July 7, 2011 – Jimmy’s American Tavern [CLOSED]

website here: http://www.jimmysamericantavern.com/

Pat says:  After a number of incarnations, this space on McKee Road has become Jimmy’s American Tavern.  Neil joined us tonight and promises to write about the Black & Blue Burger and fries that were his dinner.  We started with a small plate of lobster macaroni & cheese to share – creamy, less solid than expected for mac n cheese but tasty. Dinners come with a trip to the salad bar, and this is one of the nicer ones that I’ve seen for quite a while.  It’s narrow, so no reaching across a sneeze shield to get to the cottage cheese.  A variety of choices – two types of lettuce mix, sun dried tomatoes, potato & bacon salad, along with the usual ingredients.   I had Pasta Buttera for dinner – penne with creamy tomato sauce, Italian sausage, and peas.  At first bite, it was sweeter than expected. and for a pasta dish, it was lighter than usual, which was nice after a giant plate of salad.  Kevin had a pulled pork sandwich – smoked pork on a bun with a splash of bbq sauce.  He enjoyed it, but I’m only interested in pulled pork if it’s swimming in sauce before it hits the bun.  We had a terrific waiter – he asked the kitchen for a burger off the lunch menu for Neil, brought drink refills two minutes before we needed them, smiled, and paid just the right amount of attention to us during dinner.  Altogether, it was a nice dinner experience.  I’d definitely go back.  8 out of 10.

erin says:  I think all of us were pleased with our meals at Jimmy’s.  I chose the Stroganoff pasta, and it was very good.  It arrived with about 4 oz of sour cream piled on top of an already creamy sauce.  The beef tips in it were cooked to perfection.  The sauce was pleasantly beefy and had definite taste of brandy, I think.  I ended up taking about 1/2 of it home to eat the next day for lunch.  My pasta also came with the salad bar.  I thought the salad bar was ok.  The blue cheese dressing was watery and there was some flavor in the potato salad that I didn’t like.  The salad bar did have some different options, so maybe next time I will choose better.  I tasted Pat’s pasta, and there was some sweet spice in it, possibly in the sausage.  It could have been cinnamon, but I’m not sure.  I agree that the service was attentive.  We were seating right inside the door from the entryway to the dining room, and I was facing the entryway, so I don’t feel like I got a good idea of the decor, but the 5 of us were in a generously sized booth.  I think it is a nice addition to Fitchburg.  We will probably be back.  8.5 out of 10.

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