Thursday, March 11, 2010

$15 3-course prix fixe at Jimmy Beans in Berkeley

The price for the 3-course dinner at Jimmy Beans used to be $12 and you got a glass of wine, but it's still a deal for $15. The menu changes daily, so pick your favorite.

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Tuesday: Sausage or veggie lasagna
Wednesday: Manicotti
Thursday: Meatloaf
Friday: Fried chicken
Saturday: Paella
Sunday: Mexican fiesta

Each dinner comes with choice of small mixed green salad or soup and the daily dessert special.

The first time I went, I tried the shepherd's pie, hearty, filling and perfect for a winter night. The second time, I tried the fried chicken, which was juicy and delicious. The food at Jimmy Beans is simple and looks and tastes freshly homemade, which I appreciate.

While the food is great, Jimmy Beans is more like a cafe than a sit-down restaurant. Known more for their breakfast and lunch dishes, Jimmy Beans' decor reflects that of a coffee shop. Diners are crammed in a small space near the front doors with tightly packed two-seaters in the center. The next party is only an arms-length away, so conversations are easily heard. The staff is still considerate and professional though.

If ordering off the prix fixe menu, prices can get steep as dinner entrees start around $13.

Jimmy Beans
1290 6th St., Berkeley

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