There are times you go to a popular restaurant and it disappoints. This is not one of those times. Slickity Jim’s Chat N’ Chew is every bit as good as I was told it would be.
I was breaking in a new Brunch Buddy on an early Saturday morning and thankful for it. It’s hard to find someone that likes to eat Brunch early and it’s even harder to find a place with an early weekend morning start time. All the cards were aligned and the gamble paid off.
Slickity Jim’s is a place that’s been around as long as I can remember. The original location is on Main Street and that’s where we went. If you’re inclined to try the newest member of the family you can find another location on West 7th.
The menu is extensive and for someone like me who wants to try it all, it’s a struggle to get through. I’m not sure if it’s because the options sounded that tasty or because the menu is loaded with puns. Either way, patiently read through the menu. You won’t regret it.
My Buddy had the Motor Benny; two eggs with chorizo, bacon and black forest ham served on corn bread with a hollandaise sauce and potatoes. It was a sight to behold. The menu said the potatoes were roasted and they were. Roasted potatoes are becoming an endangered species on brunch menus in the city and it was a treat to see that they delivered exactly as promised. The hollandaise was excellent with that nice tart bite of lemon, finished with a touch of tarragon; just the way it should be. The meal is a mountain but my Buddy made his way through it and loved every bite. We exchanged tastings of our meals and the seasoning of the chorizo stood out. It was not overly salted, which makes perfect sense if you’re combining it with bacon. The chef clearly considered the sum and the part of the dish.
The waitress was friendly and patient. She had to be because I was torn. Should I have A Figment of My Imagination Benny (mission figs and brie) or To Kill a Sunrise (avocado and cheddar omelette topped with salsa and sour cream)? I chose neither. I had The Breakfast of Broken Dreams; two poached eggs served atop a toasted English muffin with spinach, caramelized onions, gorgonzola sauce and roasted potatoes. I’m still thinking about that gorgonzola sauce. It was mouth-watering and fabulous! My only complaint; there wasn’t enough of it. It was such a refreshing change to hollandaise sauce. I might consider asking for a little extra next time to eat with my potatoes.
The coffee at Slickity Jim’s Chat N’ Chew is diner coffee. It was a little weak but considering how many refills I had while we chatted it’s probably for the best. We sat in the back section called Skinny Fat Jack’s. During the day you can go through the restaurant to get to it, but in the evenings you might have to go through the back alley to a separate entrance. It’s closed off sometimes for music nights, live radio shows and even a little burlesque. Considering its 1920’s vibe, that’s not surprising.
Would I recommend Slickity Jim’s Chat N’ Chew? Two Words; Gorgonzola Sauce!
Movie Recommendation: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), starring a claymation man, Wallace, who loves his cheese, and his dog Gromit, with equal measure. If I have to explain who they are, you and I will never be friends.
3475 Main Street
Open from 8:30 am, 7 days a week
Expect lineups on the weekends