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#FoodWaterShoes #LocalInsiderTips: A Local Take on Denver, Colorado with Stephanie Miller, Founder of The Scenic Suitcase

Editor’s Note: Our #LocalInsiderTips interviews give you a peek at local gems and top travel tips from influential travelers in the know.

 

This week, we are chatting with The Scenic Suitcase’s founder, Stephanie Miller, who is based in Denver, Colorado. Stephanie loves exploring different countries like Australia, Cuba, Iceland, Poland, South Africa, etc. She shares her insider tips and travel secrets on her blog, where she passionately helps others with a serious case of wanderlust.

 

Stay Awhile - Linger in Denver, Colorado - Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase
Stay Awhile – Linger in Denver, Colorado – Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase

 

Best Local Food in Denver, Colorado:

Linger is one of my favorite places to eat downtown. It offers an eclectic menu of dishes inspired by every corner of the globe (broken out by region, so you can take your taste buds on a culinary tour). And the atmosphere is… unique, to say the least. Linger is housed in the old O’Linger Mortuary, so water is brought out in formaldehyde bottles and there are coffin ads in the bathroom. It’s even rumored to be haunted!    

 

Don’t Drink the Water in Denver, Drink a Craft Beer!

Colorado is home to some of the best breweries in the country, so you’re sure to find something to please your palate. Craft brews such as Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide, Crooked Stave and Dry Dock (just to name a few) are among my favorites. Not sure which one to choose? Then have a taste at the Great American Beer Festival, known as the world’s largest beer event. Cheers!   

 

Best Local Designer, Shoes or Fashion Shop in Denver:

I’m a sucker for great interior design. One of my local favorites is Atelier for its mix of different textures, colors, and patterns. Their spaces are charmingly familiar while being altogether unexpected. Every room they create is #decoratinggoals.   

 

Did We Peak Your Interest? - The Rocky Mountains in Colorado - Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase
Did We Peak Your Interest? – The Rocky Mountains in Colorado – Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase

 

Best Thing to Do in Denver:

You can’t visit Denver without a trip to the mountains! I recommend heading up to Breckenridge for its variety of shops, eateries and relaxing mountain vibes. It’s an easy hour and a half drive from Denver (and the scenery on the way up can’t be beat!)  

Estes Park is another cute mountain town just a short hour away. It has an adorable main street lined with shops and restaurants, as well as the Stanley Hotel (which was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining, as well as where movies like Dumb & Dumber were filmed.)

 

——Now Let’s Take This Interview Abroad—-

 

Stamp My Passport Again Please:

At the top of my (ever-growing) list is Cinque Terre, Italy. The colorful buildings perched precariously on the steep hillside are stunning, and the hiking trail that connects each of the five fishing villages is absolutely beautiful. The trail hugs the shoreline and offers spectacular views of the Italian Riviera. And for those who love wine, you’re in luck! The villages are surrounded by vineyards, so the wine is as tantalizing as the scenery!

 

Shop Small - Stephanie Miller Explores a Local Bazaar in Bali - Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase
Shop Small – Stephanie Miller Explores a Local Bazaar in Bali – Photo Courtesy of The Scenic Suitcase

 

Travel Experience that Most Left an Impression on You:

Something I will never forget was when I was shopping at a local bazaar in Bali. I was torn between two dresses and the shop owner, an elderly woman with deep wrinkles and a soft smile, was trying to convince me to purchase both. Even though I really didn’t need two, I finally agreed (because hey, why not?). She then enveloped me in a tight hug, patting my back and crying, saying “thank you, thank you” repeatedly in broken English. This small $18 purchase that was little to me, meant everything to her. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever.      

 

Dream Destination:

I’m desperate to get to Cappadocia, Turkey. Seeing the hot air balloons at sunrise and staying in one of the cave hotels has been on my bucket list for quite some time. And while I’m in Turkey I’d love to visit the Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Hopefully relations between the U.S. and Turkey will thaw soon so I’ll be able to go!

 

Favorite Travel Hack or Item of Travel Gear You Can’t Live Without:

I absolutely refuse to check my luggage anymore. Even on extended trips. It always comes back looking like it was tied to the landing gear and dragged down the runway (and that’s assuming it’s not lost!). So to ensure everything fits, I never leave home without my Rimowa Limbo suitcase with built-in compression straps and my Travelon compression bags. With them, I’m able to fit an astonishing amount of clothing into a small space, and I still have room for souvenirs!      

