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Liver Mush Breakfast at Jonathan’s in Matthews NC

Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 07:19 AM

Easter morning we headed to Jonathan’s of Matthews for an inexpensive, basic breakfast. My host planned our arrival well. Stepping inside around 9:30am, the crowd waiting for tables had thinned out as groups turned over of families dressed in their Easter finery for church services.
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I’d been curious about the Carolina specialty, liver mush, and found it on the menu here. Here’s a photo of the Liver mush country breakfast, two eggs with home fries and biscuits, $4.15. I also had OJ and a small side of gravy for my biscuits.
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I liked the well-browned, crunchy crust on the fried slices of liver mush. The mush actually had more liver in it than I was expecting, guess I thought the composition would have more starchy filler. Yet, I liked the mild spicing and texture. Biscuits at Jonathan’s were decent and the milky gravy wasn’t too salty or greasy. Yet, I’ll say the best bite on my plate was the home fries mingled with the gravy. Those potatoes were completely different than what I expected. Rather than skin-on, chunks of potatoes fried with savory bits that I’d be served at home, these home fries were small waxy cubes of potato with some crushed bits fried to a golden brown and then folded over like an omelet. Hash browns or grits were also an option here, but I’m glad I took the advice of the teenager in the family to get the home fries.

Black swan in Jonathan’s pond.
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Jonathan's Restaurant
10630 Independence Pointe Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105

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  1. Sue in Mt P RE: Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 07:46 AM

    What, no grits! I love livermush.

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      Melanie Wong RE: Sue in Mt P Apr 25, 2011 08:08 AM

      I'm holding out for old-fashioned, non-quick, stoneground grits. I noticed 'em on the dinner menu at last night's place, but don't know where else to find them.

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        Sue in Mt P RE: Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 09:14 AM

        You should able to easily find those! If not, detour to South Carolina and I'll fix you some.

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          Melanie Wong RE: Sue in Mt P Apr 25, 2011 02:53 PM

          One of my friends said I needed to taste the cheese grits at Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC. Unfortunately, not possible this week.

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          Hominy Grill
          207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

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            mikeh RE: Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 05:01 PM

            Hominy Grill uses the same recipe for shrimp & grits that was originally conceived by the late Bill Neal at Crooks Corner in Chapel Hill, where it is still served. Hominy Grill's chef, Robert Stehling, learned it while under Neal's tutelage. But I guess you won't be swinging by Chapel Hill this go-around, and they're closed between 2 and 5:30 on Sundays...

            http://www.crookscorner.com/

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            Hominy Grill
            207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

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              Melanie Wong RE: mikeh Apr 29, 2011 08:30 PM

              NPR and WUNC have been my traveling companions as I criss-cross the great state of North Carolina. 900+ miles so far. I've heard the promotions for a special dinner at Crook's Corner multiple times . . . I'll get here some day.

              In the meantime, I had some lovely oyster stew over cheese (stoneground) grits in Beaufort.

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              Crook's Corner
              610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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              lynnlato RE: Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 05:52 PM

              I can't say I'm a livermush or liver pudding fan. But I was raised in the heart of PA Dutch country so scrapple is more to my liking. More pig parts and cornmeal than liver. But fried with a little maple syrup - yum, it's soooo good. Damn, now I want some!

              Melanie, check out New South Kitchen in the Arboretum if you get the chance (on Hwy 51/Pineville-Matthews Rd). Chef Chris Edwards makes a mean biscuit and some delicious shrimp and grits (stone ground).

              Enjoy your visit!

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              New South Kitchen & Bar
              8140 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

              1. re: lynnlato
                Melanie Wong RE: lynnlato Apr 25, 2011 08:36 PM

                Thanks for the tip. I think I saw that place when we went to Harris Teeter today. But I start the march to the sea early in the morning and will miss it this trip. Wish I had time to try all the great recs that the fabulous 'hounds on this board have shared with me.

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                Crook's Corner
                610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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                  lynnlato RE: Melanie Wong Apr 26, 2011 04:06 AM

                  Well, in that case, safe travels Melanie! Enjoy the ocean. Perhaps you can score some fresh Carolina shrimp, or some soft-shelled crabs - mmmm.

                  Hit us up next time you're in town!

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