Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 945 : Brunch at Jacob's Pickles

The Upper West Side is not want of brunch spots that's for sure -- there's your classic diners, your upscale dining experiences, the neighborhoody joints, the new places that are trying to stand out from the crowd, you name it, you can find it on the Upper West.

One of my favorite new-ish places in the neighborhood is Jacob's Pickles. Named after the owner, Jacob, and inspired by Southern cuisine but with locally sourced ingredients and an extensive beer selection, house cured pickles and homemade biscuits, it is a warm and inviting spot with a rustic feel. 

The brunch menu is a mixture of Southern classics, biscuit sandwiches, egg based dishes and much more.

We of course had to start with a selection of pickles : sweet & spicy carrots, sour green tomatoes, thyme jalapenos, and their sweet and sour pickles. Looking for a wake-me-up on a Sunday morning, definitely have a jalapeno -- it is guaranteed to make your eyes water and stimulate your senses. In the mood for something less in your face, their homemade sweet and sour pickles were to die for -- fresh, crunchy and flavorful -- these will bring a smile to any pickle lover out there.

But what of their non-brine orientated options?

I had their Veggie-Cheese Omelette with egg whites of course. The omelette was composed of mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes and aged Vermont Cheddar. Traditionally served with home fries, I instead had their mixed green salad. The omelette was delish -- not heavy handed as you can sometimes find in traditional brunch cuisine, each vegetable was allowed to sing and the cheese added the perfect creamy touch. You could truly taste the rustic meaty qualities of the mushrooms and the vegetal herbaceousness of the asparagus and the spinach along with the bright juiciness of the tomatoes.  A great start to a rainy Sunday morning.

A welcome addition to the dining options of the Upper West Side -- welcoming and friendly with reliably satisfying food and drink. But know if you are going for brunch, go before Noon if you want to avoid the wait. 

Jacob's Pickles
509 Amsterdam Ave

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