Jesse’s Embers

Steak
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Jesse’s Embers is the sort of supper club you don’t find much anymore: dark, cool, and sequestered, home of expertly made cocktails and high quality meat and potatoes meals. Ensconce yourself at a comfy table, start with a pile of kettle-hot onion rings and an iceberg lettuce salad topped with creamy garlic dressing and croutons. An open-pit grill where you can watch the chef cook steaks to the exact degree of doneness requested provides fascinating entertainment, especially if you arrive hungry. At Jesse’s, it is good to arrive hungry.

A fine 12-ounce Iowa pork chop is available, and you even can have whitefish, walleye pike, or other seafood; but Jesse’s fame is built on beef. Choose prime sirloin (known as the Embers Special), bacon-wrapped filet mignon, London broil, or ribeye and accompany it with crisp cottage-fried potatoes or a baked spud loaded with butter and sour cream. A sharp knife slides easily through fibers of the meat, and as the inside is revealed, juices puddle out onto the plate. This is one satisfying meat-eating experience!

What to Eat
Jesse’s Embers, Prime Sirloin
Prime Sirloin
Must-Try
The Embers Special: 12 ounces of prime sirloin steak. It is a joy to slice with a steak knife and ecstasy to savor.
Jesse’s Embers, Filet Mignon
Filet Mignon
Must-Try
Filets mignon have a reputation for being tender but tasteless. This one is tender and extremely tasty, fairly dripping protein savor. The bacon wrap is a nice touch, but unnecessary for meat this flavorful.
Jesse’s Embers, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
Jesse's O-rings are dangerously good, easily stealing appetite needed to dispatch the red meat that follows.
Jesse’s Embers, Iowa Chop
Iowa Chop
Must-Try
The Iowa chop is a 12oz. beauty, perfectly tender with big porcine flavor.
Jesse’s Embers, House Salad
House Salad
The salad is unremarkable, but I must admit that I found myself using bread to mop the last of the creamy-sweet garlic dressing off the plate.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11 am - 10 pm
Thursday11 am - 10 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday5 pm - 10 pm
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Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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