Moab has some great spots for breakfast. One of my favorites is the pink adobe Jailhouse Cafe on Main Street in downtown Moab. The location was once the old jailhouse in Moab’s golden Western days, hence the name.
I was joined by my friend Lisa from Taste Cook Sip. We were seated at a table and our server was quickly over with coffee. As we looked over the menu, we settled on three entrees for just the two of us, simply because we couldn’t decide on just two plates.
I ordered the Jailhouse Chorizo Scramble – three eggs lightly scrambled with seasoned potatoes, strips of white corn tortillas and chorizo sausage. The plate is topped with jalapenos and served with sour cream and housemade fresh salsa. My eggs were seasoned well and the dish definitely had a kick. It was especially good with the homemade bottled hot sauce.
I also ordered the soul food style bacon on the side. This is how the menu described it – “Inspired by a delightful soul food restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village, this bacon is as yummy, thick and salty as it gets. If you’re gonna have bacon, you might as well go all the way.” I kid you not, some of the best bacon I have ever had.
Lisa tried the Southwestern Eggs Florentine, a twist on the traditional eggs benedict. Two poached eggs with steamed spinach on an English muffin topped with a spicy hollandaise sauce and chipotle sauce. Again, seasoned well with a kick. Spicy but not too spicy.
We both had been eyeing the Swedish pancakes with ligonberries so we decided to split an order. The pancakes were light and airy, more crepe-like than heavy pancakes. Ligonberries are a great accompaniment to the pancakes, slightly tart, slightly sweet.
The restaurant is spread out over three buildings, the main original jail houses and indoor dining room and the kitchen and there are two screened-in dining rooms on two separate porches. I felt like I was dining in a treehouse.
The Jailhouse Cafe is a very popular place, especially on the weekends so expect to wait for a table. However, the food is absolutely worth the wait and the service is quick and friendly. An easy five out of five sprouts.
For another great breakfast in Moab, try brunch at Eddie McStiffs.