In 2010, co-owners Paula Pace and chef Ernesto Rado closed the 20-year-
old Las Olas Cafe and began again with partner Scott Kraft on a new
family-style restaurant: the Mason Jar Café. Together, they decided to
shed the fine-dining approach of the Las Olas address and set up shop
off Federal Highway in Oakland Park. The menu focuses on comfort food,
with the menu divided into cutesy sections with titles like “Supper’s
Ready” and “Eat Your Vegetables.” It’s stacked with childhood
favorites, from macaroni and cheese to homemade meat loaf and chicken-
fried chicken. Decorated with autumn-colored faux-flower arrangements
and decorative signs (such as: “Remember, stressed spelled backwards
is desserts”), the homey Mason Jar helps stress melt away. Try a
homemade dessert such as the frozen lemonade pie — refreshing lemon
mousse atop a graham cracker crust.
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My grandmother wasn't a great cook. She overcooked everything to death and absolutely refused to season with butter or salt. "You're having salt?!" she would ask, horrified, after catching one of us kids midsprinkle. I remember one ...
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