Try delicious southern brunch at SugarJam in Scottsdale

Dana Dumas had a love for baking. Throughout the years, she has created, explored and tested different recipes for the ultimate dessert. Back in 2002 while living in New Jersey, she created a sugar cookie that just melted in her mouth. The flavor was rich, the texture soft with an intoxicating aromatic smell. She decided to take her creations out for a test drive; her friends, family and co-workers all fell in love.

But then, she relocated to Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and her focus shifted. Fast forward to 2011, and her passion has returned!

Now, you also try her delicious brunch options! There is Buttermilk fried chicken tenders and french toast, Savory waffle’n country fried chicken breast, Creole shrimps, Salmon croquettes, Pulled pork and many more mouthwatering meals. It’s all so so delicious!

As the business grew, Dumas realized it was time for a bigger space, 5,300 square feet to be exact, which she found at the current restaurant which debuted in January 2021.

She said:

“Luckily, I already had loyal customers who followed me down the street to my new location. So I took the plunge on a bigger space, but I counted on that business and it ended up working out really well.”

She also recently added frozen treats made by Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams to her offerings, served from an ice cream trailer parked outside. Ice cream flavors include peach cobbler and bourbon pecan, infused with SugarJam’s house-made pies. Sassy Cones makes artisan waffle cones to hold the ice cream, with flavors including original, red velvet, peanut butter, and chocolate. YUM!

A weekend visit means a rowdy crowd, dancing and singing along to pop and rhythm and blues. The dining room is packed full of patrons enjoying their brunch while the DJ sets the lively and celebratory tone. Some tables are occupied by families with small children and others feature friends sipping on mimosas and margaritas.

If you prefer calmer vibes choose weekdays as they provide a calmer atmosphere where the focus is on the Southern brunch food that made SugarJam so popular, with cherry and bourbon pecan pies to boot. Ray Charles plays in the background.

Dana added:

“I just want everybody to come in, eat some home-cooked food, and have a good time. Grab an art print from the market or a scoop of ice cream after your meal. We have something for everybody.”

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: 480-948-6210


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