More than once, my work has taken me into the bowels of Glendale, past a little hole-in-the-wall called Jimmy’s Super Lunch. On the outside, it appears to be your average burger shack, but a quick look at the menu and at those working inside tells a different story. Jimmy’s appears to be a part of the trend of old burger places that are now run by Asians (family or otherwise) that now double as teriyaki chicken shacks. I encountered this with Irv’s, Twin Castle and Crown Burger and I’m now suspecting this is more of the norm than some sort of trend.
What differentiates this from all those other wall holes and from pretty much any burger place in the world is that it doesn’t have fries. You read that right: no fries!
They try to make up for the lack with chips, but I have no need to mess around with such things. Instead, I made up for it in my own way, by ordering the Double Bacon Cheeseburger ($4.60). I figured that ought to fill in for the lack of anything deep fried. Burgers at Jimmy’s come with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickles, mustard and ketchup, but the unvegan version is ketchup-only.
Within minutes, my double was ready and I was certainly glad I got the double, because it wasn’t exactly a sizeable burger. The patties were damn thin and obviously not hand-made, but still tasty. Each had its own piece of melted American cheese and a healthy dose of bacon. The bacon was nice and crisp, a good choice as per usual. Finally, the bun was an average poppy seed-laden burger holder, but had been tossed on the griddle for a nice bit of crisp. It was a nice touch, but not enough to make Jimmy’s anything more than what it was. Sure, it was a step up from fast food burger and it felt good to support such a hole-in-the-wall, but Jimmy’s is simply a good burger and not much else.