If you like hard working people who are relentless in their pursuit of excellence, you should eat at the Mason Jar Cafe.
I found out about this restaurant by accident. Some of the snobbiest people I have ever laid eyes on were chatting about the restaurant, and they could not stop talking about it. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that these people had discriminating taste. I had to see for myself.
The snobs were right: the restaurant is buzz-worthy.
The Mason Jar Cafe has a lot of what I like: great service, a commitment to high quality ingredients and a husband-and wife team committed to serving the best food in the area.
A husband and wife team, Jayme and Abel, opened the breakfast and lunch restaurant in Benton Harbor’s Arts District. According to my waitress, the space used to be a sign shop.
And the husband and wife used to work for other people.
But they saved their money, dreamt of opening a place that served customers organic food and fresh ingredients and brought their dream to life in the comfortable, centrally located Mason Jar Cafe.
Both husband and wife have years of experience in the restaurant industry. Having worked for other people, when they opened their own restaurant it was important to them that the menu feature as many local and organic products as possible.
To my complete delight, the restaurant has gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. I’ve visited twice and had a great time chatting with the staff about the area’s newest breakfast spot (they actually enthusiastically provided all of the info for this story!). Many of the staff members worked with the couple in the past, and came to work at the Mason Jar Cafe to support them–and because they were excited about its fresh menu concept.
I can recommend the quiche, the gluten-free pancakes, huevos rancheros and the waffle!
To check out what other people are eating, click here.
When you walk into the restaurant, you can immediately see a flurry of activity in the kitchen. The dining room features custom built dining tables and a chalkboard frames the center of the space, detailing specials.
I like the cosy space. As the restaurant gets a little more established, I’d love to see them add two or more tables for two diners. Currently, all of the tables seat four diners, and I felt horrible taking up so much real estate as a solo diner on my first visit while others waited for tables. Again, the place just opened–but as it evolves, the addition of one or two smaller 2-seater tables would be great.
address + phone number.
210 Water Street
Benton Harbor, MI