Jimmy's No. 43

Perfect For: Late Night Eats

Jimmy's No. 43 was at one time an unknown to us, even though we watch sports at the bar directly above it now and again. One of our informants recently tipped us off to it, and it turns out that just below the street on 7th you will find a dark and cozy joint that feels like it's straight out of Eastern Europe. Welcome to Jimmy's.

Jimmy's is all about craft beers, both domestic and imported, and it's apparently a well kept secret that they also serve amazing food. The interesting part is that there is much more to Jimmy's than just that. A visit to their website sufficiently demonstrates their passion for not only beer and eating, but also for their community. You'll see that they frequently host awesome things like tap dancing classes ("tappy hour"), beer tastings, home brewing demos, and a local oyster night every Thursday. This isn't a bar, this is a community college for hedonists.

We've since stopped in for a few sessions of beer drinking and face stuffing, and the verdict is in, the food is indeed excellent. It's the perfect cold weather night out - a handful of beers, a hearty meal, and an early bedtime. We're glad we stumbled in ... it's going to be a long winter. Looking at the schedule of events at Jimmy's, we should be tapping our way to a master brewer certification by spring.

Food Rundown:

A nice starter or bar snack, these are toasted walnuts with honey and sea salt. They're sweet and salty, and a nice compliment to a beer you've never heard of.

Shoshito Peppers
Not what Jimmy's does best. We typically love the little Japanese peppers, but these are charred too much and the result is a mushy mess.

24 Hour Pork Butt
Wow was this up our alley. A incredible slow cooked piece of pork atop a small dice of apples, with some roasted potatoes thrown in for good measure. You can't ask for a better meal on a winter night.

Hanger Steak
A nice sized, well seasoned steak with scalloped potatoes and some greens. Definitely nice with a cold beer or three.

Shrimp & Grits
I feel like southern food is hot right now - we see shrimp and grits on more and more menus these days. This is a good one. The grits are perfectly done, the shrimp big and tender, and the crispy bacon on top makes it.

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