Washington, DC 20009
This post is more of an observation than a review since I went to a specific event to Black Jack and I think most of the food originated from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace which is located right under Black Jack. On this particular Sunday, Black Jack was hosting a Chicken Fried Steak Competition (I seriously considered making this post a Food We Love post about Chicken Fried Steak which to me stand atop the pantheon of comfort foods). The owner/chef of Black Jack and the rest of the Black Restaurant Group restaurants including BlackSalt challenged several chefs from DC restaurants, that are on my wish list, including Birch & Barley, the Source, and Bourbon Steak. The competition was hosted by Nycci and David Nellis who have a weekly radio show on Federal News Radio called Foodie & the Beast along with running TheListAreYouOnIt which is a food and wine event website. Proceeds from the competition were to be donated to the Washington Nationals Juvenile Diabetes Wing at the Children's National Medical Center. More specifically, the funds were going to go towards building the kitchen for the wing. So, it was a cause that is near and dear to me considering my recent diagnoses.
At the end of the day, I didn't mind that I only sampled one. The other simple beauty of chicken fried steak is that you really can't do too much to it and the flavor profile will always be consistently the same. Also, the event was less about food and more about just enjoying yourselves on a Sunday morning/afternoon. Besides, the drinks were relatively free, there was enough food beyond the steak to go around., and it was for a good cause. I can't see how anyone could leave with any feelings of disappointment.