Every weekend, the rapture arrives in the Upper West Side in the form of a creamy, sausage-gravy covered fluffy buttermilk biscuit topped with melted cheese served with a side of hearty grits. Welcome to church, my fellow brethren, and if you haven’t yet accepted the love of Jacob’s Pickles into your hearts, I ask that you may join me at the table to convert your heathen soul.
Without a doubt, this holy aforementioned restaurant brings the Southern comfort food to the tragically desolate land of New York. And the masses know it – every weekend, the lines for brunch spill into the sidewalks, often racking up wait times longer than 1.5 hours. But unlike the DMV, the lines are always worth it. Instead of cranky clerks, you are greeted with a rustic ambiance, a waft of good ole cooking, and a cheery Southern hospitality.
Jacob’s Pickles ranks in the top 3 restaurant for me because it tackles a culinary niche that isn’t dominant in NYC and does it extremely well. Having visited perhaps 6 or 7 times, I have never had a bad experience. There was perhaps that one time Sonia and I fought at the restaurant, but amidst tears, we still wiped our plates embarrassingly clean.
Our favorites include:
- Sausage Gravy Smothered Buttermilk Fried Chicken: a delicious, milky, creamy gravy with herby ground sausage, poured over crispy, juicy chicken. What really pulls this one all together is the perfectly seasoned biscuit – it has just the right amount of salt, balance between crunchy and soft, and absolutely no dryness.
- BBQ Smothered Pepper Jack Chicken: topped over their delicious biscuit are their fried chicken, shredded cheese, and tangy barbecue sauce that, rather than overpower, complements the rest of the plate.
- Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese: this massive skillet full of ranch sauce, buffalo sauce, chicken tenders, and penne pasta is a masterpiece. If they are offering it as their special, order it and split, because it’s too big for one person to handle.
Huge potions, reasonable prices, and excellent service are why we always come back. Come early to avoid the lines!