 

Connect With This Globetrotter:

Facebook: TheScenicSuitcase  

Instagram: @TheScenicSuitcase

Pinterest: TheScenicSuitcase

Twitter: @TheScenicSuitcase

 

Are you an in-the-know traveler on the go who has favorite local spots you want to give a shout out to? Send us an email at need@foodwatershoes.com and share your hidden gems with FoodWaterShoes.

Coffee… Because Mornings Are Brew-tal – Steam Espresso Bar in Denver, Colorado

Some mornings you need a jump start which is why folks based in Denver, Colorado are lucky they have Steam Espresso Bar. The easiest way to describe Steam (which opened just over four years ago) is to say that it is a neighborhood gem. Located on South Pearl Street the owner, Hani Yaafouri, turned a cute older neighborhood residence into what is now a bustling caffeine cafe. Yaafouri spent nearly six years working at Starbucks, so he knows his beans.

 

Bean Counter - Steam Espresso Bar is Always Bustling in Denver, Colorado
Bean Counter – Steam Espresso Bar is Always Bustling in Denver, Colorado

 

Steam Espresso Bar gets all of its coffee from local roasters like Boxcar Coffee Roasters. Boxcar, by the way, roasts its coffee on the front range of the Rocky Mountains and is based in Boulder and also has a Denver location.

 

Will Play for Caffeine IVs - Local Musicians Play Beside the Fuselage of a Plane in the Back Patio of Denver, Colorado's Steam Espresso Bar
Will Play for Caffeine IVs – Local Musicians Play Beside the Fuselage of a Plane on the Back Patio of Denver, Colorado’s Steam Espresso Bar

 

Travel aficionados (and little people) will love that the back patio at Steam Espresso Bar has a plane fuselage hanging out beside its tables. On the weekends you’ll often find musicians striking all the right chords with locals.

 

Java Juice - A Steam Espresso Bar Cappuccino in Denver, Colorado
Java Juice – A Steam Espresso Bar Cappuccino in Denver, Colorado

 

If you’re in the mood for something special, Steam Espresso Bar has a rich TCHO mocha and freshly baked goodies (like croissants and vanilla scones) from Izzio Artisan Bakery. No matter how you decide to espresso yourself, we’re fairly sure you’ll find something tasty that will make waking up just a bit more bearable at Steam Espresso Bar.

 

Steam Espresso Bar in Denver, Colorado
Steam Espresso Bar in Denver, Colorado

 

Steam Espresso Bar
Address: 1801 South Pearl Street
Denver, Colorado 80210
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 7:00am to 5:00pm
Phone: (303) 952-9716
Email: hani@steamespressobar.com
Pricing (All in USD): Cappuccino $3.25, Cortado $2.75, Espresso $2.50, Latte (16 ounce) $4.17, Macchiato $2.75, Pour Over $2.50, Tea $2.50 to $3.00, Juice $6.00

 

Boxcar Coffee Roasters *Two locations.
Address: 3350 Brighton Boulevard Suite 110
Denver, Colorado 80216 *Located inside The Source.
Phone: (303) 527-1300
Email: info@boxcarcoffee.com
Hours: Sunday Through Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm, Friday and Saturday 8:00am to 7:00pm

Address: 1825 B Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 7:30am to 6:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Izzio Artisan Bakery
Address: 185 South 104th Street
Louisville, Colorado 80027
Phone: (303) 657-6111
Email: info@izziobakery.com

This Could Get Sticky – Syrup in Denver, Colorado

The sweetest spot in Denver has a multipage menu crammed full of waffles smothered in just about every kind of sweet fruit combo you can imagine and loads of cheesy carbolicious goodness. Butterscotch, Kahlúa and apricot are just a few of the handcrafted syrup flavors you’ll find on offer at Syrup in Denver, Colorado. There is also an array of luxurious homemade butters available including pecan butter and honey cinnamon butter. Syrup was opened by a longtime barman named Tim Doherty who decided he preferred the early bird work hours of a breakfast joint over slinging drinks into the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Pour Some Syrup on Me – Tasty Syrup is Helping Define Denver’s Burgeoning Breakfast Scene

 

When you see “award winning” and “corned beef hash” on a menu, it’s tough not to roll with what the loyal brunch crowd often orders, but I was tempted to venture off into uncharted territory as soon as I laid eyes on Syrup’s magnificent breakfast pizza. What a thing of beauty it was before I scarfed it down. As soon as that personal sized naan bread arrived on my plate drizzled with bright pesto sauce, chorizo, roasted red pepper, onion, cheese and crowned with an over easy egg, I was sold.

