By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June 2010
Doc George’s Jazz Kitchen is expanding. Taking over the space that was most recently Shaken Martini Lounge, Doc’s is knocking down a wall between the two units and introducing Doc’s Jazz Alley.
Now, when dining at Doc’s, you can choose “quiet dining” in the front of the restaurant; you can still hear the live jazz, which adds ambiance, but you can converse with the other people at your table in a more subdued atmosphere. If you would rather enjoy fireside dining and live music in an upbeat jazz club instead, you might opt to stroll a few steps into Doc’s Jazz Alley—which never requires a cover charge.
Either way, you will enjoy Doc George’s unique menu, which has been partially shaped by customers’ suggestions and requests. Also providing input is Doc’s Creole specialist, Jack Bowen. Bowen, a Northwest native, left the Army and settled for a spell in Louisiana, worked on Bourbon Street for many years, and then brought traditional New Orleans food and drink recipes back home, including Doc’s version of a hurricane, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and yes, jambalaya. Jim Conway, general manager, says, “Customers say, ‘This is just like home,’ or ‘This is just like what we had when we visited New Orleans.’”
Conway’s mom, Phyllis, is remembered with Doc’s signature potatoes au gratin—with smoked gouda and parmesan cheeses. Another unique offering on the menu is Phyllis’s meatloaf dinner or sandwich—the recipe being the one Conway’s mother used when he was growing up.
Featuring certified Angus beef, local chicken and many organic ingredients, all Doc George’s entrees are made from scratch and cooked to order, making Doc George’s “the farthest thing from fast food,” says Conway. Doc George’s kitchen uses small-batch cooking methods to ensure customers get what they want every time.
Doc George’s is proud to announce our new cook, Emily, who is bringing new touches and flavors to our already popular cuisine.
Conway and the restaurant’s owner, Catherine Lach, want to thank the neighborhood for all their support: “We’ve had wonderful compliments about our staff, our music, our food. We’ve been warmly welcomed by our neighbors.” And Conway wants that sentiment to go both ways, which is why he and his staff offer a great neighborhood place to eat, serving lunch and dinner six days a week, with a happy hour 3–6 p.m. and live jazz. Conway says, “If you have a good time at Doc George’s, it’s our fault.”
Doc George’s Jazz Kitchen, featuring the new Jazz Alley, is located at 4605 N.E. Fremont St. Stop in Wednesday–Monday, from 11:30 a.m. on, call (503) 287-7067 or visit docgeorgesjazzkitchen.com. Every Sunday is Mardi Gras night, with the Big Easy Band playing at 7 p.m.—as always, no cover. Doc George’s is closed Tuesdays.