We originally reviewed Sassafras a couple years back, and we weren't huge fans. The food wasn't great, the service was slow, and the table next to us couldn't stop talking about the recent Kim & Kanye wedding. We know that part isn't the restaurant's fault, but the crummy service meant we had to put up with hearing that sh*t for an extended period of time; so it's relevant. All said and done, we dropped a 5.8 rating and resolved to stay far away.
And we did, until recently, when we started hearing the place had made some major improvements. Kim and Kanye might still be insufferable, but we're happy to report that things at Sassafras are much better.
Located in an old Victorian house with wood floors, stained glass, and picnic table seating, the aesthetics and vibe at Sassafras were never the problem. Nowadays though, that Southern charm is flowing through the food and service, too.
We're big fans of a lot of the new menu dishes (chicken fried eggs & bananas foster pancakes), and some originals (biscuits and gravies). And the staff make it enjoyable to hang here. Folks are still laid-back (don't come here in a rush) - that part hasn't changed. But the consistent attentiveness we were looking for when we first reviewed the place is now there, especially if you decide to make breakfast last until their 2:30 p.m. closing time.
Most things here will take time to get to you, but they're all worth it, and you're going to be treated right while you wait. Order some beignets, and use the time to let go of the stress in your life. Just like Kanye.
Gravies in this case means duck fat gravy. So prepare yourself. Rich and dense, but a must try at least once. Order to share, or clear the rest of your weekend. You won't be waking up for a while after an attempt to finish by yourself.
One of the better choices you can make here and a nice starter. The tomatoes are crispy and fresh and the Fresno chili hollandaise is solid.
A deep fried egg is a beautiful thing, especially when it's covered in spicy hollandaise and served over a bed of hash. Another must-order.
Dessert for breakfast is never a bad idea. Cinnamon rum cream cheese, fresh bananas, and maple syrup. Get one for the table.