Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jeffrey's and Josephine House Now Serving Brunch

Clarksville's Jeffrey's and Josephine House Now Serving Brunch
Jeffrey’s and Josephine House, the adjoining restaurants from Austin’s McGuire Moorman Hospitality that have transformed a corner in the Clarksville neighborhood, are now both serving Sunday brunch and accepting reservations for Father’s Day.

The ventures not only share a productive garden but also talent. At Josephine House, Chef Jen Jackson has taken the farm-to-table paradigm and infused it with neighborhood sophistication. The renovated cottage is casual yet stylish—white-painted wooden walls and a dramatic marble counter—and the lush lawn and shaded deck is dotted with dining tables. Brunch offerings from the marble counter include fresh baked pastries: Ginger Peach Muffins,  Bacon & Thyme Scones and pretty salads like Berries & Wheat Berries with Arugula  ($12).  The tiny kitchen sends out the Bacon Lettuce Avocado & Beet Sandwich  ($16), handmade pastas & ravioli, freshly baked desserts and homemade ice creams.  Sunday brunch is accompanied by great cocktails, the extensive Jeffrey’s wine list and Stumptown coffee.

The newly re-opened Jeffrey’s gives off a relaxed club vibe, and the extravagant brunch service starts with a visit from Alex Manley’s pastry cart.  The a la carte menu offers specialties like a  Croque Madame ($18) and a hearty 9 Grain Peach Pancake ($18). Steaks, dry-aged and cut by Austin-based Lone Star Meats, are grilled, roasted over local live oak and finished in a 1,200-degree broiler then served with farm eggs & sourdough toast ($35-$75).

Brunch drinks run the gamut, from perfectly executed classics: Bloody Marys ($12) &  Mimosas ($12), to crafted cocktails from bar man Josh Loving.  The cool & cush bar is open all day and selections from the full Jeffrey’s wine cellar are available.

Chefs Larry McGuire, Tom Moorman, Rebecca Meeker, Jen Jackson, Josh Hines and Alex Manley are creating a culinary standard of excellence in Clarksville.  The Jeffrey’s & Josephine House Sunday brunch will soon be an institution like the groups other projects: Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Café, Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon and Clark’s Oyster Bar.

Jeffrey’s is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 1204 W. Lynn, Austin, TX  78703. Josephine House is right next door at 1601 Waterston and is open 7 days 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 512-477-5584 or go to jeffreysofaustin.com or josephineofaustin.com.

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