretty good, I think it was around 6 full side ribs. I'd say they are the best ribs in Ottawa (until someone makes proper pit BBQ).

2008 Aug 3
These ribs kick serious southern butt. Tender, meaty bones accompanied by, not smothered in, a Jack Daniels BBQ sauce (there are three other sauces)made this a meal worth the drive to Hallville.



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2010 Apr 17
This was very good. Breaded with plenty of salt then deep-fried, it was a delightfully thick (3/4") chunk of fish. Not overcooked at all.




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2010 Apr 18
You'll like it more than I did if you like your coleslaw creamy and chunky. I tend to like a little more vinegar and a finer chop. That said, I ate it all and enjoyed it anyway!

2009 Aug 26
Very creamy. Simple but good. Very chunky cabbage.



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2009 Mar 29
After a really horrible pulled pork experience at Buster's Bar and Grill (way too sweet, meat was mush, on a ciabatta like bun with lettuce?!? wtf), I went to Jean Albert's to rectify the situation. After hearing they were reopening this weekend after extensive plumbing repairs, they were offering a pulled pork sandwich special so I had to take a drive...

For $8.99, you got: a homemade biscuit like bun, a mound of homemade, smoky, tangy, pulled pork, with coleslaw served on top and some crinkle cut fries. This sandwich was awesome, best I've had in Ottawa outside of my own kitchen. I think it should be a regular menu item. Good news is - they appear to be hiring staff for Bluesfest! That's almost a reason in and of itself to go to Bluesfest.



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2010 Apr 17
This is very much like that refreshing stuff you get from hawkers in the lemon-shaped stands on Canada Day. I liked it but as people say, it is not at all sour.

2010 Apr 10
the lemonade, however delicious, is for the sourwusses, rather than the sourpusses. it's quite tasty, but didn't have the bite that i look for in lemonade, even after squeezing what i could from the three lemon slices trapped inside.

2009 Aug 26
I really liked it because of the lack of sour and just a little bit sweet. My SO prefers a tart lemonade so she found this a bit watery.

2009 Apr 8
A big jar of lemons on the counter. And a whole lot of lemons in the lemonade. Freshly Squeezed and perfectly balanced (not too sweet, sour or tart)… great anytime of year, but I’m sure it will be sold by the gallons on a hot summer day.



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2010 Aug 8
Not really wanting to knock Jean Albert's they are one of the better fried chicken places I have had in Ottawa. But there is always room for improvement. I was recently at Paula Dean's restaurant in Savannah, Lady and Son's and I have never experienced fried chicken like this in my life. Simply amazing! Hopefully Jean's doesn't fall victim to the swollen head syndrome.

2010 Aug 8
When I ordered the 3-piece, I got 2 drumsticks and 1 thigh. The batter was definitely not as thick/appealing as pictured in LOTW. Man, his picture actually looks pretty good.

Taste was alright though.

2010 Apr 17
They gave me a brilliantly large portion: 1 drumstick, 1 full wing, and a giant back/breast piece. This is tasty chicken! The batter is mostly just salty but you actually taste the meat, which is in pleasant contrast with other fried chicken experiences.

My initial reaction was that it tastes a lot like those crispy salty fried chicken wings you see at Chinese buffet restaurants. But the meat here is more moist and flavourful. Very nice!

2010 Apr 10
the portion is smaller than LOTW's description, but that's not to say that i left hungry.

the chicken is indeed light and crispy in its coating and not at all greasy. served with the tequila bbq sauce.

the coleslaw portion is about half of what you see there.

2009 Aug 26
This is the Southern Fried Chicken meal (with sides). Three big pieces of chicken, described like below: light and crispy coating and skin and not greasy at all. In short, delicious.

And I don't see a small portion here at all.

I also added a side of their homemade Hot sauce, which was excellent. It has a kick, but is full of flavour. Next time I would get the chicken tossed in it for sure.

2009 Apr 10
Super excellent. Just like I've had in places that really know fried chicken (Ohio, Kentucky, Northern Florida). Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. Flavourful coating, but not so much as to hide the delicate flavour of chicken cooked on the bone.

2009 Jan 24
As a previous reviewer states, the fried chicken here has a light coating. Was seasoned well, and with a few dashes of Frank's Red Hot, makes for a very satisfying meal. If you prefer the thick, super crunchy style of fried chicken, this is not for you.

2008 Aug 3
The recipes used at Jean Albert's come from the owner's grandmother. They may be her recipes, but chef Leroy Walden was paying attention while she was preparing them. The Southern Fried Chicken is excellent. The coating is light and neither too salty nor spicy and the meat was tender and juicy.