Click on Jamieís website and take a look at that fresh, cooked on the premises, hand-carved, open-faced, hot roast turkey sandwich. As tempting as that photo looks, it is not even close to how good the real thing tastes.
The real thing. Thatís Jamieís hallmark.
This classic, wood floored old joint has seen a lot since it opened in 1959. But the dive sprang to life when Jamie Bunnell took over 23 years ago. He has been serving classic, attention-to-detail, comfort food ever since.
That starts with my two favorites Ė the prize-winning roast turkey featured in hot or cold turkey sandwiches and the club sandwich and the died-and-gone-to-heaven smoked prime rib.
Our last visit, I passed up the half-pound burger, lamb stew in sourdough bowl, garlic steak sandwich, Rueben and prime New York steak. The dark-meat hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy was calling my name.
With a lengthy specials board and Jamieís care in preparation and presentation, itís easy to see why the place has such a loyal following Ė both for lunch and dinner.
Whatís not so easy to see is how folks find it for the first time. Itís down near the end of Broadway toward the river. Almost no sign on the door. A hint: drive west on Broadway till you see the massive Channel 10 TV tower. Stop. Look to your right. There it is.
If you like beef, itís worth a call ahead to make sure the smoked prime rib is on the specials board and to find out what the other items of the day might be.
Jamieís is closed on the weekends. Thatís when Jamie Bunnell does a lot of the prep for the following week Ė making sure the food at Jamieís Bar and Grille stays the real thing.