Jimmy B's brings Grade-A dining to Automobile Alley on Monday
The wait ends Monday for Jimmy B’s Culinary and Hand-Krafted, 1224 N Broadway Ave., to open in Automobile Alley. The newest offering from the Hal Smith Restaurant Group is unlike anything they, or anyone else, has ever done, with a menu that includes sushi, burgers and sandwiches, pasta and a craft cocktail bar. Chef Brad Johnson, in partnership with sushi chef Richard Ly, has created a one-of-a-kind menu for the 405 diningscape. They make most things in house and from scratch, but what they don’t comes from nearby. For instance, the pasta, used in Italian and Asian dishes, is from chef Chris Becker’s Della Terra Pasta Company. Sterling Black’s cocktail menu strikes the right balance of old and new, offering precision iterations of the classics plus some modern alternatives to keep things from getting stagnant. Taking over a former Mercedes Benz dealership, Jimmy B’s sits behind brick and glass overlooking Broadway Avenue marked by a fireplace-fronted patio. I was able to drop in early last week to get a look at the sleek, modern interior that leans heavily toward the casual side of business casual. A small bar at the entrance leads into a dining room crossed by low-slung beams and ample leather banquettes. At a tasting last month, Johnson said Jimmy B’s was taking the best elements of the Hal Smith repertoire to build the eclectic menu. Johnson said Ly’s arrival has energized the kitchen and taught an old dog like him to roll over and take notice on a few things. On my latest visit, I was able to try the Hiramasa Roll, which I liked as much or better than the sushi I tried before. Jimmy B’s features premium wasabi and ponzu, a citrus-infused soy sauce, with hand-crafted rolls. Also had Jimmy’s Chicken Meatballs, cole slaw and Tres Leches Cake. None of those items sound like they would come from the same restaurant, much less be served for supper. But they were, and they were pretty darn spectacular. Mayor David Holt has asked we avoid being out Thanksgiving week, unless absolutely necessary. To order online, go to jimmybsculinarykrafted.com. Jimmy B’s isn’t the only restaurant that had targeted Thanksgiving week for opening. Rococo’s long-awaited new home is scheduled for its opening on Black Friday. I’ve seen the new Rococo’s, taking over where Café Nova once made a splash and The Barrel most recently had its run, and the layout is stunning. Words won’t do it justice, so look for some photos on my social media accounts next week. I’ll be posting some on oklahoman.com/dave-cathey, too. …
Kindred Spirits was planning to throw open its garage doors Black Friday in the EastPoint development, but chef Chaya Fletcher and managing partner Quintin Hughes announced Monday it would have to wait until late next month.
Kindred Spirits was intended to open in the spring, but ran up against COVID-19. The pandemic hasn’t yet ebbed, but Kindred Spirits has as much or more patio space than it does inside. When both garage doors are open, it gives the space a patio bar feel. Hughes and Fletcher will offer signature cocktails and standards with some bar snacks to nosh. They expect the concept to evolve with time. Upon opening, a seed for the east Oklahoma City community has been planted. Its community will dictate how Kindred Spirits grows and takes shape. … Here’s your final list of Thanksgiving options from the 405 diningscape. Fewer restaurants will be open, but more are offering assistance to your meals this year. Red Rooster, Social Deck and Dining, Back Door BBQ, Rococo, Iron Star BBQ, and Dickey's Barbecue Pit are offering to-go menus for Thanksgiving feasts. Same with Bill Kamp's Meat Market. Here's the final list of restaurants open for dining on Thanksgiving that we've confirmed. • Beverly’s Pancake House, 3315 NW Expressway, Thanksgiving menu after 10 a.m. and until it runs out, 848-5050. • Cafe Cuvee, 1200 N Walker Ave., Thanksgiving service, 898-8120. • Cracker Barrel locations in Edmond and Oklahoma City will have take-out options. • Flint, 15 N Robinson Ave. (Colcord Hotel), open regular hours, 605-0657. • Grand House, 2701 N Classen Blvd., special Dim Sum service, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 524-7333. • Ingrid's Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs Blvd., offering take-out options, 946-8444. • Legend's Restaurant, 1312 W Lindsey St., Norman, four seatings. Call about possible Friday seating, 329-8888. • Masa Ramen and Sushi, 1001 W Memorial Road, Suite 104, regular menu all day, 463-0303. • Nic's Place Diner and Lounge, 1116 N Robinson Ave., traditional Thanksgiving dinner with options, call 601-9234 for details. • Szechuan Bistro, 1010 W Memorial Road, regular menu, take-out only, 752-8889.