Jam — Lost in Translation or Continued Greatness? by Chef Shane Zimmerman
From Ukrainan Village to Logan Square, Chef Jeff Mauro’s re-opening of his popular breakfast and lunch spot, Jam, did not disappoint in the least. The shiny new digs, located a few blocks away from the Logan Square Blue Line, re-opened officially in mid-November to much fan fare. So hearing all the buzz around the ‘new’ Jam, I had to check it out. I went during Brunch service one Saturday morning and at first glance of the menu I wanted to try it all! I started off with a very good cappuccino and their scotch egg, one of my favorite dishes of all time, executed flawlessly. When I cut into it the egg was nice and runny and perfectly complimented by the frisee salad, a bitter and sharp contrast to the over-the-top runny egg yolk, fatty sausage and deep fried goodness. An amuse bouche in the form of a tiny carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting followed. Again, flawless execution, the cupcake moist and flavorful without being dry in the least. My dining companion and I then split our next two dishes, the egg sandwich and the pork liver terrine. If I hadn’t already had my egg fix, it was going to be satisfied in these two dishes. The egg sandwich (with two over easy eggs) started with a tender and flavorful shredded pork shoulder with creamy ricotta and a plum preserve that tied the whole sandwich together. My only minor reservation about the dish was the roll, as it slightly muted the components of the sandwich. The pork liver terrine was probably my favorite dish of all three, a perfect mix of fatty pork terrine, cut by the sweet and sour red cabbage, sweet unctuousness of the onion jam, and piquant note from the stone ground mustard. All atop a pretzel baguette and topped off with, you guessed it, two sunny side up eggs. All my favorite breakfast flavors rolled into one dish, it was truly a great dish. In addition to the great brunch, the service was very attentive and offered me free coffee refills. It was a truly unexpected and appreciated surprise. We finished the meal off with two scones to go (I had the pork belly and pequillo pepper scone which was fantastic).
With its fantastic menu, attentive service and inviting atmosphere, Jam is another great addition to the Logan Square dining scene. I will definitely have to try the lunch menu and the Blue Plate specials which rotate daily. Jam certainly has continued their greatness!
Jam Restaurant — 3059 W Logan Blvd Chicago, IL 60647 — 773.292.6011
Reservations: Not Accepted; BYOB: Lunch & Brunch; Price: $$ ($3-15) Cash Only