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“Great food, genuine Southern style”
Review of Mason Jar

Mason Jar
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Umatilla
Certificate of Excellence
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Near Philadelphia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food, genuine Southern style”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for a quick lunch on the way to somewhere else and were pleasantly surprised. The menu has a lot of variety but the core of it is good Southern food -- fried okra, country fried steak, biscuits, green beans with ham. We tried the hamburgers, fried chicken, and country fried chicken. All were great.

The staff was very good and friendly, and the prices are reasonable. I wish we had had room to try the peach cobbler for dessert but we were all just too full.

Visited August 2014
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2 Thank ToscaShopping
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English first
Sanford, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Ride with Friends”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Had a great breakfast. Motorcycle ride with 10 of us for breakfast. Food was excellent, service was quick and neat place.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank kastbrown
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“Great Home Cooking”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you're looking for reasonably priced home cooking, the Mason Jar is where you want to be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pies are also great!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Valerie B
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Tavares, Florida, United States
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the best place to get a chicken dinner”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

They have one of the best chicken dinner ever you will
enjoy this very friendly little place it on florida route 19 in Dona Vista ,fl just out side of Eustis ,FL

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Phillip B
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Mount Dora, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“You Can Go Wrong Even If The Name Is Cute”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

I was so excited to see a "southern style" cafe in Umatilla. I had visions of fried chicken, country fried steak, roast beef falling into tender pieces, spicy meat loaf, chicken and dumplings.....all the great things you used to be able to find in every tiny town in Florida.

We try to be fair, and recognize that every restaurant can have a bad night. We also read the experiences of other diners. We gave this restaurant our usual three attempts. It started bad and just became worse.

I just do not get it. I cannot understand how anyone could write rave reviews about this place. We did not eat a single thing that had not simply been re-heated or deep-fried from a frozen commercial product. I am positive that there is almost no actual fresh food passing through the kitchen. Most of the vegetables were canned. The potatoes were instant. The meat was cut, seasoned, breaded and flash frozen in some other state and shipped to the Mason Jar to be deep friend and plopped on a plate.

There were no standard southern type items on the menu......no collard greens, no chicken and dimplings....nothing that would announce that you were dining in a southern country restaurant. You could have this exact same menu in any location served by Sysco.

We tried breakfast and dinner and all three meals were uniformly dreadful. The staff is efficient, but there is a cult among the regular patrons and the staff. If you are new you do not get any of the charm.

Our final evaluation of this popular place is finished and we will not be back. The mystery to us is why anyone would go back.

  • Visited May 2014
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5 Thank Busy-retired
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