Food Fight: The Jagged Fork

. July 3, 2020.
jagged fork ann arbor

414 S Main Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-929-2402

Monday-Sunday 8am-3pm 

thejaggedfork.com

More Than Just Pancakes

Making brunch the most important meal of the day at The Jagged Fork

Please Note: Due to Covid-19, the restaurant’s hours have changed. Please visit their website for changes and restrictions. 

The Jagged Fork is a strong contender for those looking for a top brunch restaurant in Ann Arbor. With several locations in southeast Michigan, the eatery adds a hip, urban twist to classic breakfast favorites, creating a trendy and discerning restaurant scene.  

Trendy atmosphere

Many breakfasteries offer a relaxed, no-frills atmosphere, while serving eggs and pancakes, but The Jagged Fork presents a more refined, urban dining experience. Clean booths, large windows, and exposed brick give the feeling of a French bistro. Servers provide explanations of the dishes and ingredients, demonstrating a true love for the food. Located in the heart of the Ann Arbor food scene, the downtown feel is accompanied by a bit of a parking challenge.

Next level brunch 

The menu is extensive, divided into sections (pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, etc) to help narrow the choices. A number of unique dishes combine cultural flavors and styles with traditional breakfast foods. The Big House crepe ($14), stuffed with roasted vegetables, sour cream, cheese and over easy eggs, was creamy, soft and delicious. After starting with a LavAzza cappuccino ($4.50) served with a stick of rock candy and glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice ($6.50), the kids ordered Mickey Mouse Pancakes with chocolate chips and bacon ($8). A large fluffy pancake (as big as the plate and more than enough for a couple kids to share) ‘Mickey’ provided an epicurean thrill for the little ones who loved the bacon so much that they asked for another order. My husband and I shared the apple walnut french toast ($12) which was described by our server as “apple pie on a cloud,” which was an apt comparison, as fluffy, sweet cinnamon raisin bread served with apple walnut cream cheese and tender apple flambe, was divine. We also tried the breakfast tamales ($15): two chicken tamales topped with cheese, over easy eggs, rancho and verde sauce, sour cream and guacamole, all served over cheesy hash browns. One of the best brunch dishes, lifetime (!), the spicy salsa was a perfect contrast to the rich eggs, hash browns, guacamole and cheese, an amazing combination of  locally sourced Mexican flavors with American breakfast favorites.  

A breakfast of champions

The Jagged Fork offers an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch dishes combining a variety of sweet and savory culinary styles so everyone is sure to find something that they will love. One drawback, the dining area is so small that it would be difficult to accommodate a big group of people. We look forward to returning to the coffee bar for breakfast cocktails and to try one of the many salads, sandwiches, omelets and skillets that we missed….and maybe enjoy another bite or two of the Apple Walnut French Toast.  

The Short Course 

Kid-friendly: Yes.

To avoid wait: Avoid weekends.

Noise level: Relatively quiet.

Bathroom amenities: Clean unisex bathrooms but no changing tables.

Highchairs: Yes. 

Kids’ menu: Yes.

Anything healthy for kids: Healthy choices on the menu, but kids’ menu consists mostly of pancakes and eggs

Food allergy concerns: discuss with your server