Jeffrey’s Bistro , 123 Ivinson, s one of the most reliable, long-term restaurants in Laramie. Its menu features standard American faire with a sprinkling of international flavors, and of course, award-winning desserts from Sara’s bakery. Although it might not seem as adventurous as Indian or Thai, the quality of ingredients, execution, and service at Jeffrey’s makes it worth the trip.
My friends and I wandered in to Jeffery’s last week looking for a light lunch on a hot day. The half sandwich and cup of soup combination includes several of Jeffrey’s most popular sandwiches. My choice, the grilled hummus with vegetables, was buttery, large, and very generously packed. Their vegetarian soup of the day was white bean and spinach. The broth had a velvety smooth texture, well-seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper. The beans and fresh spinach were both of good quality.
The corn crusted tilapia sandwich was indeed well-crusted, and the fillet was nicely cooked and rather large. For a heartier meal, the Siamese Chicken will satisfy both your savory and sweet tastes; tender white meat and crisp-tender broccoli spears are bathed in a very rich peanut-coconut sauce over brown rice.
No review of Jeffrey’s would be complete without discussing the creations coming out of Sara’s kitchen. Chocolate peppermint stick frozen torte has recently garnered attention from no less than the Food Network. The rich, generous slice they serve most likely needs to be shared around the table. Pots de crème is a small but rich vanilla custard generously dressed with unsweetened whipped crème and fresh blackberries. This is one of the lighter desserts on the menu, a nice complement to the large half sandwich and heart cup of soup I had. Every day also offers a special daily mousse and various cheesecakes; highlights from my visit included a classic chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate and orange cheesecake.
There is a reasonable selection of bagged teas and brewed coffee to complement your dessert course. It is unfortunate that Jeffrey’s has recently stopped serving espresso or cappuccino, as these richer drinks would serve as a great foil to such an expert dessert menu.
Though it does not bill itself as a vegetarian restaurant, practically a third of the menu is veg-friendly, and substitutions or omissions will cheerfully be made in the kitchen. The wait staff strikes a good balance between attentiveness and leaving you to eat your food in peace. Portions are quite large, though, so be prepared to take some of your meal home or share with your tablemates.
Overall, Jeffrey’s is a great place to go for hearty, reasonably healthy meals and decadent desserts; food ranges from comforting to slightly adventurous. The cooks are clearly a talented group; I only wish there were more light choices for those with smaller appetites. As a Laramie institution, Jeffrey’s runs like a well-oiled machine ready to accommodate a variety of customers with grace. The staff seems to take pride in their quality ingredients and inventive creations, and they should.