Do you live in the Salt Lake City Utah area? Are you craving comfort food? Especially breakfast comfort food? I will admit, Salt Lake City does NOT have a lot of choices for comfort food as other big cities might, but thankfully there’s at least one good comfort food restaurant. It is known as A Pig and a Jelly Jar.
A Breakfast Comfort Food Focus
A Pig and a Jelly Jar is not a full menu comfort food restaurant as you would see in Atlanta or Charlotte, but they have enough. They do serve Fried Chicken and Waffles, one of my favorite comfort food dishes. They do serve biscuits and gravy, Fried Chicken and Biscuits, and gravy fries. They do not serve mac & cheese, collard greens, nor corn bread. So I wanted to get that straight. Below is a snapshot of their menu of what they do serve.
Fried Chicken and Waffles
Irina, Ariana, and I all ordered our own fried chicken and waffles as that is what we were in the mood for that day. Bella, our picky eater ordered gravy fries. The fried chicken was made from chicken breast. It was cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and full of flavor, just the way fried chicken should be. The waffles were cooked very well, I am often disappointed with pancakes and waffles at restaurants as they are often overcooked and dry. Not at A Pig and Jelly Jar, their waffles were baked well and tasted good even by itself without syrup or butter. On top of the waffle was a sunny-side up egg. The two sauce cans contained maple syrup (of course), and Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce.
You can choose how you mix your syrup and/or hot sauce, but I like to keep the sweet with the sweet and the savory with the savory. I poured the syrup over the top of the waffle, and the hot sauce over the top of the chicken. I don’t eat the waffle and chicken in the same bite. I like to take a couple of bites of the chicken, and then switch to a couple of bites of the waffle, and back again until I finish. Some people like to eat them all together, it’s really up to you.
The level of service is top-notch. All the workers in the restaurant are super friendly. We were greeted by the friendly cashier when we came in. She was helpful, gave us suggestions, and was very pleasant to deal with. We paid for our meal upfront, along with the tip. It does take a bit of time to get your food from the time you order, but I normally don’t look at that as a negative. Great food takes a long time to cook. So we hung out, talked, and played with our phones. Once we received our food, the workers asked us how everything was tasting throughout our meal, and when we left we were treated well again and they wished us a great day.
Comfortable and cozy are the two words to sum up the atmosphere. There are couches to relax in if you want to stray away from your table for a bit. There is music playing in the background, and the place is not too huge, so you feel like you are a guest in someone’s home. This is at least what we felt in the Holladay location. There are 3 locations, one in Downtown Salt Lake City, another in Holladay, and another in Ogden.
Based on our experience, we would give this restaurant a 5 out of 5 stars. When an eatery goes above and beyond in all categories, they get a 5 out of 5, and A Pig and Jelly Jar did just that.