Fans of Jefferson Park brunch and lunch spot Sassafras can now celebrate a second location, which opened at 320 E. Colfax Ave. this week. Housed in a space that has mainly been evening or bar establishments, owner Julia Grother says she was up for the challenge of finding success there, with the Southern-style menu executive chef Colin Mallet created.
And though the menu remains similar to the original, the tripling of space in this Capitol Hill spinoff means more room for kitchen equipment and the ability to add items like charbroiled oysters and frog legs. There are also more salads, and an expansion of mac and cheese and shrimp and grits offerings.
Another difference is having a liquor license, allowing for mimosas from fresh-squeezed juice and four bloody mary selections. Look for infusions like gin and pickled pepper vodka, as well as from-scratch mixes like the Sassafras, made with fresh herbs, garlic, horseradish, roasted tomatoes and garnished with bacon. For those who prefer an extra-spicy brunch cocktail, the Marie Laveau—named for the voodoo queen of the South—gets its heat from ghost peppers.
Sassafras is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.