Jeffrey’s Grocery might be a small restaurant, but their menu is packed with creative options, flavors, $1 oyster happy hour and a space filled with personality and jiving tunes. While they don’t take reservations, your best bet is to snag a seat at the bar with your plus one during brunch hours. Your bonus is the hospitality and humor from the bartenders. Jeffrey’s Grocery which used to run on only induction burners finally installed a full-size gas kitchen last year. While the menus have been updated, have no fear, the Lobster Spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce still exists on the dinner menu. For brunch, on the other hand, the menu really tears your brain apart trying to make a decision. They have a similar breakfast sandwich over at their sister restaurant next door Joseph Leonard’s although that croissant sandwich is served with sriracha brussels sprouts so it makes this one hard to order. Here the Roasted Squash Toast on multigrain bread and the Crab Biscuit Benedict with lobster hollandaise make for great hangover remedies. However, the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Compote and maple syrup are a jackpot to the face and have the perfect sweet to fruit ratio. Fluffy, dessert-like, cake-like and everything you’d want in a pancake exists right here.
Do not overlook the side game here at Jeffrey’s Grocery. That in itself makes a substantial and craveable meal from Smoked Salmon, Avocado Toast, Old Bay Fries, Potato Latke, etc. The huge ass bowl of fruit is any healthy eaters brunch surprise. You don’t get the cheap filler fruits and instead are presented with a heaping bowl of freshly cut strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apple. They give you the bountiful side of fruit you wish for every time you order at a breakfast place but are usually never guaranteed. I always crave eggs with smoked salmon and some sort of green to get my serving of vegetable in for the day. The Smoked Salmon Side with the Autumn Greens and Avocado Toast is the answer for that. The toast is great for sharing: creamy and crunchy. This is the kind of brunch menu that never gets old and only gets better with age and visits. It’s a safe spot to meet new friends, old friends, dates and for any kind of mood. At the end of the day, they are cranking out the kind of brunch food in the desirable, casual and local atmosphere that you need on a Saturday or Sunday morning after a long week of work. They also give you a gift for coming to visit and that’s a mini gingerbread cookie you can fit in your pocket for later. Don’t forget about Jeffrey’s Grocery.