Yesterday we went to Jimmy's Food Store (an Italian Grocery) in Dallas.
I have previously heard good things about this place and we decided to check it out.
It is a small place that is on the corner... and very unassuming.
When you walk inside, it is very unlike a modern, spacious grocery store.
There are stacks of boxes, three tables next to the boxes where you can sit and eat,
three cash registers, and beyond this... a world of exploration of Italian foods.
There are also lots of wines... all Italian.
In the very back of the store is the meat/butcher area.
It is also here that you can order a salad or a sandwich, pick up your choice of a myriad of unusual drinks, and then pay up front.
If you are lucky, you can grab a table or share a table with someone else.
As we were waiting for our order, a fella was making sausage and had a mound of meat the size of a beachball that he was feeding into the grinder.
My husband ordered a hot sausage sandwich on a crispy roll with fried onions, peppers and mozzarella. It was huge... spicy hot sausage and gooey with cheese ($5.99).
I got an Italian sub... I ordered the small and it was huge, fresh and delicious!
We shared a table with another gentleman and had a nice chat.
There was an older Italian fella at the table next to us.
The Italian music could be heard in the background and suddenly he started to sing along with the music.
I was only sorry he did not continue singing. He had a beautiful voice.
When we finished we explored throughout the store.
So many different kinds of fresh and dried pasta as well as prepared fresh ravioli, gnocchi, and pizza dough. I have never seen so many choices.
What a great place to go to make up an Italian gift basket!
The staff is friendly and I wished I could just keep eating a little of this and that.
I will definitely return.
To read more about Jimmy's, please go to: http://jimmysfoodstore.com/history.php