photo by Kathy Tran

photo by Kathy Tran

Jed’s Grill

Few existing businesses would benefit from the plan to turn Tyler and Polk into two-way streets more than Jed’s Grill.

The mother/son team of Estela Gallegos and Johnathan Korens, now operating the restaurant on Jefferson at Polk, heartily support the change.

Since Polk is a one-way street, entering the restaurant’s parking lot requires circling the block for anyone coming west on Jefferson. Unless you know the neighborhood, it’s confusing. The owners also think the one-way street hurts their restaurant’s visibility.

“It’s the most frustrating thing as a business owner,” Korens says.

A string of restaurants have opened and closed there in the past 10 years, but the new operators are all in.

Korens, an artist and musician, and Gallegos, who worked for many years as a restaurant manager, have given themselves over to the dream of owning a successful family restaurant.

They don’t cut corners. Brisket is wrapped in bacon and cooked 12 hours. They make their own barbecue sauce from the drippings. They make ranchero sauce, their own hummus and sweet-and-sour mix, among many other accoutrements.

Burgers are their most popular dinner item, and they have a range of luscious choices, including the Oak Cliff burger, topped with cheddar cheese, brisket, an onion ring and a deep-fried jalapeño, served on a brioche bun. There’s also grilled cheese, sandwiches and salads, as well as 12 vegetarian items. The breakfast/brunch menu includes tres leches French toast, omelets and waffles. On Sundays, they offer 99-cent mimosas all day, and it’s happy hour all day Saturdays.

Jed’s Grill
1001 Jefferson Blvd.

Ambiance:  Café

Price Range: $7-$13

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 pm.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Did you know: Margaritas and martinis are $3 all day Mondays