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Taste Buds: Food by Jane

January 9, 2014

The Buds have made a new friend.

She hails from Belmont and her name is Jane. And...WOW, can she ever cook!!

Thick Belgian waffles dusted with powdered sugar and served with orange butter..... loaded omelets... shrimp and cheesy grits...mussels in garlic butter....bourbon glazed pork chops....grilled salmon with roasted tomato and caper sauce....thick steaks topped with bleu cheese and lump crabmeat....the list goes on.

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Pancakes and sausage patties


Well, ya don't have to be, because all of this delicious goodness is available to everyone. We can ALL be friends with Jane!

Food by Jane, located at 41010 National Road in Belmont, opened in November and serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring homemade breads, pastas, soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty dishes. With daily specials and rotating menus, there is sure to always be something fresh and delicious awaiting patrons. Menu themes have featured southern comfort foods, light and fresh foods and Italian, Asian and Eastern European cuisine. Quite a tasty variety!

Upon entering the eatery, the Buds were immediately impressed by the upscale decor. Exposed ductwork, a trendy color scheme and pressed tin tiles wrapping the bar gave Jane's a modern, urban feel. Details such as silverware rolls in mason jars in the center of the tables and checks delivered in little galvanized buckets added unique charm.

The Buds made their visit during the late morning hours - just in time to still get breakfast. The breakfast menu at Food by Jane consists of a la carte items (eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, Belgian waffle, cereal, etc.) as well as various combination plates such biscuits with sausage gravy (yum!), steak and eggs and the omelet of the day.

Bud Em ordered pancakes, sausage patties and homefries from the a la carte menu, which rang in around nine bucks. She was a little concerned initially (being a lover of pancakes and all) that the two which constituted a serving wouldn't be enough.

HA! What a silly mistake, because they turned out to be the biggest - yet lightest and fluffiest - pancakes said Bud has ever eaten. Bud Em has long been baffled by folks who can make perfect flapjacks. She herself - after numerous failed attempts - has given up trying. How Jane's does it, we don't know, but WOW were they tasty! The sausage patties added the perfect saltiness to compliment the cakes and the homefries were crispy and loaded with flavor. What a delicious brunch it turned out to be!

Bud Shaunna opted for the omelet of the day, which happened to be a Western Omelet, for $6.99. The omelet was served with a choice of toast. What a great choice this breakfast was! The large omelet was stuffed full of fresh mushrooms, green peppers, and generous-sized chunks of ham and then topped with cheese. The ham was amazing! It was obvious it was fresh, not a diced lunchmeat, and it had a sweet taste. It also looked as if the ham had been browned prior to adding it to the omelet - that's just how Bud Shaunna likes to make ham! How did Jane know?

The piece de resistance for both Buds, however, was the Belgian waffle. After hearing the friendly waitress and then Jane herself tell us how delicious it was, the Buds wished aloud that we'd ordered one. But never fear! Jane to the rescue! She fired up the ole waffle iron and delivered to us a fresh, piping hot Belgian waffle topped with a pat of orange citrus butter.

Can the Buds do it? Can we eat breakfast AND each have half a Belgian waffle? Of course we can! We're professionals!

And oh, let us tell you, the extra indulgence was SOOOO worth it. We've never tasted a Belgian waffle like this before. It was so fluffy and light, yet it had substance and an unbeatable flavor. Alone the waffle was killer, but with a touch of the orange citrus butter, it was off the hook! Trust us - don't walk, RUN to Jane's for breakfast and order this waffle. You will not be disappointed.

The Buds were not disappointed either. In fact, we were so delighted with our experience that we plan to pay our new friend Jane another visit and sample something off the dinner menu. If it's half as good as breakfast, we'll be in for another treat!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader



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