STORY & PHOTOS BY DINNER WITH DANNY
I have lived in Ellis County for 24 years. The last few years between Waxahachie and Midlothian. We have passed by Jimmy’s for years but never stopped to eat. That changed tonight and we won’t be driving past it any more. I can’t say why we never stopped before, but we didn’t. You will learn that Italian food is one of my favorites for sure.
Outside Jimmy’s has a very nice appearance. The building is newer and it sits on the north end of Downtown Midlothian. Walking in we were greeted right away. We got there for the early dinner crowd during the middle of the week. There was no wait and most people were wearing masks. We were shown to our table by a friendly young man who let us know our server would be right out.
A moment later our server, Jalyn, arrived with a basket of hot fresh bread (my weakness). He took our drink order and returned promptly with cold drinks full of ice. Jalyn stayed on top of the refills all night, and that takes a lot. I tend to drink about 15 Dr. Peppers like Forest Gump would. We also ordered some appetizers, fried pickles and their garlic cheese tomato basil bread. The pickles were good, the batter was just right, but they were a bit sour for me, my wife however LOVED them. The cheesy bread was the best part of the meal… until dessert, but I don’t want to spill that secret just yet.
The cheesy bread could make a meal in itself. The bread was excellent, just the right amount of garlic and tomato and plenty of cheese. The marinara sauce was homemade and you could see the chunks of vegetables in the marinara. Together, this combo was perfection!!
For my meal I asked our server, Jalyn, what he thought was their best dish. He suggested the Richie’s Special which consisted of spaghetti noodles, grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, garlic and onions in an oil sauce. While I would not normally order a dish like this, I was very pleased with it. I tend to lean toward the tomato based meals at an Italian restaurant, but I was very happy with Richie’s Special tonight. I would order it again.
My bride ordered the meat stromboli, which was stuffed with hamburger, sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, ham, salami and cappicolla. I have no clue which meat was the cappicolla, but the combination of all of the meats inside the stromboli crust worked well. The best part, more marinara dipping sauce. I actually tried some of the marinara on my chicken pasta and it was great.
By this point we were both stuffed and actually very impressed with the service from our young waiter, but also the other young people who were serving other guest. We noticed that the servers were all very attentive to their guest. They were all dressed nicely, seemed to enjoy their job and took care of their tables. We also noticed them working together well with each other. Helping to run out food to the tables and getting refills for other’s tables.
I overheard two of the servers talking about sports that they played in and it hit me, these guys know what it means to be a team and it shows. The food was good, it really was, but I think the service impressed us the most.
Now… dare we look at thedessert menu…. heck, why not?! We were full so we decided to share something. Jalyn suggested the turtle cheesecake and I’m so thankful he did. It was one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had. I wished the presentation was picture worthy, but it wasn’t. However, what it lacked in presentation it made up for in taste. When we left I realized that they had all of the desserts prepackaged by the register. Maybe we should have taken the cheesecake to go, or better yet, ordered another piece to go.
All in all we had a great experience at Jimmy’s and I will most definitely be going back. I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t given it a chance before, as much as I love Italian food. Go in and ask for Jalyn to serve you.
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Jimmy’s Pizza Pasta and Subs
300 N 8th St
Midlothian, TX 76065
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