Valley Scene Magazine

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It takes great effort to meet the standards of Angelinos when it comes to eating out. The atmosphere must be inviting, the service and selection must be spot on, and the food has to be fantastic. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern in the Village at Topanga has all of that and more! Taking on the form of a classic English Pub, the atmosphere is rustic, inviting and warm. Although tavern food is typically comfort-centric, Jimmy’s menu reaches far beyond just burgers and fries. Their approach is from an “artisanal” point of view, using the freshest ingredients from local growers and infusing them into reformulated classics. The Spicy Ahi Poke appetizer is a re-invented classic with above standard flavor profiles combined with avocado, scallions, yuzu, serranos, papaya, sesame and crispy Wooton which wakes up your palate and satisfies your texture craving. Another hearty appetizer is the Wann Cheddar, Spinach, Beer & Bacon Fondue. Again, not ordinary. This is a better than average cheese dip, not too heavy, yet creamy and savory, served with herbed croustades for dipping.

One more worth mentioning, and I assume “famous”, the Warm Housemade Salt & Pepper Potato Chips – crispy treats drizzled with Maytag blue cheese sauce and Scallions. It should be mandatory that every table order at least one to share. The drink menu is very extensive giving you many options to wash down the opening act. For beer lovers: you may consider the popular Ballast Point Sculpin or a Saint Archer IPA which comes in a 22 oz bottle if you want to split. Wines and specialty cocktails pair well with the appetizers and salads as well. Keeping with the diversity theme, but not straying too far from familiar tastes, the dinner menu gives you a vibrant array of choices. Starting with the Tavern Prime Steak, this is a juicy 12 oz Flatiron Steak, seasoned perfectly, and grilled to order (I recommend medium rare). It is a very tender and savory cull and served with Sea Salt Fries and choice of Bourbon-Peppercorn or ‘Diane’ sauces. A unique take on an old favorite is the BBQ Spice Crusted Salmon. The opaque hearty filet comes out piping bot, steaming with the smoky aroma of BBQ. The BBQ spice is surprisingly not overpowering, it just adds a hint of wood smoke, pepper and other tasty spices. It is plated with creamed com, green beans, bacon, crispy onions. Here is one that will peak your taste buds, a grilled double cut 14 oz Duroc Pork Chop. A beautiful thick loin chop, with musky seasoning and a honey glaze is served with a sizzling brown sear to lock in the flavors. If you haven’t had pork in a while, this will remind you of what you have been missing. Well then again, this dish is a standout and you may want to just leave the cooking to the expert culinary staff at JFAT. By the way, the chop is served with mashed potatoes, bacon maple glazed Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.

Don’t worry there is a burger on the menu. A good one. Actually 5 of them. I hear the Jimmy Burger is among the most popular, why? Because it is a towering beef patty, apple wood smoked bacon, spicy jalapeno jam, southern pimento cheese and served with crispy fries. Pair that with a draft Golden Road Hefeweizen and you are good to go. Other burgers on the menu include the Spicy California Burger with guac, green chiles, pickled jalapenos, jack cheese, red onion, and chipotle aioli. Or you can try one many other seemingly endless choices they have in that category. The sides also top ordinary menus with Charred Brussels Sprouts, Pine nuts & Maple Syrup and Cheddar-Jalapeno Potatoes Gratin or White Truffle Mac & Cheese. Dessert? Why not. Try this, the Bananageddeon; comprised of fresh bananas, vanilla bean pastry cream, pecan blondie crumbles, butter pecan ice cream, salty rum-caramel sauce, candied pecans and whipped cream.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is located in the heart of the Village at Topanga 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 1550, Woodland Hills

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