Place: Jimmy Deans
Location: 3 The Crescent, Midland
Jimmy Deans is a throwback to the 1950s when James Dean sauntered onto the big screen with his brooding good looks that made the girls swoon. Whether he could act or not, well, thats for a different blog! The restaurant is fitted out with 50s memorabilia adorning the walls, booths to cosy up into with your hamburger and there is even a police car in case you decide to break out with inspired rebellion...although it probably wont get too far down the road given its sawn in half.
I would come to Jimmy's as a kid and I remember in particular loving the way the waiters would react to a birthday. They would bring out this enormous banana split or sundae for the birthday kid and then all the waiters in the room would jump onto stools and start bellowing happy birthday. The enthusiasm was so great that in general the entire room of customers would also join in with the singing. I really use to love Jimmy's!
A recent visit with my family though left me with a heavy heart. The menus havent been updated in 15+ years, quite literally the plastic they are printed on is falling apart, and the atmosphere...well, there just wasnt any. Unfortunatly the food was also quite lacking. It wasn't bad, still very edible, it just had no flavour. I ordered a Chilli Burger and fries. Portion size was great, if not a little large. But where was the chilli? The meat was cooked to perfection, beautifully succulant, so it was with great dissapointment that it held no flavour, no kick. Thankfully i had a refreshing banana smoothie to wash it all down with.
Wrap-up: Not a dive I would visit again in a hurry but if you are looking for an affordable place to take the kids then it would be worth the effort.