Review: Jim Dandy Family RestaurantAuthor: EatHSE | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Noblesville, IN
Jim Dandy Family Restaurant
2301 Conner Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal of the day and I am always on the hunt for places that offer something out of the ordinary. I have driven by the retro looking Jim Dandy in Noblesville countless times and decided to take my family to give it a try. I am 35 years old and on this morning, I was at least twenty years younger than the rest of the customers. A busy breakfast on a weekday morning is usually a good sign. As I sat and observed the surroundings, it was clear that many of the retired customers were on a first name basis with the waitstaff giving the environment the welcoming small-town feel. Service was outstanding throughout the visit with my coffee never getting less than half full.
A breakfast bar? Yes, for $5.00, you could have eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and a variety of other choices. Although perfect for evaluating a lot of food, we arrived near the end of the breakfast bar hours and fresh food was no longer coming out so I passed and went to the menu.
What We Got:
Denver Omelet $5.99 + $1 for Hash Browns
The Denver is one of just a few specialty omelets on the menu and all omelets come with a choice of pancakes or an English muffin. I did not want either and would much rather hash browns be one of the options for $5.99 but chose the English muffin in this case. The English muffin was clearly toasted on the griddle to perfection and went well with my coffee. In comparison to most breakfast restaurants, the hash brown serving size was small but was thin and had the perfect crispy like crust that make hash browns one of my favorite breakfast foods. The omelet was also thin the way I like it and had plenty of green pepper but not so much that it overpowered everything else. The ham used seemed of lunch meat quality, yet it still worked. I like how Jim Dandy puts some of the ingredients on top of your omelet to sort of dress it.
The only big problem I had with the food was the cheese used. It is clear from the squares on top that Velveeta-like American processed cheese was used both on the top and on the inside. I quit eating that kind of cheese years ago and the amount inside made my omelet taste like a Velveeta green pepper omelet and that is not a good thing.
Bacon and Cheese Omelet $5.99
My wife chose her own combination which allows for up to two ingredients that she enjoyed and would buy again. Of particular note, this omelet had complete strips of bacon placed inside the omelet. I like this much better than the bacon bits that become hard or crunchy like you sometimes experience at other restaurants.
Pancakes with Syrup and 5 strips of Bacon $3.99
The pancakes were huge, came out steaming hot and were grilled well with a nicely browned on the outside. The syrup must be the cheapest stuff they can buy and I would have gladly paid an extra fifty cents for thicker syrup that did not taste watered down. I am not sure I have been anywhere where you get four-to-five strips of bacon in a meal for $3.99. An excellent value and my two young daughters demolished this meal with delight.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, we will be going back to Jim Dandy. If no cheese alternative is available for the omelet, I will go for some of the other well priced menu items or hit the breakfast bar. Yes, they even have a loyalty card that gets you a stamp for every $5 you spend getting a free meal after $50. I have also heard the fried chicken is good and would like to give it a try. Overall, service was excellent and the value was high for a small family to have an affordable breakfast. I am fearful that as their aging customer base passes away, so will the remaining few local diners in favor of chains that lack character and that small-town local appeal that Jim Dandy still maintains long after the end of its drive-in years many years ago.