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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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2010 Apr 6
I can't wait to go.Here is a link to a review in the Ottawa Citizen
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2010 Apr 6
the new location is now open. it will offer dine-in and take-out for lunch and dinner.

2010 Mar 24
From their FB page: Jean Alberts Grand Opening Day Expected to be Easter Weekend!!!!!

2010 Mar 1
Too funny. I drove all the way out to Hallville to try Jean Albert's 2 weeks ago only to find it closed up. (Had a nice brunch buffet at the Branch in Kemptville instead). Turns out they're opening up around the corner from me.

I wonder if I can drop by for chicken and waffles on my way to work in the morning :-)

2010 Feb 26
If anyone is interested Jean Albert's is hiring for positions.

2010 Feb 25
Straight from their FB page:
Jean Alberts ok ok....we are about to announce the official address of The New Jean Albert's American Style Soul Food and North Cotton Club/Lounge. Drum roll please...........................495 Somerset St. Ottawa @ Lyon. Hope to see you all when we open in April.

2010 Feb 25
Youppie! I'm getting in line behind Momomoto. I live downtown and I don't drive so I have been suitably jealous of those who were able to drive to Hallville to dine at Jean Albert's. If they do in fact move to the old Hot Peppers location I can actually walk there!

2010 Feb 25
You're kidding me.

You mean at, like, Somerset and Lyon?

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I'll be in my bunk.

2010 Feb 23
Just a note, and maybe this should be moved to the restaurant info portion, but they are relocating to Somerset West in what used to be the Hot Peppers building, I believe.

2010 Feb 23
As someone who has been traveling to the Southern US since I was 4 years old and loves nothing more than a good bit of soul food, we HAD to go to Jean Albert's as soon as we heard of the place in late summer 2009. The second time, we took my father, a long-time soul food lover, so this review is a combination of both visits. It was a bit of a jaunt, but certainly not hard to find.

Space: Having seen my fair share of Southern restaurants, I was not expecting a fine-dining experience from Jean Albert's. It was quaint and spacious, with large picnic tables inside and plenty of stuff to look at on the walls. The music was good, the space was bright and had big windows on two of the three sides of the dining area. In the centre of the table were condiments and menus, and there were some puzzle toys to keep diners occupied.

There were big buzzing flies in the room, but I'm not in the slightest bit surprised given that this is a restaurant in the middle of the country. The restaurant itself was by no means dirty.

Service: Service was pretty friendly, and despite what I had heard, was actual table service (drinks and food orders were taken as we were seated, not at the counter). Questions and check-ins were done as quick yells from the kitchen and the cash; this may not be the style that we're used to in Ottawa but I wasn't really phased by it myself.

Drink refills were offered (they're not free) promptly, and when the food took a while, we were always kept informed.

Menu: The menu is pretty convoluted but it does make sense. You can order lunch or dinner portions whenever you'd like, which gives you some nice options in terms of portion sizes. Jean Albert's follows the "meat and three" style southern menu, which is some sort of main protein and your choice of two (or less, depending on
your portion choice) side dishes and some corn bread.

Food: We ordered a LOT of food on our two trips; enough to make us stuffed beyond any comfortable level.

The fresh squeezed lemonade is great and goes down too quickly!

The sweet water bread was authentic and delicious.

The smothered southern fries were a HUGE appetizer portion and was tasty, except for the french fries, which were a bit cold and soggy (not house-made, from what we could tell).

The fried chicken was excellent, very nice southern-style meat. The sauce options were a little weird and not worth the extra money to have them "baked in"...just get it on the side if you want it, I suppose.

The catfish was nice, the coating was tasty and tasted great with the hot sauce.

We didn't order it, but were surprised that the biscuit and gravy was served with brown gravy! Very unusual by our standards...

As for sides, the mac and cheese was very tasty! The mashed potatoes were nothing special, but mine kind of tasted like propane (?). The collard greens were fine but nothing like the real deal. The coleslaw was excellent. The baked beans were standard, nothing to write home about.

The buttermilk pie wasn't really that great, by my standards. The portion was small and dry.

The banana pudding was a disappointment, I wish that the whipped cream was real. :(

The sweet potato pie was fine enough -- same problem as with the buttermilk pie.

The peach cobbler was tasty but again, I wish the whipped cream was real.

Overall: It's a passable choice if you're looking for soul food in the area, but it sadly does not match up to the expectations of several decades of eating the real deal.

The only serious downfall I can mention is how SLOW the food came to us on both occasions. The first time wasn't too, too bad, but the second time saw us waiting for nearly 60 minutes between our first bite of appetizer and our first bite of mains.

The speed of service itself was slow enough to make us second guess any future visits, unless I get a REAL hankering...though, there is a Cracker Barrel in Watertown, and CB has been known to do the trick if necessary.

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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.