Grand opening: Jonny Mac’s Lowcountry Grille and BBQ

LOWCOUNTRY MEETS THE MOUNTAINS: Jonny Mac's Lowcountry Grille & BBQ celebrates its grand opening, Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4. Owner Jon McLeod, far right, is pictured with his business partners, from left, Taresa Robinson, Brenda McLeod and Tim Shipman.
LOWCOUNTRY MEETS THE MOUNTAINS: Jonny Mac's Lowcountry Grille & BBQ celebrates its grand opening, Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4. Owner Jon McLeod, far right, is pictured with his business partners, from left, Taresa Robinson, Brenda McLeod and Tim Shipman. Photo by Cindy Kunst

“We’re a roll up your sleeves, sit down and indulge kind of place,” says Jon McLeod, owner and operator of Jonny Mac’s Lowcountry Grille and BBQ. Located in Fletcher, the new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with free dessert for guests.

The menu at Jonny Mac’s combines favorites from McLeod’s past, as well as his penchant for low-country food. A native to Hendersonville, McLeod says he learned to barbecue in the mountains of Western North Carolina and later lived in Charleston, S.C., where he discovered his love for shrimp and grits. The restaurant’s Creole and Cajun options stem from the owner’s lifelong appetite for jambalaya and gumbo. “It’s low country meets the mountains,” McLeod says.

Jonny Mac’s serves lunch and dinner six days a week and brunch on Sundays. Sandwich choices include a shrimp po’boy, muffuletta, Jonny’s Cuban and Charleston blue crab and shrimp. Platters include ribs (half-rack and whole), chicken (half and whole) and pulled pork. Honeycrisp apple slaw, cheddar grits and Cajun fries make up some of the menu’s side options. Pain perdu (aka French toast) and scrambled platters are among the brunch specials.

Price points at Jonny Mac’s skew to the affordable with platters ranging between $9 for the jambalaya to $15 for the whole rack of ribs, all served with an accompanying side item and choice of bread. Salad prices start at $3 for a small house salad and peak at $8 for the Beach Cottage Salad, which features shrimp and blue crab. Sandwiches are mostly in the $7-$9 range, with the whole muffuletta topping the high end at $14.

Wine is available by the bottle and the glass, and beer selections on tap include Asheville Brewing, Green Man and Oskar Blues products. Blue Moon and Bud Light are available in bottles.

Since its soft opening in August, McLeod says, Jonny Mac’s has established a steady group of regulars. “The people of Fletcher and the surrounding areas are great, loyal customers and we appreciate them,” he says.

During the grand opening, which runs Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, complimentary bread pudding with white chocolate sauce will be offered to all guests. McLeod notes that additional desserts available on the menu include homemade vanilla bean ice cream and the Chocolate Train Wreck, which combines a brownie and a slice of chocolate cake. When it comes to the grand opening, McLeod offers this bit of advice: “Be prepared to relax, smile and indulge.”

 

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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