By: Jennifer Kornegay / Alabama Living
“I like playing with my food; I love trying new things and putting a new spin on classic dishes,” says J.P. Pendergrass, chef and owner of Gadsden’s JP & Son Café. With a rambunctious combo of bouncy zydeco tunes and the clinking forks of a full dining room in the background, he’s explaining the inspiration behind his eatery’s menu, which features a mix of New Orleans mainstays and his personal twists on the city’s culinary traditions.
And he’s not riffing on his own. As the restaurant’s name implies, his son Corrigan is beside him in the kitchen. “We play off each other with ideas, and we’re having fun,” Pendergrass says. “I hope we can build a real legacy here.”
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