JiMe's Kitchen Report
Just had lunch at JiMe's Kitchen in Lewisville. It is a Nigerian/Soul food restaurant. The owners are Nigerian and the soul food part is separated in a distinct section of the menu that I skipped. All in all, I think it was great. I'm not extremely familiar with West African/Nigerian food but I have had some exposure. I had Pepper Soup which was fantastic. Huge punch in the face with pepper so be prepared for that. I also had Gizdodo which one of the better dishes I've had in a while and definitely the best named. It's chicken gizzards with plantains cooked in a curry. Fantastic! Anyways, the place was pretty empty so that's why I'm posting here cause I'd like to see them stay in business. If you've never had Nigerian food and are interested, check them out.
P.S. I've also been to Aggis for Nigerian/Cameroonian food but had none of the same dishes so can't really compare.
FWIW this place is area, which is a rarity to say here!
I think is restaurant cursed as it is always empty. It sure beats the Mexican place (Tejupilco) that was in the location formerly.
I have had some very good meals at Jime's. I wouldn't expect a quick meal but the owners are very nice and very willing to please. They don't yet have a liquor license so they offer free beer, Bud Light iirc.
Not sure if I have posted about them before but I was not a fan of the dish with the dried fish and okra. I am usually a fan of okra but with the overwhelming taste of dried fish it was tough to get through. That was my only complaint! The two soul food preparations I have had, Shrimp and Grits and Jamaican Grilled Catfish, were very good. I would say they could probably cut down the portion of fufu ,with your Nigerian entree, they give you as I don't think a whole family could polish it off. I am a big fan of their meat pies as they are the same homemade flavors that I had from a Nigerian friend of mine. They are huge and a good value for lunch. Even with two I think you are just breaking the $5 mark.
I would like to try a few more of the Soul Food options from the menu and sure hope they stay around because this is one of the few places in Lewisville that isn't serving up previously frozen or fried foods.
The whole smattering of African cuisines is rather an up and coming notion here in the metroplex with the exception of Ethiopian which has been here for a number of years. I can't say that I am an expert on African cusines given the lack of reference or even competition amongst the cuisines. I can say though that if in the Denton county area this is one of the ethnic eateries that definitely does stick out from the bunch. I don't know if I would drive all the way from Dallas for the Soul Food portion of the menu but their Nigerian food does have some homey tastes to it which I would go out of my way to get.