Pig & A Jelly Jar
401 East 900 South, Suite A
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Monday – Sunday, 7:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday dinner, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
The newest venture by Meditrina Small Plates & Wine Bar founders Amy Britt and Jen Gilroy, Pig & A Jelly Jar is a fresh eatery serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and a three-course dinner on Sundays in the west Liberty Park neighborhood.
After driving by Pig & A Jelly Jar and rattling the doors a few times in hopes that they’d feed me something amazing, I was thrilled when they finally opened. I ate there on their first weekend. The food that day was good, but it was obvious that—not surprisingly—they needed to work out some things. Possibly the best part of that meal was when “Fuck The Police” came on over the PA. I’ve never seen a restaurant owner move so fast.
Now, a few months later, the kinks are worked out and Pig & A Jelly Jar is on its way with a hip, friendly menu and a full-to-capacity dining room, at least on Sunday mornings. Fare here includes Monday-through-Friday blue-plate specials (Meatloaf, Pot Pie, Fish and Chips, etc., $9), the usual salad suspects (Caesar, Spinach and Cobb, $7-$9), and a variety of Frittatas ($8-$10) and sandwiches ($8-$9), crafted in the increasingly popular farm-to-plate model of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Their take on Chicken and Waffles ($10) is good, but not my ideal. The waffle is crispy, the chicken is moist and nicely fried and the syrup provides a sweet counterpoint as it should, but this is a dish that should be more than the sum of its parts, and I’ve yet to find that outside of New Orleans.
The house-made sausages are delicious in their fresh simplicity. The Spicy Italian Sausage is very spicy indeed, while the Breakfast and Chicken Apricot Rosemary sausages are mild, but all are tasty and, surprisingly, are not overly salty. Being fresh, they don’t require salt as a preservative, which allows the ingredients to shine. A side of breakfast sausage is $4, while the Spicy Italian and Chicken Apricot Rosemary are both available as grinders ($9). The Chicken Apricot Rosemary grinder involves too much bread that’s a bit too dry, even with a smear of delicious aioli. The side of twice-cooked French fries, however, is divine.
The Spicy Italian Sausage also makes an appearance in the Italian Three-Egg Frittata ($9), which is served in an adorable, tiny skillet. A side of sliced, fried potatoes is good, but not as tasty or crisp as the fries. Three eggs is perhaps one egg too many, with so many other ingredients—a neighboring diner ordered his with only two eggs, which, in hindsight, seems like a good idea. Luckily, all breakfast and lunch items are made to order, and the staff seems happy to fine-tune your dish if asked.