Lunch is the perfect opportunity for me is the perfect time to check out bars for lunch.
Usually, the places aren't crowded and you can get a genuine feel for a place.
At least in my opinion.
The bartenders aren't too busy service spirits and can chat a bit with the patrons.
Sunny Jims was the next stop on my agenda for this month.
I've heard some interesting things about this bar and from the sounds of it they had vastly improved themselves.
July 2008 found Sunny Jims a blazing inferno.
The owners took the disaster as an opportunity to "reinvent" the bar and did a remarkable job in the process.
October 2008 they re-opened their doors to a now non-smoking establishment.
The place inside is decorated as "brand new rustic" but the delicious menu is just the same as it had always been.
Inside the ample bar/restaurant are red "leatherete" booths lining the walls and the usual tables and chairs etc.
But, I love to sit at the bar and order lunch.
This gives me a good chance to visit with the barkeep.
She recommended four items on the menu.
The burger, Philly Cheesesteak, Prime Rib, and usually their daily special.
Today I settled for the obligatory burger and their homemade potato chips.
Since I am on the clock with I selected a diet soda instead of a beer.
Their on tap beers consist of 8 domestic and a good assortment of imports.
They had a full well and many call liquors as expected.
There is a huge back deck behind the building overlooking a stream and the surrounding forest.
A really nice venue in the warm weather months.
A 25 foot outside "television" screen was added and is supposed to be the largest around the area.
I've been told that Sydney Crosby looks awesome standing over 20 feet tall!
Friday and Saturday nights there is usually some sort of band playing at Sunny Jims.
I've been by this place on a Saturday night and it was packed.
My 1/2 pound Black Angus burger arrived cooked to my instructions.
I about had to unhinge my jaw just to eat the massive burger. The homemade chips were outstanding in every way and I wish they would have given me more.
I do recommend them over the usual boring french fries.
The bar tender about tried to drown me by keeping my glass filled the entire time I was there.
Thank goodness the bathrooms are right next to the bar and were super clean and smelled great too.
I noticed everyone else seated at the bar was well hydrated as well.
The service was impeccable and way more friendly than some other places I have frequented.
Above the bar were no less than 5 big screen televisions.
During game time there is not a bad seat in the house.
The daily specials appear to be well thought out menu items and from what the other patrons told me everything was good on the menu.
I do want to return and try their Prime Rib!
Overall I would say the Sunny Jims is a great place for friends or family during the day.
Night time appears to be more of the party crowd.
The atmosphere reminded me of a very solid locals place but still had a Ma and Pa friendly vibe as well.