Thursday, August 16, 2007

REVIEW: Jim's Deli- **** / $

Jim's Deli is all over the place. Their flagship location of sorts is right on the border between East Greenwich and North Kingstown R.I. I think there are more than the two listed, but no one seems to know. There's really very little to say about the place. It's a deli and a sandwich shop. It's decor is simple. Its chairs are supportive enough. The staff is friendly and service is quick. It can get pretty hairy around the lunch rush, but they usually handle it.

Now for the only part that matters, the food. The sandwiches, almost all of them are AMAZING. Jim's Deli is, easily, the best sandwich shop in Rhode Island. The food is all high quality. The combinations are, for the most part, delicious. This is what lunchtime in the office is all about. Classics such as the Reuben and the Monte Cristo are done flawlessly and, if you order a large, they will likely be the biggest examples of both that you have ever seen.

Other creations are equally delicious, with the spicy Ranchero and Bronx at the top of my list. Oh, and a thing about the names. The signs at the West Bay location were a total pooch-screw. The guy who made them mis-spelled just about everything. The Ranchero is called The Rancho. 'Sandwich Board' is called 'Sandwhich Bord.' These are not complex typos. This guy was barely verbal. Luckily, I think it adds an undeniable charm to the place.

As far as selection goes, you have an absolutely enormous range of choices for sandwiches and calzones, but that's about it. You can get salads, but, c'mon. A salad? This is LUNCH and you're not an Italian supermodel. Eat a sandwich. You can get a selection of sides, including some potato chips and maybe a crappy cookie, but this is obviously not the point to being there. There are sixteen calzones available, plus a make-your-own option, and an eye-poping eighty-six sandwiches, plus make-your-own. The selection is unmatched.

For what you get, I would call the prices a steal. A large sandwich, which would easily constitute two meals, costs nine dollars. They're practically giving their food away. Jim's Deli is the ultimate lunch location. If you are anywhere in the area, I would recommend a pilgrimage to the temple of sandwich very soon.

UPDATE: 9/26/2007
There is now, officially, only one Jim's Deli, the West Bay location. The Middletown location was recently sold to a friend of the owner, and the other locations, such as J's, were at one time associated with the owner but no longer are. So this review now only applies to the Jim's Deli in North Kingstown.

Jim's Deli: ****
Price range for two: $10-$25;

Jim's Deli West Bay
5949 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI. 02852

Jim's Aquidneck Deli
957 West Main Road
Middletown, RI. 02842

Monday through Saturday 8:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm


MP3 said...

there is a J's Deli in Woonsocket that I was told was affiliated with Jim's. IF notm they are stealing the idea. The boards on the walls with the wierd sandwich names are evident as well, however thier sandwich choices are radically different. Sadly there is no ranchero.

Lee Chagnon said...

On top of the mediocre food (they have definitely tried to cut corners because at one time the food was decent) the customer service is terrible. When I called I was put on hold multiple times while trying to order (should have hung up). When the food was being delivered the driver became lost because the person who answered the phone gave her incorrect directions. I had to call the restaurant to straighten that out. When the food finally arrived the food was burnt and the driver had no change to give me. So, I was forced to give a larger tip than I anticipated. Just do yourself a favor and stay away from this place!