Geraldine’s Kitchen in downtown Jeffersonville is just the kind of restaurant owners Bob and Christa Hoyland like to eat at – cozy and cheery with delicious food made fresh to order. The couple’s favorite restaurants are locally owned places that offer friendly service and a great experience.
“We want our customers, like our motto says, to come hungry and leave happy,” said Bob Hoyland, who is the full-time cook at Geraldine’s.
The Hoylands had been looking at various business opportunities over the years, but the timing was never right. When they were introduced to former Wall Street Café owner Jerry Ramser last fall and heard he was ready to retire, everything fell into place.
“The timing, the location, the building – everything was what we wanted,” Bob said.
Since the restaurant’s opening in July, 2018, it has built a following of regulars who enjoy their breakfast and lunch offerings. At breakfast, which is served all day, the Big Daddy and their omelet selections are popular. At lunch, the burgers are a hit as are Bob’s rotation of homemade soups.
The Big Daddy – named after Bob’s middle school nickname – is three eggs, a double serving of meat, a hearty portion of country-style hash browns or tots, and a choice of pancakes, toast, or biscuits. It’s the type of meal that Bob would enjoy for breakfast himself. As for the omelets, it’s hard to say which is most popular.
“Customers love our omelets and that we have so many options,” said Christa. “They especially like that we have a half-size omelet and an egg-white option. Those were two things I insisted we offer because I know there are people like me who can’t eat a full-size omelet or who want a lighter breakfast with egg-whites.”
Lunch starts at 11 a.m. at Geraldine’s, and customers come for the salads, grilled cheese, sandwiches, and burgers. Just as it is at breakfast, everything is made fresh to order. The burgers are a third-pound of fresh ground beef that is lightly seasoned. Customers can choose the Just a Burger, which comes dressed with options to add cheese and bacon, or the Bluegrass Burger, which is a nod to Bob’s mom’s Kentucky roots and her time spent living in Lexington. That burger is topped with their own Bourbon Barbecue Sauce (sweet and tangy with a hint of spice and bourbon), creamy Havarti cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon.
Many of the menu items were inspired by Bob’s mom’s food or locations where she lived later in her life. The restaurant is named for her and the time her family enjoyed in her kitchen, where she loved to prepare comfort meals for family and friends. The It’s a Burgh Thing salad is a Pittsburgh salad with grilled chicken and French fries, inspired by Geraldine’s time living and working in the Pennsylvania city, for example. Bob’s soup selections are also inspired by his mom’s most popular items, especially her vegetable soup. Old-fashioned bean soup is another hit with customers, as is Christa’s chili recipe.
Families like the variety, the good portions, and the reasonable prices, including $1.99 kids’ breakfast options, and $2.99 lunch options.
New additions to the menu for winter include a Smoked Sausage Sandwich with Sauerkraut; the Seasonal Salad with cranberry goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, and sliced almonds; and the Roast Beef & Swiss. Also new are several 15-Minute Lunch Specials that cater to those working at nearby businesses who have a short lunch break. And for those who can’t get out of the office, Geraldine’s has partnered with Grubhub for delivery that begins at 11 a.m. and covers most of Jeffersonville and extends into Clarksville and downtown Louisville.
The downtown restaurant also wants to be known as a spot for events. Groups up to 35 people can reserve the back room on weekdays, and larger groups can reserve the entire restaurant after business hours. Geraldine’s also offers box lunches, party trays, large salads, and breakfast buffet set up for off-site events. Call 812-924-7707 or email email@example.com for carryout, catering or for information on reserving the back room or making a reservation for groups of eight or more.
“We love having a downtown Jeffersonville restaurant and getting to meet so many great people,” Bob said. “We’re happy to be here.”
Geraldine’s Kitchen is located at 402 Wall Street, Jeffersonville. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays.
Find out more at geraldineskitchen.com. You can also Like the restaurant on Facebook at Geraldine’s Kitchen Jeffersonville.ersonville.