Jim's Famous 1/4lb. Charbroiled Burgers Menu
Jimís ľ lb. Charbroiled Burgers
Where: 915 W. Duarte Road, Monrovia
Phone: (626) 447-5993
Service: Order at the counter
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Credit Cards: ATM on premises (fee)
Kidís Menu: No
Senior Discount: No
Hours: 9am to 10pm daily
Food to Go: Yes
Catering Menu: No
Price Range: $.90 - $6.95
is located at 915 W. Duarte Road, Monrovia
at work in the kitchen
That's a large soda, so you can see the zucchini is a big order
Pastrami sandwich, zucchini and soda
beef dip, with au jus on the side
ordered the burger plain, so I could add...
...the award winning chili. The fries are a big order, too.
is their small cone...
a small cone, this one a mix of chocolate and vanilla
DOT COM DINING A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Jimís Famous ľ lb. Charbroiled
Burgers in Monrovia a Busy Place For a Reason
By Bill Coburn
time to eat out this week, so hereís a reprint of a column about one of my
favorite burger joints.
Stopped by Jimís Famous ľ lb. Charbroiled Burgers for dinner this evening.
Jimís is one of those places that Iíve been meaning to try, but just hadnít
gotten to yet. Iím sorry that it took me so long to get down there, I can
guarantee Iíll be going back. The food was good, the prices reasonable, the
portions beyond reasonable, and the desserts were worth a trip on their own.
Jimís has been serving up delicious burgers, sandwiches, Mexican food and
desserts for about fifteen years now, and they seem to have gotten it down.
a little surprised to find the place as busy as it was, all the inside tables
were full when we got there. We settled in at a patio table, and I have to say,
I think it was nicer outside than it was inside, even though it was a hot summer
day. What really surprised me though, was that while we were there, (and we
were there for quite a while), it never really slowed down. In fact, there was
wave after wave of customers, and the counter people and the cooks never really
had a let-up. Every time I looked up there were half a dozen new people at the
counter, and the obviously experienced crew kept them moving through. Despite
the constant influx of people, no one waited very long to order, or to get their
ordered a plain double cheeseburger, because Keelan was getting a bowl of their
homemade chile, and I knew he wouldnít eat it all. I knew that a local paperís
readers had voted Jimís the best Chile of 2003, so I thought Iíd give an
ďaward-winningĒ chile cheeseburger a try. I also was planning to split Keelanís
beef dip with him. Katie and Keelan were splitting an order of fried zucchini,
which Jimís makes fresh daily (they make their onion rings fresh daily, too).
Katie ordered a pastrami dip, and I ordered some fries, also to split with the
family. Jimís is also known for their soft serve ice cream, so instead of my
usual soda, I ordered a strawberry shake.
sat on the patio waiting for our food, we had a good view of the activity in the
kitchen. I knew the food was going to be good as I watched them make up the
orders for the people ahead of us. As they prepped the burgers for instance, I
could see that the tomato slices were from big tomatoes, and sliced thick. Each
burger got one big slice, which covered the bun, not a couple small, thin sliced
tomatoes. Avocado Cheeseburgers had a complete half an avocado, there was
plenty of lettuce, and the onions, like the tomatoes, were big, thick slices.
In other words, they made their burgers the way fast food places used to make
burgers when I broke into the business, back in the early 70s. No scrimping,
just a good, big burger.
food came, and I could not believe the size of the small order of zucchini and
the small order of fries. The bags for each were stuffed and overflowing, and
when placed in a vertical position, were as tall as the large soda Katie had
ordered, and about as big around. I think an average family of four would
probably have enough of each with one order apiece. I know we didnít finish
either side order. Katie and Keelan both praised the zucchini, and noted that
it not only was served with ranch dressing, but that it was a larger portion
than most places serve. Katie did note though, that if we had eaten the entire
order of zucchini, she might have wanted an extra side of ranch, which costs
just a quarter. I worked on the fries with Keelan, which were fresh, hot and
crisp. I put some of the chile on my burger and dug in. As the name states,
these were ľ lb. charbroiled burgers, so the double was a good sized Ĺ lb.
burger. The chile was good, meaty, no beans, and complemented the burger well.
Katie was quite pleased with her pastrami, noting that it was exceptionally
tender. She said that she frequently feels that even when she finds a good
tasting pastrami, when you take a bite of the sandwich, you get a trailer from
the sandwich. You know, that little piece that you were hoping would stay on the
sandwich, but instead, it slips off with the bite you took? Well there was none
of that with this sandwich. What you bit through you got, what was on the other
part of the sandwich stayed there. Tender meat, and delicious. Despite having
eaten a Ĺ lb. chili cheese burger, I ate half of Keelanís beef dip, too. Tender
beef, lean, cooked up on the premises, and served on a grilled French roll with
plenty of au jus. And my strawberry shake was a good way to wash it all down.
addition to their burgers, Jimís does have a nice selection of sandwiches, and
while their Mexican menu is a little more limited, it has all the basics. I saw
a great looking chicken quesadilla coming out of the kitchen at one point.
Youíll find the Jimís Famous ľ lb. Charbroiled Burgers menu online at
SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, or go directly to their page at
said, we ordered dessert. Katie and Keelan had small cones, Katie vanilla only,
Keelan had vanilla/chocolate mix. If youíre reading this review in a medium
that has pictures of the cones, youíll see that these cones are huge. I canít
imagine how big the large cone is. This cone cost just under a dollar, and is
definitely well worth it. I recommend asking for a cup along with the cone,
especially if youíre getting it for a kid, because itís just a lot of ice cream
to eat. I ordered a banana split, and man, was it tasty. Three large swirls of
vanilla ice cream, served on sliced banana (I prefer sliced banana over whole or
split bananas, as itís easier to eat). It had chocolate sauce on one swirl,
pineapple on another, and strawberry on the third. It was topped off with
whipped cream, walnuts, and a little more chocolate sauce. The soft serve ice
cream really helped to make this one of the better banana splits Iíve ever had.
Youíve heard people say that theyíre tired after working hard on a fulfilling
project, ďbut itís a good kind of tired?Ē Well, after a Ĺ lb. burger, half a
beef dip, French fries, strawberry shake, and a banana split, right now, Iím
absolutely miserable. ďBut itís a good kind of absolutely miserable.Ē
by and try Jimís, I recommend it highly. But donít eat as much as I did, save
room for some of that great ice cream to finish it off.
Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website
featuring more than 160 restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons. He has
nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for
much longer than that.