The story of Barbara Jean, the little restaurant that could
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It took a while, but Jason Fullilove finally got his restaurant

Chef Jason Fullilove built a following through a series of pop-ups and residencies. Now he has a place of his own. He calls it Barbara Jean, after his mother. The fare, he says, is “soul food” — vaguely Southern comfort food made with fine-dining technique. 

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Hush puppies with truffle honey at Barbara Jean.

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Deviled crab

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Heirloom tomato with fig

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Mary’s farm chicken

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Sampler with ribs

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Chicken liver butter with smoked apple sauce and sourdough bread

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Black-eyed peas

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Barbecue pork agnolotti

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Fried okra

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Buttermilk biscuits

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Curry fried chicken

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Bacon braised greens

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Chef Jason Fullilove stands just outside the walled patio dining area of his restaurant Barbara Jean. The graffiti wall, facing the alley, is made to look on its other side like a quilt.

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