Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Brea

by @btsunoda

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or better known as JFAT, recently introduced a new brunch menu. I was happy to learn about it and my wife and I recently visited their location in Brea.
JFAT is located next to Whole Foods in the Village at La Floresta mall on Imperial Hwy just east of Kraemer Blvd in Brea. The Village at La Floresta is marketed as the hip spot for retail shopping and dining on the east side of OC.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and quickly set the mood for Christmas. Garland was wrapped everywhere with ribbon and bows. Christmas trees were fully decked out with shiny glass ornaments.
An impressive lighted display of super premium wines is located near the entrance. Bottles of wine were lined up on the bar and they also had a fair number of craft beers on tap. TV screens were playing live sports, but it didn’t overpower the experience like a sports bar.

The restaurant is large and spacious. It is obviously designed for people to get together and converse over a good meal. In fact while we were there, there was a group of 8 that were enjoying brunch.

Totchos are simply Tater Tots topped with melted cheese and salsa fresca. 
Simply stated, they are nachos made with tater tots instead of tortilla chips. Since I favor tater tots over tortilla chips, I had trouble eating just one bite. 

Knowing that this would be a meat heavy meal, I ordered the Charred Brussels Sprouts. This came with smoked applewood bacon, pinenuts and underneath it was some maple syrup. I scooped downwards in the dish to gather the maple syrup. This was a great combination of flavors and textures and was one of my favorite items that day.

The Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles was served topped with a thick and creamy thyme gravy and applewood smoked bacon. 
After pouring pure maple syrup on top of it all, I enjoyed the various taste sensations, crunchy, salty, sweet and smoky. I was quite happy with this dish.
My wife ordered the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich. 
This is served with coleslaw, pickled  jalapeños, and chipotle aioli. While it was tasty, it wasn’t quite as spicy as the hot fried chicken sandwich from Hattie B’s in Nashville.

One of JFAT’s most popular dishes is their JFAT burger. It comes with the bacon popping out of the sides. What I enjoyed about this burger was the fact that they used Southern pimento cheese. This burger happened to be our favorite dish of the day.

As you might imagine, we did not save room for dessert. We had a taste of their Jimmy’s Old School This is made with warm chocolate chip cookies topped with vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge and roasted peanuts. This was truly decadent.

JFAT is a great place to relax in a casual setting. They offer modern American comfort food combined with the cutting edge beverages you would expect. This is a great place to converse while you eat making it ideal for a date, catching up with a friend or even a family outing.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
Village at La Floresta
3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823
 (714) 733-1310
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