Jimmy’s Famous Tavern may very well have the best juicy burgers in Orange County. But to say that’s all they are good at would not do them justice. Go for the burgers but stay and enjoy their salads and starters. Your tastebuds will thank you. I want to thank the staff at Jimmy’s Famous Tavern for sponsoring a tasting for Foodies.ai and the foodies at Eating Around So Cal.
Jimmy’s Famous Tavern’s chef recommended their Heart of Romaine salad to me which left my taste buds tingling. As implied by it’s name, the core of it is a whole uncut romaine heart. The brilliance of that form allows the romaine heart to be flash charred providing a pleasantly savory and slightly bitter taste to the lettuce. Works great with the flatiron steak. The romaine heart has to be cut and mixed before eating. The aesthetic presentation of the dish made me almost reluctant to cut this piece of artwork. It was well worth it though.
The core of a great poke dish is simple: quality of fresh tuna. This poke bowl is yuzu based with papaya so it has a tangy sweet taste to it. The serrano peppers add a welcomed kick to the dish. It comes served with slightly sweet, fresh-fried wonton chips and a healthy serving of avocado on top of the poke.
Since Jimmy’s Famous Tavern has great burgers, you’d think anything with beef in it would be wonderful as well. Your guess would be right. The Buffalo BBQ style meatballs were exceptional in size and taste. They hit the trifeca of taste points in meatballs: slightly sweet, a nice spicy kick, and savory consistency.
The mac and cheese have a sublime truffle taste with curly noodles.
For the main course and as hinted at the start of this post, I had Jimmy’s Famous Tavern’s namesake burger called the Jimmy Burger. It was the best burger I had this year thus far and perhaps one of the best burgers in the Brea area. The burger was 60% awesome because of the thick apple back, 30% awesome because of the superb medium cooked burger, and the remainder because of the melted polmetto cheese and sauce against the meat and bun. The burger in all its components worked in an orchestrated cadence.
For desert, I had an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich dubbed by Jimmay’s Tavern, Jimmy’s “Old School.” It is one hulking beast of an ice cream sandwich. The oven-warmed chocolate cookies with hot melted fudge are the secret behind this wonderfully decadent dessert. As the warm cookie melts the ice cream, the cookie holds up surprisingly well without crumbling, allowing you to slowly and fully enjoy this treat. Don’t know the recipe behind their cookie to make this experience possible, but there’s magic there.
Stop by Jimmy’s Famous Tavern with company for great burgers and great food and a homey atmosphere.
Jimmy’s Famous Tavern
Village at La Floresta, 3325 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92823