makes a splash with casual, fun dining
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published July 27, 2005
Bar and Grill
27200 Detroit Road
Reservations accepted, but not necessary. Open for lunch and
dinner daily. Breakfast served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Bar and Grill, the former James Dominic's restaurant, seems to be
making a big splash on the West Shore with its new casual, fun concept.
Owner Jim Chillemi decided to return to a more casual menu to capture
some of the area's late night bar business. If the clientele present
on either of our two recent, mid-week visits is any indication,
then he has developed a crowd pleaser. The bar was full on both
occasions. The dining room and patio were also bustling. No doubt,
the complimentary happy hour buffet, served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
on Monday through Friday, is a draw. Once patrons settle in and
get comfortable, they seem to stay. There are also daily bar food
specials like sausage stuffed peppers on Monday for $3.99, and all-you-can-eat
wings on Wednesday, also for $3.99. These specials are available
for dining in only.
Jimbo's menu starts off with a dozen appetizer selections. Quesadillas
were decidedly better the second time we ordered them. The kitchen
seems to have taken the new menu offerings in stride. Quesadillas
are fashioned from corn and spinach tortillas, filled with your
choice of Pepperjack and Cheddar cheese, and grilled chicken or
steak, or chunks of peppers and onions. The appetizer was attractively
presented on a sizzling platter with a side of salsa, chopped lettuce
and sour cream. Sicilian-style spicy banana peppers were filled
with mild Italian sausage and topped with melted provolone cheese.
Wings are cooked fresh to order and are made with hot, mild, teriyaki,
barbecue or honey mustard sauce. Although I have not yet tried the
bite-sized burgers Jimbo's refers to as 'sliders," they have been
highly recommended by a friend. Also popular, according to our server,
is the rib sampler ($3.99).
There are several salads on Jimbo's menu, ranging from a small side
salad ($2.29) to a spinach salad with sweet shallot dressing and
feta cheese ($6.99), Asian salad with marinated pasta, sliced chicken
and pecans ($6.99), and Mexican salad topped with house made chili
and served in a tortilla shell ($6.99). The Mediterranean salad,
offered on the James Dominic's menu, is back and is a tasty combination
of roasted sausage, grilled chicken, artichokes, feta cheese and
Greek olives ($7.49).
Wrap sandwiches offer a low-carb alternative. Jimbo's chicken Caesar
wrap prepared with grilled chicken and homemade dressing, served
with chips and a pickle wedge, is a filling sandwich for $5.99.
The menu also offers steak and veggie wraps.
Our server recommended the barbecued pork sandwich, topped with
coleslaw ($4.99). There is also a blackened, barbecued chicken sandwich
topped with lettuce, tomato and onion ($4.99). The meatball sandwich
is filled with homemade Italian meatballs and roasted tomato sauce
($4.99). The hot sub is prepared with salami, pepperoni, provolone
cheese, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on a hoagie roll ($5.99).
Burgers start with a half-pound of ground beef. Jimbo's double burger
($7.49) is a full pound of meat, a challenge to even the heartiest
Pizzas are, of course, a specialty. You can order pizza topped with
your choice of garnishes. Or you can try one of the gourmet pizzas
like steak with onion straws, Mexican salsa and Pepperjack cheese,
or four-cheese Alfredo sauce ($10.79).
There are a limited number of dinner entrees on the menu. A patron
at the next table seemed to relish a bowl of spaghetti with meatballs.
Barbecued ribs are served with cole slaw and fries and are available
by the half (8.99) or full slab ($14.99). A fish fry is served daily
($7.99). Patrons can get a sirloin steak with potato and salad for
$7.99, or a chargrilled strip steak dinner for $14.99.
There are daily dining room specials. Buy one burger and get one
on Mondays. Buy one spaghetti and get one on Tuesday. Wednesday
is all-you-can-eat wing night, while soft tacos are $1.99 and Margaritas
are $2.99 on Thursday. All-you-can-eat fish is served for $8.99
until 8 p.m. on Friday. The cost of the strip steak dinner is reduced
to $13.99 on Saturday evening. Purchase a bottle of wine on Sunday
and get a one-item pizza for $3.
Jimbo's Bar and Grille, at 27200 Detroit Road in Westlake, is open
for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. on Monday through Saturday,
and from 10 a.m. on Sunday for breakfast. Phone 835-1661. Major
credit cards are accepted. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible.