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Jimmy’s Dairy Bar 7065 S. State Road 67 Pendleton Indiana

Jimmy’s is an old-fashioned drive in. No car hops but you can order at the window and eat in your car; eat in doors or use their drive up. A triple threat. I am afraid places like this are slowly vanishing. Hopefully they can still flourish in small towns. There are a few left in Indianapolis but I am afraid “progress” will eventually take its toll.

This is the sort of joint that has a concise menu made up of both house made and “store-bought” items.

Pat and I both ordered two sandwiches and some mushrooms to share. I ordered a BBQ and a Sloppy Joe.

The BBQ was excellent. It was not dry rubbed and smoked and served sauce on the side. It was cooked in an unknown manner then sauced in a very unique sauce, with mushrooms. It was moist, tasty and abundant; and less than $5. When they serve the sandwiches they are wrapped in paper, which can be problematic when you unwrap to photograph.

Sloppy Sloppy Joe. It fell apart when I unwrapped it.

As you can tell from the pictures both of these sandwiches require a fork. I have been a fan of the Sloppy Joe since I was a kid and I think the one at Jimmy’s is the best I have eaten. The meat was looser than most and didn’t have the sweetness that most others have. It wasn’t a Maid Rite or Loose meat but probably something in between; as it had a tomato presence. In either event it was a big hit.

Pat wanted to show what was under the lid. Look closely and you can see the mushrooms.

This is Pat’s tenderloin and the mushrooms. The mushrooms were one of those “store-bought” items on the menu. Not worth doing again.

Pat got a chocolate malt to top off his lunch I got a chocolate soft serve cone. I honestly can not remember the last time I had soft serve. It was so good it makes me wonder why it has been so long.

Their dining room is actually pretty spacious and don’t forget the drive through if you don’t want to come in.

They even have picnic tables out back. They got you covered no matter how you roll. This place is a keeper.



6 responses

  1. My favorite line: “It was cooked in an unknown manner…” Yesterday, we had flaccid New York pizza, and my son chose to eat it with a fork and knife. Doesn’t it ruin your Sloppy Joe experience to not be able to hold it? I do see that’s it very messy. I have to like the restaurant bc they spell Jimmie just like my husband does.

    August 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    • Ideally a sandwich is handheld; some droppage allowed. Using a fork, they offered no knives, did detract from the experience slightly but it didn’t ruin it. Like an idiot I wore a white shirt and dropping some Sloppy Joe or BBQ probably would have ruined my experience.

      August 3, 2018 at 1:41 am

  2. That tangerine soft serve is amazing!

    August 3, 2018 at 6:26 am

    • I saw tangerine on the menu and wasn’t sure what it pertained to. Now that I know I want some. Thanks for the tip.

      August 3, 2018 at 7:50 am

  3. I’m sittin here hungry, waitin on the fam to return with dinner and I am practically drooling on my keyboard. Lawd, don’t that pork look good?! I like sloppy joes. I dunno why, but my family doesn’t.
    Now, soft serve, I get ALL THE TIME. There is no reason to go without soft serve unless ordered by your doctor. It’s low cal and it’s the cat’s meow.

    August 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    • It is terrible being that hungry isn’t it. You are so right about soft serve. There is no reason in the world why I don’t get it more often. I didn’t think it was possible to not like sloppy joes.

      August 4, 2018 at 8:22 am

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