“When you think you’ve gone too far, keep going” say the folks at Justine’s, and we agree this classic brasserie east of I-35 is worth any amount of travel. Order this to go: the grilled bone-in pork chop in a fragrant thyme reduction. It’s just as decadent at home as it is in the usually boisterous dining room, and the accompanying stack of potatoes au gratin hold up well. The to-go menu is carefully edited and the dishes thoughtfully packaged; a lovely, light crab salad with slivers of radish and cucumber came with a gingery shallot dressing in a separate container. A truncated wine list holds a few affordable gems, and in true Justine’s plus c’est plus fashion, the cocktail kits make six drinks. Get your own divine crème brûlée; we all deserve a treat during these trying times. Pro tip: Welcome even pre-pandemic, the chandelier-adorned outside tent affords diners a quiet and socially distant meal, should they so choose.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.