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MASON JAR FORT LAUDERDALE You have to love a restaurant that is full of good food but not full of themselves. My husband and I had an errand to run in Fort Lauderdale so we decided to look for an off-the-beaten-path lunch spot to break up our day. Enter The Mason Jar Cafe in Fort Lauderdale.
This gem of a spot serves dishes that I would label elevated comfort food. I fully realize that my description is somewhat of an oxymoron, but I’m sticking to it.
LUNCH AT THE MASON JAR CAFE
For lunch we shared a sandwich and a salad The sandwich featured fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, arugula, tomato and a garlic aioli on a baguette. The eggplant was cooked perfectly — which isn’t as easy as it sounds. Honestly, I’ve been served under cooked eggplant so many times that I consider it somewhat of a risk to order it. But this sandwich had everything. The crispy eggplant gave it both a crunchy and creamy texture, the baguette contributed a needed chew, the fresh cheese imparted the magic that only fresh cheese can bring to the table, while the arugula supplied dab of pepper and the garlic aioli married it all together. We opted for the Brussels sprouts with pistachios for our side dish which was an excellent call. The pistachios added a lovely texture and a touch of sweetness to the bitter-in-a-good-way sprouts.
We also shared a salad with roasted turkey, avocado, havarti cheese drizzled with a blackberry vinaigrette. I have to admit that I wasn’t as excited about the salad as I was about the sandwich but that’s not really being fair to the salad. How could it compete? I will say that all the ingredients were fresh and flavorful and if you are looking for healthy lunch option is was tasty and satisfying.
The Mason Jar is a friendly and comfortable spot. Plus, it’s quiet — which is unusual these days as many restaurants blast playlists making it nearly impossible to converse with fellow diners. Not so at the Mason Jar. This is a place for adults who appreciate wonderful straight forward food and enjoy a good conversation.
The dinner menu includes a classic burger with cheddar and crumbled bacon, meat loaf with brown gravy, country fried chicken, snapper in a lemon herb sauce, roasted duck with a honey and thyme glaze, rack of lamb plus many, many other options. (Visit https://themasonjarcafefl.com/menu/
for the entire menu.)
The Mason Jar Cafe is located at 3000 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-568-4100
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