After hearing about and eyeing this place for some time, I finally tried out Jacob’s Pickles last Sunday. My sister, Lilly, and I decided to treat ourselves to brunch before church, and while the food did leave me quite sleepy for the Easter service, it certainly did not disappoint!
Lilly and I arrived at around 9:45am, just making it in before the mid-morning rush. Jacob’s Pickles is located on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 86th street, a comfort food haven by day and a bar by night. The interior had an old-fashioned, rustic feel to it, with an entire wall with shelves upon shelves of beer. It is definitely a casual place, suited for eating, drinking, and hanging out during any time of the day.
Both of us were absolutely ravenous that morning, so we ordered a substantial amount of food. First, we started with the pickled goods; after all, that was what the restaurant was known for. We ordered a plate of pickled eggs (curiosity got the best of us), and also the hot and sour cukes.
The eggs were okay, nothing out of the ordinary. Imagine dousing some hard boiled eggs in vinegar. That’s actually how I usually eat my hard boiled eggs, though, so I did enjoy these but it was nothing new. The cukes (short for cucumbers, I just realized) were face-contortingly sour yet somehow really good. When I took a first bite and reported to Lilly, “Mm I like these!” she raised an eyebrow and said, “Yeah it doesn’t look like it based on your facial expression.” Upon trying it herself though, she had the same reaction…in conclusion we decided that it is impossible to eat a pickle without looking like you are in pain, no matter how much you like it. Anyway, while I enjoyed these, they weren’t too different from a typical dill pickle and could be a bit spicier. We found that they were best for pairing with the main dish:
Both Lilly and I ordered the biscuits with sausage gravy and eggs. This was amazing. Just thinking back on it makes my mouth water. The biscuit was warm and slightly sweet, reminiscent of corn bread. It was soft towards the center with crispy edges, managing to soak in the egg yolk and flavorful gravy while keeping its bread-y texture. The sausage gravy was literally perfect. Eating this dish with a bite of hot and sour cuke magically adds a whole new dimension. Full disclosure: I had to stop myself from licking the plate after I was done.
Yeah, definitely not a winner in the aesthetics department. But oh man, this was so delicious. Lilly and I polished off everything. Price-wise it is not bad at all. For the appetizers and two entrees, our total came out to around $30, and our hunger was more than satisfied. Definitely come for the biscuits and gravy, if nothing else. Skip the pickled eggs. I highly recommend this place, and anticipate coming back in the near future, perhaps in the evening to check out the bar atmosphere. Just be prepared for the impending food coma.