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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern now open at the Village at La Floresta in Brea, California



Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has been known for regional Americana comfort food in San Diego since 2010. In 2013, they opened a second location in Dana Point, CA. In 2015, a third location was opened in Woodland Hills, CA. Now, North Orange County residents can now have some “JFAT” with a fourth location now open at the new Village at La Floresta along with many other new stores and restaurants like Whole Foods Market and Slapfish in Brea, CA.

Here are some tasty dishes to try on your visit:

Nest of Jalapeno ‘Bedeviled’ Farm Fresh Eggs ($9) includes two deviled egg halves along with some Warm Housemade Salt & Pepper Potato Chips. The yolk mixture is smooth, creamy, and full of yolky flavor. The relish brings a little vinegar flavor to the mix, but is not overpowering. The jalapeno adds a spicy kick, but not an uncomfortable one. For an extra $1, you can have bacon added. Rating: 4.5/5

Town Dock Calamari ($14) is served with crispy sage, rosemary, serrano chiles, and remoulade. The crispy batter has a nice flavor and lets the sweetness of the tender calamari shine through. The portion is huge – enough for 2-4 people to share. The fried herbs and chiles have a wonderful aroma when brought to the table in a beautiful rustic presentation. Rating: 4.4/5

Warm Cheddar, Spinach, Beer, & Bacon Fondue ($12) is served with herbed croustades. It resembles more of a cheesy spinach dip. The fondue has a really good flavor and texture. The cheese and spinach pair well together and the bacon adds a smoky flavor to the mix. More croustades are needed to finish the dip or it could also be served with the homemade potatoes chips. Rating: 4.5/5

Certified Angus Beef Flatiron Pepper Steak ($28) is served with a brandy peppercorn sauce, arugula, and thyme fries. The flatiron steak is juicy and succulent and grilled to your liking (rare in this case). The brandy peppercorn sauce has just the right amount of black pepper kick and pairs well with the steak. It is also works wonderfully as a dip for the fries. Rating: 4.5/5

Bourbon-Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($26) is served with cheddar-jalapeno potatoes gratin, baked beans, honey-mustard coleslaw, and jalapeno cornbread. The ribs are very tender and fall off the bone. Sweet BBQ sauce lovingly coats the ribs, but is not overly sweet. The beans have a good BBQ flavor with chunks of bacon to balance out the sweetness. Cornbread might be a little spicier than expected. Maybe lighting up on the jalapeno or removing it from the recipe might be better. The jalapeno-cheddar potato gratin has a good balance of creamy, cheesy, and spicy with the perfectly cooked, thinly sliced potatoes. The coleslaw has a thin vinegary sauce. A thicker, creamy sauce would probably work much better. All in all, a very hearty dish and you’ll definitely have leftovers. Rating: 4/5

Certified Angus Filet Mignon ($36) is served with jalapeno-cheddar potato grain, asparagus, and red wine jus. The filet is perfectly grilled to your liking (rare in this case) and is tender and juicy. The jus needs a bit of salt to counter balance the sweetness from the red wine. The perfectly cooked asparagus adds a refreshing greenness to the dish. Rating: 4.5/5

Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($19) is served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans. The tender chicken is contrasted by the perfectly blistered and crispy buttermilk batter. The thyme gravy works well with a peppery kick from the buttermilk batter. But the mashed potatoes are in need of some gravy to add more creaminess. Maybe adding a ladle of gravy in between the potatoes and chicken would help. The perfectly cooked green beans add a refreshing greenness. Rating: 4.5/5

‘Bananageddeon’ ($12) is a dessert made with bananas, vanilla bean pastry cream, pecan blondie crumbles, butter pecan ice cream, salty rum-caramel sauce, candied pecans, and whipped cream. This is a creamy, rich, yet suprisingly light dessert. The vanilla bean pastry cream tastes more like homemade pudding. The bananas add a fresh sweetness, the pecans add a crunchy texture, and the caramel sauce adds a velvety lusciousness. Rating: 4.8/5

Jimmy’s ‘Old School’ ($12) is a dessert made with warm chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream hot fudge, whipped cream, and roasted peanuts. The hot fudge is the star in this dessert! It is decadent, rich, and very fudgy. It is magical when paired with the slightly salty peanuts. The ice cream is creamy and has a strong vanilla bean flavor. The chocolate chips cookies taste like homemade with chewy texture. Rating: 4.6/5

If you’re looking for something comforting yet different, make your way to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern. You’ll love it and be back for more!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
3325 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92823
+1.714.733.1310
Parking: Free parking in Village at La Floresta
Seating: Interior and exterior seating available

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