The writer was invited to visit Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen and the meal was complimentary.
Five years in, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen continues evolving to adapt to the tastes of its guests. Last fall, proprietor Chris Cannon put his faith in Executive Chef A.J. Capella, who joined the popular Morristown restaurant in September 2019 and has become the leading under-30 talent working in a Garden State restaurant kitchen.
The Culinary Institute of America graduate was the winner of the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation 2017 Rising Star Chef Award, and has worked in some of the finest kitchens in the area including Uproot, under the tutelage of Chef Anthony Bucco; as Chef de Cuisine at the Ryland Inn under Chef Craig Polignano–his Jockey Hollow predecessor; and most recently, at A Toute Heure, where he was head chef.
Back in November, Jockey Hollow replaced its à la carte brunch menu with a spectacular new brunch buffet (note that items listed are subject to change to reflect the freshest ingredients available to Chef Capella).
Brunch is available on Sundays from 11 a..m until 2:15 p.m. in the Oyster Bar and features a variety of delectable dishes made with seasonal ingredients.
Buffet options include seasonal frittata, brioche French toast with seasonal fruit compote, banana bread pancakes, shrimp ‘n grits, crispy potato hash, breakfast turkey sausage, Nueske’s artisanal bacon, house-made cereal, house-made almond milk, bagels alongside house-cured salmon, two local organic seasonal salads, local cheeses, Greek yogurt, house-made granola, house-made desserts, fresh fruit, and more.
Guests can also stop by the carving station and the organic local omelet station.
Some of our favorites were the shrimp ‘n grits, the carving station with sliced-to-order local strip loin, and a seasonal local beet salad. The shrimp ‘n grits featured creamy grits with large perfectly-cooked shrimp.
The friendly chef at the carving station sliced juicy beef which I paired with horseradish. We also enjoyed some à la carte oysters on the half shell, which we highly-recommend diners order along with various other fresh seafood.
And a Beverage or Two
Of course it wouldn’t be a Jockey Hollow meal without some of the best cocktails in New Jersey or without fabulous wines, including a sparkling wine from Cannon’s own label, Cannoncru (read about this fantastic side project of Cannon’s).
Drink specials include $15 bottomless mimosas and half-price bottles of Champagne.
The cost of brunch is $29 per person (plus beverages, tax, and gratuity) and $13 for children under 12.
Prices and menu items are subject to change.