 

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The Breakfast Pizza at Denver’s Syrup isn’t for Weirdoughs

 

…and don’t get me started on that side of smashed tater tots you see framing my pizza. Thankfully Syrup lets you swap out the arugula salad that’s served on the side for smashed tater tots. Syrup’s smashed tater tots are just pure rich buttery potatoey ridiculousness and they proved to be the perfect mop for the leftover sauce on my plate.

 

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One of Denver’s Sweetest Brunch Spots, Syrup

 

Truth be told you really can’t go wrong ordering at Syrup. From new classics like the Cherry Creeker (which includes Syrup’s afore mentioned award winning slow cooked corn beef hash topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce) to oldies, but goodies like eggs Benedict, just about every plate you see whiz by will inspire dish envy. Perhaps the only way you could really be led a stray is if you landed somewhere else for brunch.

 

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Syrup Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado

 

Syrup
300 Josephine Street Suite 20
Denver, Colorado 80206
*There are three Syrup locations in Denver.
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to 2:00pm
Phone: (720) 945-1111
Email: syruprestaurant@gmail.com
Pricing (All in USD): Appetizers $6.00 to $9.00; Pancakes, French Toasts and Waffles $9.00 to $12.00; Eggs Benedict $11.00 to $14.00, Omelettes $6.00 to $13.00, Other Breakfast Items $6.00 to $14.00, Burgers $8.00 to $14.00, Sandwiches $10.00 to $13.00, Soups and Stews $3.00 to $5.00, Salads $5.00 to $9.00, Sides $1.00 to $6.00, Signature Cocktails $6.00 to $13.00, Beers $4.00, Barista Brews $2.00 to $4.00, Other Beverages $2.00 to $3.50

A Trip Down the Real Candy Cane Lane – Hammond’s Candies in Denver, Colorado

Forty flavors, that’s how many different kinds of candy canes you’ll find neatly arranged in metal pails around Hammond’s Candies headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

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Hooked – Very Berry, Gingerbread, Birthday Cake, Wintergreen, Eggnog, Cotton Candy, Apple Pie, Caramel Filled with Crème, Sugar Plum, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cranberry and Blueberry Candy Canes

Clove, pumpkin pie, coconut and even milk & cookies are just a few of the quirky kinds of canes you’ll discover. Many of the canes are even filled with crème, chocolate, cherry, etc.

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Clove Candy Canes, Yep, It’s a Thing

There are also more traditional flavors. Hammond’s best sellers year round are peppermint, cinnamon and cherry. In the shop you’ll see candy cane trees, ribbon candies, candy stirrers for your favorite drinks, peppermints filled with chocolate and even tree shaped candy cane lollipops. In short, Hammond’s HQ is a veritable factory filled to the brim with fantastic sweets.

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What the Elf, Candy Cane Trees!

The factory tour typically lasts about 30 minutes and is kid friendly. (You’ll ease into the informative tour with a free candy cane and kids can snag a hat.) Unlike Charlie in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, you won’t need a golden ticket to satiate your sweet tooth. Hammond’s location in the Mile High City offers free tours Monday through Saturday.

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Sweet Gig – Confectioners Hard at Work on Candy Orders at the Factory

It’s wonderful watching Hammond’s expert confectioners heave, twist and pull giant batches of candy into lovely lollipops and other candy creations. The factory employs more than 120 candy makers.

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Candy Making Requires Serious Strength – This 70 Pound Block Will Make About 560 Pieces of Candy

Hammond’s sweet spot is making the largest and thickest candy canes in the world. Each year more than 10 million canes are handcrafted at the factory.

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Birthday Cake Candy Canes Are a Tasty Treat Any Day of the Year

Candy cane production runs year round. You’re just as likely to spot confectioners hard at work on peppermint, bubblegum and root beer candy canes in June as you are in December.

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Sugar Rush – Cinnamon is Added to a Fresh Candy Batch

Candy making at Hammond’s still closely mirrors many of the same techniques that were used when Hammond’s first opened in 1920. Red colored candy is naturally colored by beets. Batches of candy are a mixture of half Colorado beet sugar and half corn syrup. It’s heated up to a steamy 324 degrees in a large copper kettle.

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Sweet! Hammond’s Burns Through 2,500 Pounds of Sugar Daily Crafting Candy

Every piece is made by hand for quality control. It’s because of this artisanal element that during our visit in December, Hammond’s crew was already hard at work on their chocolate bunny stash in preparation for Easter.

