By Tatum McIsaac
School vacation week was coming to an end, and I was desperate to get out of the house with the kids. So after some grocery shopping and overdue haircuts, we headed to lunch at the Jolly Bean Café in Plymouth. Talk about a hidden jewel.
The name Jolly Bean speaks for itself. We walked into a buzzing atmosphere where all the staff members were cheerfully taking lunch orders and greeting return visitors. The place, I could quickly tell, has a strong following. Business men stopped in to grab lunch, while moms with their kids in tow sat in comfy leather chairs to catch up on local news and gossip.
The quirky twist to all this: Jolly Bean is located in an industrial park behind the TJMaxx and BJ’s Wholesale Club shopping plaza off exit 5 from Rt. 3 in Plymouth. Nestled among buildings that house excavating companies and a carpet remnant shop, it’s easy to miss and hard to just happen upon. I was there on a recommendation from a friend, but also because I had driven by on my way to other hidden treasures along Camelot Drive including Claychick and Hearth Wood Fired Bread Bakery.
The restaurant, which also offers catering, features breakfast sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, made to order panini’s and baked goods. Plus, there’s a slew of specialty coffee drinks that change flavors with the seasons, or any other variable that might inspire the creativity of owner Amanda Roy. Fun twists abound, from unexpected sandwich combos (try the Twisted Reuben featuring pulled pork, or the Roast Beast which pairs roast beef with Boursin cheese, red onion and spinach) to tip jars that dub as fun polls. With prices ranging from about $3 for a cup of soup to $8.50 for a killer sandwich, you’ll likely have leftover cash to cast your vote and say thanks for the friendly service.
I highly recommend making a trip for breakfast, lunch, or both. Open Monday-Saturday from 7-3, back to back visits are apparently pretty common. At the table next to us, the four people were laughing over how they had been there for lunch the past five days straight! I’m not sure I have the luxury to visit the Jolly Bean every day, but I’ll certainly be there again soon. Hope to see you there!
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Tatum McIsaac is a south shore resident, self-proclaimed foodie, and mom to two kids who actually like vegetables! She works full time in corporate communications, but loves spending her free time perusing farmers’ markets, scoping out local eateries with her husband, and cooking for her family. In addition to her posts on the eSS&SC blog, you can read her New England restaurant reviews at Good Taste by Tatum.