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“Former Greasy Spoon Goes Gourmet”
Review of Jake's Restaurant

Jake's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 142 Restaurants in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
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“Former Greasy Spoon Goes Gourmet”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

When you think of a place that is considered a breakfast joint, rarely does the term 'fine dining' or 'gourmet' come to mind. But in the case of the newest version of Jakes, this is exactly the case.
Jake's is a long term fixture of downtown Northampton, and has been through several ownership changes in the last decade, but has always retained the nameplate of Jake's. They used to be known as THE late night hangout food source, sometimes open until 3 AM. It was populated by the rock n roll and artist crowd waiting for a quick bite before heading home. Food was standard, quick and cheap in price.
That was then. With new owners taking over, one may have not noticed any change at all in the restaurant. Until they take a glance at the menu that is. Owners Alex and Chris have given this place an astonishing makeover. I noticed that they had reopened in early 2012, and stopped in to see what the breakfast menu offered, expecting little to have changed. An astounding array of high end menu choices now populate their offerings. Like previous incarnations, this place can have some long lines to get in, and although you may have a wait, I assure you it is well worth it.
Recommended items are many. The french toast is honestly the best french toast I have. Each slice is a meal unto itself. It is difficult to make french toast that is both light and hearty at the same time. I know I couldn't do it. But huge thick slabs of toast that don't tip the scales to overload? Rare. Sometimes this is combined with strawberries, cream and local maple syrup in a confection that is almost too hard to describe and is equally hard to finish. Split this item with a friend.
My personal favorite is the sometimes offered Southwestern Benedict. Monterey Jack, Southwestern jalapeño cornbread, kale and hollandaise sauce smoosh together to make one delightfully gourmet breakfast experience. The cornbread and kale are ingredients in more than one of their offerings, unusual but fantastic. The Baystate Burro combines most of these ingredients in a burrito style, another fave.
Super fresh ingredients are the norm here-if it is out of season they don't carry it. Meaning blueberries are often not available for your pancakes. Is that a quibble or a compliment? Prices are reasonable for the quality, some are upset that super cheap breakfasts are no longer available. Let me finish by saying: if you are a breakfast fan, this place is a must visit location in Northampton!

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
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“Really Delicious Breakfast”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Went here for breakfast. Always a line and was curious. The menu was really creative. We had the nicest and extremely helpful waitress.

  • Visited April 2014
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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“Long Line A bit pricey & food is great”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Sometimes there is a long I mean long line for this great place. They serve breakfast & lunches & are open on Easter. If you have the patience it's worth the wait!

Visited March 2014
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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“Bad food good service”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

We've been going to jakes for a while it's always been bad lately although it's service is pretty good it's time for a new breakfast place

  • Visited February 2014
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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“Tasty chow; great service”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

As good as advertised. We popped in mid-morning on a holiday Monday, got lucky with an open table, and enjoyed a quick and hearty breakfast. We appreciated that the waitresses also acted as hostesses, were very attentive to guests the moment they walked in, advising how long/short the wait would be, and even offered a complimentary coffee for the wait.

We had been on the road for 90 minutes, so were ready to dig in, knowing ahead of time that the home-made hash was the way to go. Today's hash of the day was Pastrami and Swiss, and man was it good. I also appreciated the farm-to-table home-made mixed berry jam for the rye toast. Next time, though, I am definitely ordering the biscuits and gravy.

Can't wait to return, and highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
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