From early-morning eateries to cafes, Rhode Island has no shortage of brunch options. If it’s an OG breakfast-all-day diner you’re seeking, Jiggers in East Greenwich has been frying eggs and flipping pancakes since 1950. For a fresh take on brunch, a group of friends and I decided to motor over to Boston Neck Road to check out Jiggers South, an offshoot of the original owned by Karie Myers, in North Kingstown.
Upon arrival, we found ourselves taking in a bright, inviting space – the diner vibes of the original Jiggers traded for spaciousness and an open-air section beneath a covered patio perfect for summer days – with seating beneath umbrellas available, too. Inside is a grab-and-go counter with a selection of housemade baked goods and drinks. Enthusiastic service staff are happy to offer menu recommendations.
I was immediately sold on Jiggers South upon learning you can order breakfast and lunch all day. If you feel like a hamburger at 10am, go for it. Housemade corned beef hash after noon? You can do that too. And you know the ingredients are high quality because Myers works hard to source much of it from small businesses and farms, from local produce to Sauce on the Side hot sauce, Yacht Club sodas, and spices from Ocean State Pepper Company. Myers’ philosophy is to “use fresh, local ingredients to create unique breakfast and lunch meals made from scratch and served in generous portions.” She has that covered in spades.
My friends and I tried a little bit of everything – and each dish that arrived was a new favorite. We sampled three different Benedicts:
Smoked Salmon with cream cheese, capers, and avocado; a savory lobster variety with fresh meat that pairs perfectly with the creamy hollandaise sauce; and a Johnny Cake bennie with sausage, which stole the show for me. I was surprised by how nicely the cornmeal cakes melded with the sausage patty, and the eggs were poached just right, smothered in rich hollandaise sauce. This dish won a prize on the television show The Talk, and I can see why.
On the sweet side, we tried two types of stuffed French toast, both heaping with delicious fruit. The Apple Pie version came filled with warm cinnamon apples and topped with a dash of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. The equally irresistible Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast was complemented by a sweet blueberry compote.
With summertime approaching, Jiggers South has some new offerings in the works. They plan to expand their grab-and-go options, which are perfect for stocking up on for a beach trip. Watch for beer, wine, and cocktails arriving on the menu because IMO the only thing better than brunch with friends is brunch and drinks with friends!
640 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown
229-3950 • JiggersSouth.com
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