Are there many things better than a late Saturday morning brunch with a friend? The answer you are looking for is “no.”
Recently, a friend and I headed over to Islander Seafood and Oyster House for a seafood filled brunch on a lazy Saturday.
The Islander is located in the northernmost corner of Maywood Mart shopping center facing the Frontage Road. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a seafood restaurant at the end of a shopping center, to be honest, but once I stepped through the festively painted aqua door, I felt like I had been whisked to the coast. The bright teal walls, colorful paintings and chairs, reclaimed wood furniture, and even a few Marlins mounted on the wall were perfectly fitting for a warm Mississippi Saturday morning. For a little while I was almost convinced the ocean was just outside the door!
Our waiter was one of the friendliest waiters I have had in a while. He greeted us with a smile and ice water. We promptly ordered coffee, a necessary ingredient for before-noon heart to hearts, and we scanned the menu. While “Traditional Eggs Benedict” is an option, the real draw to Islander are their seafood brunch items like their “Crab Quiche,” “Crabcake Benedict,” “Fried Oyster Benedict,” and “Spicy Crawfish Omelet.”
My friend ordered the Crabcake Benedict, a delicious layering of English muffin, housemade crab cake, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce. I stole a bite… or three, so I can assure you it is a delicious and rich blend of tastes and textures. Served with a side of “Grit Girl — Oxford, MS” Gouda Grits and The Islander’s signature potato hash with peppers, onions, and sausage. Important note: remember to come to this brunch hungry!
While the rest of the menu was sure to be amazing, one item on the menu caught my eye and demanded my attention—The “Shrimp Boil” Cheesecake. An Islander original, this concoction is exactly what it sounds like: a breakfast “cheesecake” using all of the delicious ingredients found at a shrimp boil instead of what would typically construct a dessert cheesecake! Specifically, the “shrimp boil” cheesecake contains: shrimp, red potatoes, corn, sausage, and spices all finely chopped, mixed with gouda and cream cheese for the “cheesecake” filling consistency. All of this is cooked in a breadcrumb lined dish (much like its sweeter graham-crusted cousin). The result is a hearty seafood breakfast at it’s finest! The Shrimp Boil Cheesecake – and all of the brunch dishes for that matter – are served with The Islander’s signature gouda grits and potato hash. I was lucky to finish half of my meal (to the delight of my husband who finished it off for me as soon as I returned home).
When we were not stuffing our mouths unceremoniously with The Islander’s mouthwatering food, my friend and I had a great chat about life in Jackson, our husbands, and where we planned to go shopping immediately after we ate. All in all it was a stereotypical and fantastic brunch! Best of all I had my EatJXN VIP Card so the entire meal was 10% off! It was a great morning at Jackson’s island escape! (Oh, and in case you were wondering, we went across the street to Inside Out to check out their current McCarty Pottery selection. It’s pretty good right now!)
Islander Seafood and Oyster House
1220 East Northside Drive, #100
Jackson, MS 39211