Today wasn’t just a Saturday in December. It was Christmas Extravaganza Day. In layman terms, this just means that my best friend and I spent the day celebrating the holiday season through breakfast, special gluten-free/dairy-free treats, Starbucks lattes, and a trio of Christmas movies. Apparently our Extravaganza simply involved a lot of celebratory eating. The moral of the story is that it all started with breakfast at The Mason Jar. And, boy, does that place take their name seriously.
We walked in to find, surprise, surprise, mason jars! Mason jars hanging from the ceiling. Mason jars lined in window frames. Mason jars poised as centerpieces. Mason jars painted in paintings and framed on the wall. Mason jars, mason jars, mason jars! And when we sat down our waitress brought us cups of water in…mason jars! But then she brought us cups of coffee in coffee cups and menus all by themselves and the trend ceased. And just as I was having so much fun.
But the fun did continue as I slurped a smooth cup o’ joe and investigated the breakfast menu. The options were plentiful but I shed a tear when I couldn’t order the numerous choices of cupcake pancakes, coming in flavors of chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, and caramel. Swoon. Because I’m not lucky enough to be able to order those desserts disguised as breakfasts, I selected the Sundried Tomato and Leek Scramble ($9). And, though I pressured my breakfast companion to order the cupcake pancakes, she instead chose the Biscuits and Gravy ($9). After ordering, we took a peek beyond the dining area, only to find that the lovely Cupcake is attached to the venue – lucky us and lucky anyone who comes to this place! And while eyeing said Cupcake out of the corner of my eye, a waitress passed by and refilled my coffee cup, even though my cup was 3/4 full. What service, Mason Jar! Let this be a lesson for all venues in the world that serve coffee: this is the kind of service I like, and, well, expect.
After sipping my coffee that continued to constantly be refilled, our food came. And let me tell you: it looked delicious. My three egg scramble was loaded with sundried tomatoes, leeks, and spinach (it’s supposed to come with feta for you dairy-full folks). The scramble was packed with flavor from the leeks and the tomatoes and spinach within didn’t overpower the dish, but complemented it. The eggs were full-bodied and the perfect texture for someone who doesn’t like eggs that much (read: not too slimy but not too dry). The roasted potatoes on the side were perfect and plentiful. They were full of vibrant flavor and were deliciously browned. No salt or pepper necessary. And I ate every single one.
My breakfast companion’s breakfast was also pretty delicious. Her meal of biscuits and gravy came as a mixture of cheddar-green onion biscuits and country style sausage gravy and was topped with two eggs. This dish was super cheesy and super hearty, so much so that my friend compared it to the meal she had at Elsie’s. The egg yolk was kind of like a sauce that mixed with the cheese and the dense, bready biscuit. The whole thing also came in its own little skillet which kept it warm and allowed all of the elements to bake into one delectable mix of bread, cheese, gravy, and goodness. She also noted that the fact that Cupcake is attached to the restaurant is just a super awesome bonus. Because, as we all know, whether you’ve had breakfast, lunch, or dinner, an artfully crafted cupcake is always a welcome post-meal treat.
Though its name theme becomes a little over-the-top, The Mason Jar is a hidden suburban gem. A fast and enthusiastic staff will bring you quality food and great coffee in a lovely, mason jar-filled atmosphere. It’s worth a trip to Eagan, folks. And don’t forget to pick up a cupcake (from Cupcake) on your way out.
Coffee Quality: 8
Food Quality: 8
Quality of Service: 9
Menu Variety: 8
Overall Satisfaction: 9
Parking: lot available
Average Score: 8.3
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The Mason Jar
1565 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55122