Living in DC has never been cheap but these days the financial hit can be downright painful. Restaurants are raising prices to handle the rising food costs, and the 1 in 4 DC residents who work for The Man are eyeing November wondering if they’ll have a job in 2009.
Lucky for us, Jimmy T’s on the Hill offers up retro prices in a kitschy, old school atmosphere: this greasy spoon is one of the few places in town where you can order a full meal for less than $10. For years, Jimmy T’s has been a Hill institution for those looking for a quick breakfast before work or a hangover antidote on Sunday morning.
Walking into this tiny diner, I’m greeted with the oddly pleasant smells of pancake batter and my grandmother’s garage. Taking the place in, it’s easy to imagine the restaurant hasn’t been updated since the 1960s and patrons seems to like that just fine. The creaky tables, pressed tin ceiling, mismatched mugs and occasionally surly staff add to the overall time-machine charm. There is almost always a wait on the weekends but tables turn fairly quickly and most patrons grab a paper and read on the front stoop.
Jimmy T’s offers a full menu, but breakfast is their real speciality, with classics such as pancakes, ham and cheese sandwiches and grits. Jimmy T’s isn’t fancy, fussy or high-end and frankly that can be a refreshing change of pace. In a city of stressed transients, Jimmy T’s offers a greasy slice of home without pretension.
Jimmy T’s Place
501 E. Capitol St. SE,
Washington, DC 20003