Every detail of our dinner was delectable. The blackened scallop appetizer ($7.95) that we shared was incredibly tasty. Five large ocean scallops had been sauteed in an iron skillet, blackened just right and placed on a plate with a bowl of drawn butter and drizzled hot sauce. They disappeared quickly. Our dinners included a nice garden salad - mixed greens and cherry tomatoes with a slice of cucumber and a good selection of dressings. Fresh warm bread served with butter and olive oil also kept us happy while our entrees were prepared. And the main course was definitely worth waiting for. Monkfish is a fleshy fish that some might call tough while others might liken to lobster meat. I thought it was delicious, especially with the tart relish. My friend's rack of lamb, encrusted with rosemary, was very generous in portion, equal to at least five small chops, and a savory warm pink in the center. Both of our dinners were served with sauteed snow peas and rice with peas and diced carrots.
Somewhere during dinner Jimmy himself stopped at our table to make sure we were satisfied. Oh yes, very. I'd been eyeing the massive cakes swirling round in one of those diner-esque rotating dessert cases, I told him. He said his wife keeps trying to make him get rid of the case due to its un-fine-dining appearance. I think it's a nice retro touch. And seductive, too. Since he said the creme brulee was not ready, I tried a slice of five-layer strawberry cake (rich and sweet), and my friend had a slice of chocolate mousse cake (killer).
About an hour or so after arriving, we stumbled out of Jimmy's Too full of great food and the kind of satisfaction you get when you feel like you got a good deal. With nothing on the menu over $23, you don't need a special occasion to pop in here for dinner. Pasta, seafood, veal, chicken and beef are all reasonably priced and creatively prepared. We'll be back, for both lunch and dinner. S
1549 Parham Road., Ridge Shopping Center
Monday - Saturday
Lunch 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.