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Snow Bunnies – Hammond’s Easter Bunnies Stand at Attention in December

In addition to candy canes, you’ll spy lollipops in fun flavors like caramel apple and watermelon.

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Sweet Escape – Grape, Pomegranate, Strawberry Banana and Pink Lemonade Lollipops

For chocoholics, there are bars in wild flavors like cinnamon horchata, devil’s food donut and even pigs n’ taters.

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Hammond’s Remedy for Chocoholics

Even grinches are likely to get stuck on something sweet at Hammond’s.

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Hammond’s Candies in Denver, Colorado

Hammond’s Candies
5735 North Washington Street
Denver, Colorado 80216 United States of America
Monday Through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm & Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Sundays. Factory Tours run until 3:00pm.
Phone: (888) 226-3999

You’re Going to Need a Nap After Brunch – Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

Maybe it’s because of Karl the fog. Or perhaps it’s because it’s always sweater weather in San Francisco. Whatever the reason, the list of epic brunch spots in the Bay Area is long. Over at Diane’s Bloody Mary in the Marina you can get a bacon wrapped date popped in your adult V8 juice. At Kitchen Story in the Castro you can chow down on millionaire’s bacon. (Yes, it’s a real thing and it’s spectacular.)

 

A stack of black t-shirts on display at Brenda's Meat & Three says, "No Grits, No Glory." Brenda's Meat & Three is a trendy breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner restaurant in San Francisco, California.
No Grits, No Glory – Brenda’s Meat & Three is a Trendy Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Spot in San Francisco, California

 

If you’re hankering for the best fried green tomato in town, there’s only one place to head in Silicon Valley and that’s Brenda’s Meat & Three in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood of San Francisco. The best seat in the house hands down has to be the counter where you’ll over hear first time patrons asking each other, “What did you order?” In addition to making fast new friends, you’ll also kind of want to just eat one of everything that’s on its way to the surrounding tables.

 

A breakfast dish of fried green tomato eggs Benedict with bacon and potato hash at Brenda's Meat & Three brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Baconfidence – Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict With Bacon and Potato Hash at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

Brenda’s Meat & Three is located a stone’s throw away from the city by the bay’s famed painted ladies, sandwiched between McAllister Street and Golden Gate Avenue.

 

A stunning Victorian painted home on McAllister Street in San Francisco, California. This one features stained glass windows and gorgeous hues of blue, teal, red, burgundy, black, navy, pink, yellow and gold.
The Other Painted Lady – Another Picture Perfect Victorian on McAllister Street in San Francisco, California

 

Chef Brenda Buenviaje (formerly head chef of Café Claude near Union Square and a consulting chef to Snooze in Denver which we also adore) hails from a small town called Harvey, Louisiana about fifteen minutes south of New Orleans.

 

A glass of watermelon sweet tea filled with watermelon slices at Brenda's Meat & Three breakfast and brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Autumn Time, Summer Mind – Watermelon Sweet Tea at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

In 2007, Buenviaje opened her namesake restaurant Brenda’s French Soul Food over on Polk Street in the Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness neighborhood.

 

A giant Magnolia Hams sign inside Brenda's Meat & Three restaurant in San Francisco, California. The sign inside this hip breakfast and brunch spot says, "Bon Voyage Shipping Company, San Francisco, California."
BAE – Bacon and Eggs – The Inside of Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

Brenda’s Meat & Three came along seven years later in 2014.

 

Clearly we’re big breakfast fans. Curious about some of the other crazy brekkies we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite brunch places in the world.

 

Andrew Bloom (of Foreign Cinema fame) serves as the restaurant’s general manager.

 

A breakfast / brunch plate consisting of eggs Benedict Creole hollandaise and pulled pork with cheese grits at Brenda's Meat & Three restaurant in San Francisco, California.
I Love You, Pig Time – The Eggs Benedict with Creole Hollandaise, Pulled Pork and a Side of Cheese Grits at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

Buenviaje’s menu consists of everything from a fried bologna sandwich on a toasted bun to overflowing po’boys and an astonishing list of as many as 20 different kinds of sides (like potato hash and creole fried chicken cutlets) that you can pick from.

 

A shelf at Brenda's Meat & Three restaurant is crammed full of jams, pickles and sauces in San Francisco, California. There are jars of hot pepper jelly, pickled okra, spiced strawberry jam and peach cobbler jam that you can buy at this hip breakfast / brunch spot.
That’s My Jam – Brenda’s Meat & Three Also Sells Its Jams, Pickle and Sauces

 

Vegetarian items (like cheese grits and cream biscuits) and vegan selections (like corn succotash and an okra and tomato maque choux) are also on the menu.

