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Jim's Dock - Jerusalem, RI?

Science Chick May 29, 2007 12:16 PM

We are ever in search of something decent in South County.......Anyone ever eaten there?


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    JaneRI May 29, 2007 12:31 PM

    Love love love breakfast there! There was quite a bit of discussion about it a week or two ago. I'll see if I can find the thread.

    Do you frequent Crazy Burger? Food is excellent.

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    1. re: JaneRI
      JaneRI May 29, 2007 12:36 PM

      Scan down the page for "Lobster Roll - RI"

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        Science Chick May 29, 2007 12:50 PM

        Hey, thanks! I'm surprised I missed that one..... ;)

    2. foxy fairy May 30, 2007 07:11 AM

      I hear from other locals that Jim's is more about the salty atmosphere than the food.

      Is there a specific town/area of focus or all over South County?
      Look at this thread for lots of specific suggestions! http://www.chowhound.com/topics/405799

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      1. re: foxy fairy
        JaneRI May 30, 2007 07:19 AM

        I can't say for a fact as I've only had breakfast, but the blueberry pancakes were always great. Thick and fluffy. The last few yrs I've had a huge problem w/cold stiff pancakes in otherwise decent breakfast joints. Like maybe they make up a bunch early and nuke them?

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          Sean May 30, 2007 05:30 PM

          Jim's is just your standard chowda house, nothing to write home about. I second Crazy Burger, never dissapointed.

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        surfertom Aug 2, 2007 07:13 AM

        I just brought my 83 year old Mother here on her birthday upon her suggestion as she lives near by. We had the absolutely worst meal I have ever had in my life. Her "special" lobster appeared to be undersized and was gooey and appeared sickly. She could barely eat it but didn't want to ruin her night so she eat some of it. My lobster salad looked as if someone just threw it together and as an after thought covered it with chopped onions. I tried to ask the staff if we could come up with a cup cake or something that could symbolize her birthday and they could not have cared less. There doesn't seem to be anyone in charge except a teenager. They don't take credit cards and don't tell you in advance. When my Mother asked if they had lemon scented package for your hands after her meal the waitress practically accused us of already having one. Even if we did have one we just might need another!!! I have never seen anything quite like this place in my life. When a car parked behind us in their parking lot, which is their system, I returned to the restaurant and basically was told that it was my problem........not theirs. It took 15 minutes to get out of there. The staff is unmotivated and basically runs a pathetic attempt to provide a good experience. Never again!!!!! Sorry but if really ruined my Mother's night. I had driven over 200 miles for this special night as she lives alone. Thought you might like to know.

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          JaneRI Aug 2, 2007 07:54 AM

          I'm really sorry to hear that - I have great memories of the place but haven't been in several years. There is of course no excuse for bad food, but on a couple of things I'd have to cut them some slack....not telling you in advance that they don't take credit cards, a teen in charge....given the type of place (the most casual of seafood shacks) I don't think those are unpardonable sins. I'd probably be homicidal if anyone or anything ruined my elderly mother's birthday dinner, but they really aren't the type of place you'd expect to provide a special experience, or produce a cup cake even.

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            Science Chick Aug 2, 2007 08:16 AM

            what a nightmare! Thanks for the heads-up.....we'll steer clear.....
            Still looking for something decent in this area.....WHAT GIVES!!!???

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              JaneRI Aug 2, 2007 08:30 AM

              That's a good question - why the dearth of good eats? Another local "black hole"....northern RI to Worcester....the area has really exploded (housing) in the past 5-10 yrs, yet it's a barren wasteland for chow.

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                JaneRI Aug 2, 2007 08:31 AM

                Have you been to Crazy Burger yet? A friend really enjoyed Turtle Soup last week (both in Narragansett).

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                  Science Chick Aug 2, 2007 08:35 AM

                  Been meaning to check it out.....maybe this weekend......

                  I'll tell ya, South county is my absolute favorite beach destination. But lately, the lack of decent food has sent us running back to the Cape.

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                    JaneRI Aug 2, 2007 11:15 AM

                    This probably isn't much help but there was some discussion on here recently about the new place that went into the old Caylilly's Bistro location in Wakefield. Goff's at the Salt Pond Marina isn't anything special but they have a big menu and you can't beat the view.

                    Amalfi? Not sure what direction you're starting from but I love Up River Cafe in Westerly.

                2. re: Science Chick
                  barfly Aug 3, 2007 10:08 AM

                  I've had a couple of good meals at the Mariner Grill in Narragansett. The menu isn't exactly innovative, but it has a good selection of pub food and seafood.

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                Sap115 Aug 2, 2007 12:02 PM

                Jim's Dock is the kind of place to go if you're down at East Matunuck anyway, and you are stuck for some food. The food's okay, the atmosphere is nice, you don't have to have shoes. Anything is better than Captain Jack's.

                That being said, I'm a big fan of Crazy Burger for breakfast and lunch. Good food, reasonable prices. I also will take the back roads to East Matunuck and stop at Oatley's in Exeter. Good farm fresh breakfast grub. Surf and Taco in Wakefield is really good.

                I really miss Wiley's especially in its original location on the river. :-(

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                  JaneRI Aug 2, 2007 12:16 PM

                  I had always been a breakfast-only patron of Jim's by circumstances and I have to say for pancakes it was NOT just a 'well since I'm here' spot, the breakfasts were wonderful. (simple, plain, but wonderful). I wonder if that has gone downhill now?

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                    Trnrbrnr Aug 2, 2007 06:20 PM

                    Speaking of Wiley's, I ran into "Duke", the guy that ran Duke's at Middlebridge years ago (now that was good!), now runs Duke's Umbrella cafe at the Umbrella Factory. Has anybody eaten there?

                    Crazy Burger is great.

                    I agree- stay away from Jim's and Captain Jack's. Also Aunt Carrie's

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