Sherman's Food Adventures: Jimmy's Lunch Box

Jimmy's Lunch Box

This post is a long time coming.  No, it isn't because I was anxious to visit Jimmy's Lunch Box.  Rather, I went there awhile ago but never got around to posting it.  No matter, nothing has changed and that is pretty much the nature of the restaurant.  It is a consistent place with good portions and very reasonable prices.  There is a particular Korean influence to the joint and it shows in the menu.  We ended up in Maple Ridge because we were at Wild Play and needed some eats nearby.  Turns out that we weren't the only ones because there was a lineup out the door.
So about that Korean-influence...  We had the Bulgogi Skillet with 2 poached eggs, beef bulgogi, onion, mushroom and cheese on hashbrowns and sourdough toast.  So this was rather hearty with lots of tender thinly sliced beef.  It was mildly seasoned where it was sweet and savoury.  Hashbrowns were shredded and still crispy while the poached eggs were runny as evidenced in the picture.  Overall this was more than enough food and quite good.
Something a bit more usual was the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with avocado, tomato and feta cheese.  Not sure if my son omitted some of these items since he isn't one for veggies...  But it was overall a solid benny with runny poached eggs and nicely toasted English Muffin.  Hollandaise was a bit mild in flavour, but it did the job.  The side of hashbrowns were golden brown and crispy.
Now something that was not usual was the Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich.  Yah, it sure didn't look like a sandwich, rather it was more like a salad.  This featured a poached egg, balsamic drizzle and feta atop smoked salmon and spring mix.  Then underneath this, we had tomato, avocado and basil pesto on sourdough.  It was definitely a fork & knifer and ate like a salad.  Nothing usual where it was pleasant enough with complimentary ingredients.
So for myself, I had the Crispy Chicken Burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo and honey mustard. Essentially, this was constructed out of 2 big chicken strips.  Pretty standard stuff, but the chicken was tender and the batter really crunchy.  Produce was super fresh and appealing in texture while the bun was nicely toasted and soft.  Nothing particularly interesting about this burger, yet it was non-offensive either.
For the side, I chose their famed Wonton Soup.  Huh?  Wonton soup???  But this is a diner...  and a Korean-run diner.  Hey don't judge because this was one solid wonton soup, albeit the pork variety.  First of all, the wontons were delicate and full of tender well-seasoned pork.  Secondly, the broth was super flavourful with lots of sesame oil.  Lastly, this was a huge bowl for a side to the burger.
Just for kicks. I also tried their Cheeseburger with a side of fries.  Once again, it had all the produce and it was fresh.  The beef patty was moist while nicely seared.  Again, nothing Earth-shattering, but it was a solid burger.  Fries were starch-coated and crispy.  Good value for $11.95.  Now this pretty much encapsulates what JLB is all about.  Nothing that will blow you away, but it is solid diner food that is well-priced.  Wonderful people running the place to boot.

The Good:
- Well-priced
- Solid diner food
- Nice people

The Bad:
- Maybe could've done a house-made fried chicken patty instead 



tony said...
--- meh, an earth shattering $20 for a burer with fries.
add tip/tax and it all adds up to screw this place.

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