What’s For Lunch?

Johnny’s serves summertime harvest. 

By Jan Walsh       

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Today we pop in for lunch at Johnny’s in Homewood. This eatery is a popular place with Homewood families. On this Sunday, highchairs abound with small children dressed in their Sunday best. But Johnny’s certainly doesn’t require fancy attire; this casual-fare, meat-and-three restaurant has a come-as-you-are vibe.

We study the blackboard of offerings by chef Timothy Hontzas while waiting in line to order. They have a list of options served every day, as well as daily specials, several of which have a Greek twist. After ordering, we help ourselves to tea and soon, our order arrives to the table: chicken fingers, squash casserole, Parmesan grit cake, purple hull peas, and corn bread.

Three large pieces of boneless chicken breast are fried to a golden brown. The tasty chicken is crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. The grit cake is light and delicious. Fresh baby squash and little else make for a fresh casserole. And one bite of the peas brings back memories of shelling pinkeye purple hulls with my grandmother, which left my fingers as purple as the hulls. Tea and cornbread complete this comforting Southern meal.

Johnny’s is open for lunch every day except Saturday and is located at 2902 18th Street South Suite 200 (upstairs) in Homewood.

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