 

A glass of grandma's molasses black walnut iced coffee and whipped cream sits beside a metal pig statue that says, "Please Wait to be Seated," at Brenda's Meat & Three breakfast and brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Southern Grit – Grandma’s Molasses Black Walnut Iced Coffee and Whipped Cream at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

One of our favorite dishes that we tasted at Brenda’s Meat & Three is the beignet flight.

 

In addition to Brenda’s Meat & Three, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Brenda’s Meat & Three has four different kinds of beignets on its menu. You can opt for three each of the plain, chocolate filled, granny smith apple or the crawfish. We went for the flight which is a total of four beignets (one in each flavor).

 

The beignet flight at Brenda's Meat & Three breakfast and brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California. From left to right are the plain, the chocolate filled, the granny smith apple and the crawfish beignet all topped with powdered sugar.
Taking Over the World One Giant Beignet at a Time – A Beignet Flight at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

We weren’t exactly sure what to expect out of the crawfish beignet since we’ve never tried a savory beignet before, but it was delicious. If you go with the flight, we highly recommend eating the crawfish one first while it’s still warm. The granny smith apple is a bit like taking a bite out of fall. All of the beignets were yummy, but the apple one may have been our favorite. We’d probably still opt to go with the flight over three of the apple flavored beignets because getting a mix lets you really savor each of the flavors.

 

Clear plastic jars of spiced strawberry jam can be found at every seating area in Brenda's Meat & Three breakfast / brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Berry Nice to Meet You – Spiced Strawberry Jam at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

The flight is also the best option because the plain beignet makes the perfect vessel for you to slather Brenda’s Meat & Three’s delicious spiced strawberry jam on. There’s a little clear plastic jar of the jam at every seating area in the restaurant and you do not want to miss trying that gooey deliciousness. We have a savvy waiter to thank for that tip. (Thank you awesome man with the bear tattoo for cluing us in! 🙂 It’s worth noting that these beignets are no joke. Each beignet is about the size of your palm. That didn’t stop us from ordering the two amazing kinds of eggs Benedict you see up above in the post, but we figured we ought to at least give you a heads up that they are not wimpy little donut hole sized beignets.

 

A small glass of a mini strawberry mimosa at Brenda's Meat & Three's trendy breakfast and brunch restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Let’s Get Fizzical – A Mini Strawberry Mimosa at Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

Oh, and did we mention the mimosas? In addition to your regular run of the mill mimosa which is partnered with orange juice, Brenda’s Meat & Three also offers seasonal flavors like strawberry and peach. You can go with a small size or a larger portion (think full pint glass size). Whether you’re looking for comfort food or just want to stuff your soul with a tasty meal that will keep your stomach satiated well past dinner time, Brenda’s Meat & Three will keep you full and warm even during a chilly San Francisco summer.

 

An exterior street view photo of the outside front of Brenda's Meat & Three restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Brenda’s Meat & Three in San Francisco, California

 

Brenda’s Meat & Three
Address: 919 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Hours: Wednesday Through Monday 10:00am to 8:00pm *Closed on Tuesdays.
Phone: (415) 926-8657
Pricing (All in USD): Beignets $6.00 to $12.00, Gumbo $3.00 to $13.50, Eggs and Things $9.75 to $17.00, Griddle Items $10.75, Chicken Fried Steak $22.00, Fried Catfish $19.75, Fried Chicken $14.75, Sides $3.00 to $10.00, Creole Bloody Mary $8.00, Mimosas $7.00 to $15.00

I Think Therefore I Ham – Pig & A Jelly Jar in Salt Lake City, Utah

Thinking about pork engages all five of your senses: There’s the sound you hear when sizzling bacon cooks in a frying pan. The way a juicy pork chop tastes when it has been cooked just right. How a crispy piece of bacon feels when you first pick it up. The wonderful aroma of ham wafting in the air around the holidays and, of course, there’s the iconic visual image of a breakfast plate replete with eggs and strips of luscious bacon.

 

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Hambidextrous – Bacon, Ham, Pork Chops – Yep, They All Come From One Magical Animal

 

It’s almost hard to imagine that so many scrumptious bits come from the same critter.

