Our family just enjoyed a really great brunch at Jar yesterday. For the most part, we do all our special occasions in the family for brunch, because with two young pups, I can expect a pretty nice time at brunch (vs. a meltdown at dinner.)
Jar opens at 10 a.m. for brunch. If you haven't been there before, it's kinda non-descript from the outside, and we missed it the first time driving past. You enter from the side of the restaurant (by a very expensive valet - $4.75 when there was easily free street parking, but I'm sure it's a necessity at other times of day/week), and the interior is rather cozy, and very brown - wood paneling, textured patterned carpet, rolling chairs in a brown fabric, even the bathroom was tiled in brown. Sort of retro feel, but not kitchy in the least (though my kids did enjoy the big circle lights and wall decor.)
We had a big, round table for 8, and a high chair was available for my littlest one. Breads were brought out first - two plates for the table, each with a scone, raspberry/cream cheese danish, cinammon roll, and croissant. We devoured them. Most at our table had coffee & tea to start, a few had their delicious and very horseradishy Bloody Mary. Service was prompt, attentive, helpful, unintrusive, and kind. The service was well timed - at the moment I thought maybe we should ask for a little more pastry, our entrees arrived.
At our table, we enjoyed the chilaquiles in a tomatillo sauce with eggs scrambled, several orders of the pot roast hash, the spinach and gruyere omelet, a grilled cheese with fries, some eggs and a fruit bowl. Serving sizes were ample, but not gargantuan. Tastes went around the table, and our entire party was delighted with the food (which I don't think has ever happened.) The fries are especially good, and the fruit plate was piled with fresh berries and cut bananas (a huge hit with the pups.)
Desserts ordered were the apple crumb something, the sundae with caramel and chocolate sauces served in little sauce boats, the cranberry butter tart and some sorbet. Again, it all tasted great, nice portions, prompt service, and a candle came in the ordered dessert of our primary celebrant, which was nice. Often restaurants at a birthday celebration will bring you a candle in something the house picks, which is fine, but two desserts, even if one is on the house, is usually too much. None of the desserts were too sweet - well balanced flavors overall.
By 11, the restaurant was near to full, and some diners were eating casually at the bar. Dress is on the dressy casual side. I have no idea of the bill as we were treated to the meal, and a treat it was. This may become our special occasion restaurant from this point forward as nothing has come close to this good in all the meals we've had in recent years.
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