Ranch-to-Table Brunch at Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

03.22.2016 by: Kerri Ratcliffe
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Located on far East Cesar Chavez, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile has garnered quite a following in the short year and a half that it’s been open. The restaurant is family owned and operated and boasts a menu of ranch-to-table cuisine with a strong focus on meat. All of the beef that’s used at Jacoby’s is grown on the Jacoby family farm and fed on Jacoby family feed - bringing the term “family affair” to a new level.

Situated along the Colorado River, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile’s rustic exterior and ranch-themed outdoor dining space is quick to draw people in, and the food and service brings patrons back time and time again. Having been for dinner before and thoroughly enjoying the Deviled Eggs, Shrimp & Grits and very popular Strawberry Cake, we decided to give brunch a try.

We arrived on a Sunday without a reservation and were seated within 10 minutes. We scored an outdoor table on a beautiful spring-like winter day in Austin, which was a huge bonus, since the outdoor space at Jacoby’s is something right out of a magazine. After reviewing the menu and ordering a mimosa (or two), we decided on the Pork Confit Fritters, the Smoked Short Rib Hash and the Cinnamon Roll.

Outdoor patio 

The Pork Confit Fritters, which are also on the dinner menu, are fried to perfection and filled with pork that’s cooked in it’s own fat (yum). There are three fritters in a serving and the dish comes with a side of creole mustard aioli and rosemary honey. Combining both sauces on each bite was the way to go.

Pork Confit Fritters

The Smoked Short Rib Hash came served on a beautiful handmade plate. The serving was large and filled with potatoes, caramelized onions, pickled peppers, a poached egg, a handful of arugula and a spicy hollandaise sauce. While I thought the dish could have had a more generous amount of short rib, the overall taste was fantastic.

Smoked Short Rib Hash

The Cinnamon Roll came out last and we treated it as our dessert. The roll was served in a large ramekin and covered to the top in a sweet pecan glaze. This tasty treat was just what we needed to finish our brunch off. 

Cinnamon Roll

When we went for brunch, the Mercantile was closed so we weren’t able to check out the artisan food or vintage goods. Head over to Jacoby’s soon to see why it feels like such an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. After your meal, be sure to take some time to sit in one of their comfortable seating areas and take in the view of the Colorado River. 


Outdoor seating area 

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile Official Website

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