 

Homer Simpson: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
Lisa Simpson: No.
Homer: Ham?
Lisa: No.
Homer: Pork chops?
Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

From the 1995 Episode of The Simpsons “Lisa the Vegetarian”

 

There’s a wonderful, magical place in Salt Lake City, Utah that knows how to cook up all things pig perfectly. Pig & A Jelly Jar is a modern diner specializing in southern style comfort food. All day long you can feast on breakfast and lunch items like ham hash and pork belly BLTs.

 

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Squeal With Delight – Pig & A Jelly Jar’s Creole Pork Belly Benedict

 

Pig & A Jelly Jar takes pork matters so seriously it even has a dedicated Pig Menu. The creole pork belly Benedict is sheer hog heaven. Pig & A Jelly Jar takes braised and shredded local pork belly and marries it with a side of baked beans and kale that are topped with a tomato creole sauce. As if that wasn’t enough food, the foundation of the meal is two fluffy biscuits and a side of breakfast potatoes.

 

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Pig Out – Pig & A Jelly Jar is the Place to Head to if You’re Achin’ for Bacon in Salt Lake City

 

All of the pig specialties from Pig & A Jelly Jar are served with a generous helping of breakfast potatoes cooked alongside roasted red peppers, jalapeños, onions, paprika, rosemary and a dash of salt and pepper. Pig & A Jelly Jar’s pork belly is amazing, but the flavors you get from those spicy potatoes combined with the beans and creole sauce will knock your socks off.

 

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Wing It at Pig & A Jelly Jar – Fried Chicken, Velvety Gravy, Biscuits and an Egg Make for a Serious Start to Your Day in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Since we’re gluttons we also order the fried chicken and biscuits. Like the creole pork belly Benedict, it also comes with two perfect buttermilk biscuits as well as fried chicken, whole grain mustard sauce, house made chow-chow and those delicious breakfast potatoes.

 

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Get Saucy with Me – Ordering a Side of House Made Chow-Chow at Pig & A Jelly Jar is a Must

 

Inquiring minds might want to know what this chow-chow is all about. First things first, it has nothing to do with fluffy lion looking dogs.

 

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Squeal of a Deal – You Can Take Jars of Pig & A Jelly Jar’s Chow-Chow Home

 

Pig & A Jelly Jar’s chow-chow tastes a bit like what I imagine kimchi on vacation in southern states might taste like. It has many of the same ingredients as kimchi, but its made with onions instead of cabbage.

 

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Jammin’ at Pig & A Jelly Jar

 

In addition to the fresh, from scratch menu Pig & A Jelly Jar serves up, you can also bring home chow-chow, tomato jalapeño, pineapple lemon rosemary, strawberry coconut and even their blueberry lavender jams and sauces home with you. Liz Butcher and the crew at Butcher’s Bunches over in Logan, Utah helps bottle Pig & A Jelly Jar’s jams.

 

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Instaham – Pig & A Jelly Jar’s Tasty Grub, Cheeky Tone and Fun Staff Makes it a True Gem

 

Besides the fact that the food is lip licking good, Pig & A Jelly Jar just has a plain awesome atmosphere and happy staff that are eager to assist you even when the place is slammed.

 

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The Upcycled Patio at Salt Lake City, Utah’s Pig & A Jelly Jar

 

In nice weather it’s tough to beat the outdoor patio crafted out of everything from saw blades to old bicycle parts. Whether you’re a Salt Lake City native or just cruising along I-80 on your way to Denver or San Francisco, Pig & A Jelly Jar is definitely worthy of a pit stop. You may fall into a food coma after Pig & A Jelly Jar’s bbq pork sandwich and a side of its fried green tomatoes, but perhaps that just the excuse you need to stay and explore SLC for one more day.

 

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Pig & A Jelly Jar in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Pig & A Jelly Jar
401 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 8411
*There is another location in Ogden, Utah.
Hours: Monday Through Wednesday 7:30am to 3:30pm, Thursday Through Sunday 7:30am to 9:00pm
Phone: (385) 202-7366
Email: thepig@pigandajellyjar.com
Pricing (All in USD): Pig Specialties $10.00 to $12.50, Staples $6.00 to $10.00, Three Egg Scrambles $8.00 to $9.00, Burgers and Sandwiches $8.50 to $12.50, Salads $4.00 to $12.00, Counter Bites $5.00 to $7.00, Desserts $4.00 to $5.00, Beer $2.00 to $8.00, Cocktails $4.50, Wine by the Glass $5.00, Bubbly/Fizzy Stuff $4.00

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