This week was my pick. I tend to choose trendier places than Patrick, so it gives us a good balance.
Julep is in Highland Village, at the corner of Frontage Road and Northside Drive. Inside, the exposed brick walls and lime green accents are super stylish and it's the kind of restaurant that would be good to go as a group to.
We started off with the Eggplant Fries with home-made ranch dip. These had a lot of potential. I've never seen eggplant fries on another menu, I love homemade ranch, and they were fried. Unfortunately, they disappointed. It seemed like someone in the kitchen was a little heavy handed with the salt and because of that, we couldn't enjoy them.
Next up were our entrées. I went with Shrimp and Grits and Patrick went with the Julep Filet. I'm kind of a snob about shrimp and grits. I like it a few ways and Julep scores with this version for me. I loved the corn and peppers mixed in with the cream sauce, it gave the dish a fresh different flavor. The shrimp was perfectly cooked (which is hard) and the grits were delish too. I really enjoyed this meal and would totally go here again. Patrick had the Julep Filet, which is served with mashed potatoes and green bean bundles. It was well cooked (a solid medium rare), and the vegetables were top notch too. His only complaint/concern was the demi-glace was a little on the salty side (and no picture, because he won't let me take pictures of his food most of the time).
Overall, Julep was good, but not great. It would be fun to go back with a group, but I don't know that it would make my list as a go to option.