Our anniversary celebration began with jazz on the way to Jax Café. How fitting that the radio station was airing a special on Frank Sinatra, but even more fun was the fact that just as we were to get out of the car, we recognized the first few notes of “The Best is Yet to Come.” You see, this was the recessional that led us back down the aisle moments after being pronounced man and wife two years ago. We sang along and thought, “How clever of God to start the evening off with our song!” It felt like he was joining us for the celebration.
Jax has become our special spot since getting married there. We love the nostalgia of the place, the memories it holds and we love the food. I could do a review of Jax, but that somehow seems rather redundant. This northeast Minneapolis piece of history has been around for over 75 years – with good reason. The atmosphere is like stepping back into the 40s. The décor, the music and the attentiveness of the staff all speak of another era. In a nutshell, you’re likely to hear Dean Martin, Sinatra or Bennett as you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted like you’re a regular, and then you may want to order the best steak in town.
Just to whet your appetite: Brent and I enjoyed the calamari appetizer, he had the prime rib, I had rib eye and we shared the Bailey’s banana cake. Absolutely marvelous is all I can say, but then again we’ve never been disappointed in anything at Jax. Every detail of our wedding had been handled above expectation and every event we’ve celebrated there since has been no different.
Oh … perhaps you’re wondering how Bono fits into the evening? Well he probably doesn’t, or does he? As we were leaving Jax, I shot a photo of Brent in the entryway. He looked so cute and appropriately stylish in his fedora. Just then someone who looked amazingly like Bono reached out, graciously offering to take our photo. It actually startled me and I told him so. He said people often mistake him for the rock star. He claimed he was a photographer, not Bono, but if you take a look at the photo he shot you’ll highly question that. Wouldn’t it be just like Bono to offer to take our photo? Hmmmmm….