Last week, Price and I got to enjoy a night out at a brand new restaurant located in downtown Jackson called Estelle. Since Estelle is a really cool, girly name, I’m calling this restaurant “The new girl in town” 😉
Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro is located inside the new Westin hotel on South Congress Street. The hotel is absolutely stunning. You can’t miss it! And when you walk into Estelle, which is right off the lobby, it, too, takes your breath away. The modern flair of the beautifully designed interior (and y’all know I’m all about some great design) immediately made me feel like I was somewhere other than Jackson. It feels big city in there to me! Which, of course, is so fun.
We received fantastic service from our server Molly and from Abby, the GM and our personal friend! (Fun fact: she’s married to Jeremy, who you might remember from this post or this post!) These ladies took excellent care of us!
Since Estelle is a wine bar, they do have a TON of wine to choose from. Thankfully, Abby was able to steer us in the right direction on where to even start. She allowed us to sample a few kinds before we each zeroed in on a glass, and what we each ended up going with were their house selections. Their house picks are TOP NOTCH. Their house Chardonnay (L’Ecole) and their house Sauvignon Blanc (Duckhill) were both highly tempting to this red-drinker. (I usually am never even tempted with white wine but both of these — especially that Duckhill — had me thinking about going white for the night!) But then we tried the reds. And we were in. Price went with the Franciscan Estate Cab and I got a glass of the Four Graces Pinot Noir.
As far as food… Oh, y’all… OHHHHH the food….
The chef at Estelle is Matthew Kajdan, who I met years ago when I was working for a local food blog. He was always so nice to me, so I was thrilled to get the chance to support him in his newest venture! His menu was divine. I mean DI.VINE.
The awesomeness started with the little cheesy biscuits they serve at first, then things only get better. Price and I split the duck sausage appetizer, which came on a bed of grits, and I’m not kidding when I tell you we did not leave one single grit on that plate. We ate ALL of it. Price had a Caesar salad, which he loved. Then it was on to the entrees. Price got a beautiful redfish dish, all of which he devoured, and I got the Fig and Proscuitto Pizza. Since this night, I have dreamed about this pizza. It tasted every bit as good as it looks, plus some!
We ended the night on a sweet note with a s’more dessert that we split. It had a gooey marshmallow topping over a chocolate mousse with some graham cracker in there too. It was legit!
Somewhere in there, I also got to try the Ginger Margarita and it was fabulous! I love a good margarita, and I’m a huge fan of ginger, so this was a no-brainer for me. I would for SURE order this again!
Overall, our visit to Estelle exceeded our expectations. We loved every minute and every bite. They definitely hit the trifecta of great service, great atmosphere, and great food, which is hard to do in general, but it is especially hard to do when you’re SO new!
We had the best time, Estelle. Thank you for hosting us so beautifully. We will be back!
This post is supported by Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro. All opinions, as always, are my own! 🙂