Y’all’s Wicked Kitchen brings a fresh, new vibe to the Cape’s breakfast and lunch scene.By Lisa Leigh Connors | Photography by Julia Cumes
After seeing social media posts about a hot new breakfast and lunch spot in South Yarmouth, I decided to check it out one Sunday morning with my husband and 8-year-old son. Located in the Yarmouth Shopping Plaza on Route 28, Y’all’s Wicked Kitchen is fun and vibrant with a Southern-inspired menu, hints of nostalgia and comfort food.
As we entered, the friendly wait staff greeted us at the door and told us we could sit anywhere. We settled into a table near the large chalkboard wall listing the daily breakfast specials: banana waffles with maple honey butter, meatloaf and smoked gouda omelet, and pulled pork benedict with homefries. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch, with suppers starting this summer.
We loved the decor—red-and-white-checked tablecloths, license plates from around the country behind the bar, trivial pursuit cards on every table, and game boards, such as Monopoly, Sorry and Scrabble, on one half wall in the dining area. The interior’s colors, red and black, are inspired by co-owner Sara Grambach’s alma mater—University of Georgia.
Owners Sara and Jason Grambach started working on the concept of Y’all’s Wicked Kitchen more than a year ago. With Jason’s bartending and managing experience at Chatham Bars Inn and Baxter’s Boathouse in Hyannis, and Sara’s background in marketing and communications, they had the right mix of experience to open their own restaurant. Sara, originally from Greenville, South Carolina, has been living and working on the Cape for 10 years, and Jason, from Tuscan, Arizona, for 20 years. “We were looking at a bunch of opportunities,” says Sara, “and this one presented itself at the beginning of September. We had everything together—we were just waiting for the right spot to open up.”
The restaurant stays true to its motto, “Classic Fare, Southern Flare,” by offering dishes such as chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, and pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries. Big Willie’s Big Country, with three eggs, three slices each of bacon, ham and sausage, home fries, one flapjack and toast, is one of their biggest sellers. The menu is inspired by Sara’s family recipes from her mother and grandmother dating back to the 1950s.
I ended up ordering the sweet and savory Monta Crista (a twist on the Monte Cristo sandwich), listed under Nana’s favorites: cinnamon French toast with American cheese, honey-baked ham and scrambled eggs, dusted with powdered sugar and served with handmade homefries and syrup. My husband ordered the pork hash and eggs special with homefries and my son ordered homemade waffles and a side of bacon. The delicious meals, cooked by chef Paul Grosse, were perfectly portioned and not overly filling.
After we finished, the bill arrived inside a brown paper bag lined with cardboard. It reminded me of the time when I was in grade school, when we covered our school books in brown paper bags. Y’alls Wicked Kitchen has the right mix of good food, friendly staff, nostalgia and comfortable atmosphere.
“We had talked about opening a business, getting married and then starting a family, and it didn’t necessarily happen in that order,” says Sara. “Here we are!”
Y’All’s Wicked Kitchen
1076 Route 28, South Yarmouth