Mason Jar Pub
Mason Jar Pub: 1388 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Oakland Park, Florida 33334
The Mason Jar Pub is the sister restaurant of The Mason Jar Cafe, which we have reviewed before. It is one of my favorite restaurants, so I had high expectations for checking out this place. My friends Ed and Tom joined me on this venture and it was their idea for us to check it out. This was the old location of a Peruvian restaurant that went out of business.
There is a nice area for outdoor seating with a few tables. Upon entering you are greeted by the bar/counter area and then on the right-hand side, there is a handful of tables. While it is not a big area inside, it’s just the right size to stop for a quick meal. Their menu is a mix of sandwiches, about eight entrees, chicken wings, salads, and a few appetizers. The vegetables are the same ones you will find at the Mason Jar Cafe. They have kept the menu here simple which is part of the charm of this restaurant. These days too many places try to be everything to everyone, but Mason Jar Pub keeps it simple and I really like that.
The night we went, we were the only ones inside the place. I figured that this was not going to go well based on that. However, it was during Covid, and restaurants were still limited in their capacity. As we sat at our table eating our meals there were several people who came in for take-out orders. This made me feel a little better about our choice to eat here.
Ed decided to get the Mahi – Vera Cruz. A nice piece of Mahi was topped with capers, tomato, olives, onions. This is one of Mason Jar Pub’s signature dishes. The fish was cooked perfectly according to him. The mix of flavors seemed to meld with each bite. Ed chose the Brussel sprouts and Julian vegetables. It did not take him long to devour this plate.
Tom decided to go with the Salmon served with lemon butter sauce. Two lemon slices topped a perfectly cooked piece of salmon. I would say that even though the sauce added flavor to the fish, there was just a little bit too much on the plate. Half the amount they give would be plenty to enhance the palate. He decided to have the Brussel sprouts along with the cornbread. Mason Jar’s cornbread is made fresh and is the kind with actual pieces of corn in it. Tom liked how the bread crumbled as you ate it. He was not a fan of the sprouts as much but still ate them. They can be a bit bland at times. The salmon was flaky and cooked the way he wanted.
And finally, there was my dinner. I chose to go with the classic bacon cheeseburger on a brioche roll with your choice of cheese (choice of provolone, American or Swiss) lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I am not a fan of tomato and lettuce normally on top of a burger. but this time I decided to leave them on. For my cheese, I went with American which was yellow. I prefer white American over the yellow as I believe it has more flavor. The bacon was crisp and well done the way I like it. The burger itself was cooked perfectly to a medium-well temperature just as I ordered it. I have always been a fan of pickles and the one on here added extra flavor. The fries were a little disappointing. The shoestring ones that they have at their other location are much better. I believe the oil that they used is partially to blame for the taste. I have had others like that which are not my favorite. The seasoning that they put on them though is very good, so if they can change the oil type used to cook them in I think we would have a winner. Overall my meal was great though.
Pricing $$: Drinks might add a bit more to the bill, but overall you can eat here for less than $25. You can now order take-out and delivery using some of the apps.