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Friday, September 20, 2013

First Look: Jax Cafe in Benton Park

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       Pretzel sliders with balsamic brisket. | Mabel Suen
  •        Pretzel sliders with balsamic brisket. | Mabel Suen

With Jax Cafe, Hale eschews the standard chef lifestyle to leave more time for his family, trading in late hours for a breakfast and lunch menu served during the day. Though the courses and concept sound simpler than what Hale has worked with in the past, patrons can still look forward to subtle touches of elegance in his eclectic comfort food offerings.

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       Truffle fries with shallot aioli, rosemary sea salt. | Mabel Suen
  •        Truffle fries with shallot aioli, rosemary sea salt. | Mabel Suen
       The bar at Jax Cafe. | Mabel Suen
  •        The bar at Jax Cafe. | Mabel Suen

Early morning options include chorizo and Spanish rice filled breakfast burritos ($9); hazelnut pancakes ($7) with meyer lemon crème anglaise and brown sugar brûlée; and a chicken biscuit ($5) with clover honey, fried chicken breast and Sriracha butter.

For lunch, look for truffle fries ($8) with shallot aioli and rosemary sea salt; a beef hot dog ($8) with tomato jam, pepperoni, sauerkraut, onion marmalade and bourbon mustard; and lobster mac and cheese ($14) with a bread crumb topping.

The humble dining room at Jax Cafe seats about 50, with a patio that can seat around 24. Local art adorns the walls, and thousands of pennies make up the surface of the bar. Jax Cafe's current hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with brunch served on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out its full menu via the Jax Cafe website.

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