Thursday, May 03, 2007

Restaurant Review: Jimmy’s Café

Jimmy’s Café
2028 Chestnut Blvd
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44223

There’s a secret to having a good, small restaurant. I’m going to give it away:

Take a page out of the Jimmy’s Café playbook, and limit the menu.

1. Pick a style. One you like. One that you can actually prepare well. In Jimmy’s case, it’s Louisiana.
2. With only one Chef, stick to things that can be prepared in bulk ahead of time: gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice, soups. Fill out the menu with a lot of varieties of po’ boy sandwiches – you can train somebody to prepare those - and serve up a mean iced coffee and Italian sodas.
3. Round out the experience with good service and quirky décor.
4. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Honestly, I’ve been to some restaurants with menus so extensive, you knew that they had some kid microwaving entrees from Sam’s Club.

We went to Jimmy’s to celebrate Boring Daughter #2’s 18th birthday on Wednesday. An eye opener. Mrs. Boring & I will be headed back, assuming we can figure out how to manage the chauffeuring and get there before the kitchen closes.

Most entrees, in the $9.00 range (the po’ boys, with a side). Most of the Boring Gang had the sweet potato casserole as a side, and raved about it. The Cole Slaw is also very good, kinda quirky.

This is the sort of place that should become an Akron area institution.

I didn’t make note of the hours, but as I recall, the kitchen closes at 7.30 M-T, but they are open to 10.00 on Friday and Saturday.

Cross posted: GABB