A JUICY VARIETY
By Allan Borgen
Finding a good, independently-owned “fast food” burger joint can be a difficult task, however, there is one restaurant that I often visit when I yearn for a really good burger: Jim’s Charbroiled Hamburgers in Upland. It’s a family restaurant offering a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, Mexican dishes as well as some terrific and filling breakfast items.
This free standing fast food restaurant is decked out with Route 66 memorabilia and it’s notably one of the cleanest fast food restaurants that I have ever stepped foot in. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I decided to feast upon the Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs, a Western Omelet and the popular Breakfast Burrito.
The Chicken Fried Steak features a crispy and very tasty chicken-fried steak (which is really made of beef) smothered with rich, thick white sausage gravy and three eggs. The Western Omelet on the other hand was filled with a variety of goodies: made with three-eggs, diced onions, green peppers and ham. Like other breakfast entrees, this omelet comes with your choice of delicious crisp hash brown potatoes, toast and jelly or biscuits and gravy. The last of the breakfast items I “sampled” was the popular Breakfast Burrito, which was expertly made up of flour tortilla with three scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, hash browns and your choice of bacon, sausage or chorizo. I love their link-sausage, so I always highly recommend it.
Now comes some of their outstanding lunch and dinner items like Jim’s Famous Pastrami. The pastrami sandwich features a large toasted roll stuffed (that’s no exaggeration) with delicious peppery meat that has just the right amount of fat to give it that distinct pastrami flavor. The Avocado, Bacon and Cheese Burger on the other hand is on a whole new level of delicious. When checking out Jim’s, you absolutely must try one of their burgers. On this trip, my burger of choice started out with a nicely toasted sesame seed hamburger bun, homemade thousand island dressing, a quarter-pound charbroiled beef patty, two strips of crispy bacon, American cheese and slices of fresh avocado finished off with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. I love this burger and can’t wait to have in again on my next trip here (which is bound to be soon).
The last of my entrees was the Fried Fish Plate. It consists of three large pieces of battered and deep fried cod, the exterior of which is nice and crunchy, while the fish itself was mild tasting and very moist. The meal comes with a salad, a dinner roll, a ton of fries, two onion rings and two fresh fried zucchini sticks.
I’ve been here multiple times before and would recommend a ton of Jim’s menu items, like the Chili and Cheese Burrito, the Polish Sausage Sandwich, the Club Sandwich and the Breakfast Special.
Jim’s also offers some terrific daily combination specials as well as a drive-thru service. My closing message is clear! Why go to the large national fast food chain restaurants when you have Jim’s World Famous Charbroiled Hamburgers so close to home?
Jim’s World Famous Charbroiled Hamburgers, 969 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, (909) 931-4824.
Allan is the host of the Let’s Dine Out television show which airs Friday nights at 6:30pm on Channel 24, KVCR-P.B.S. and on the Let’s Dine Out radio show that airs on News Talk AM 590, KTIE every Saturday afternoon from 3pm-5pm. You can contact Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (909) 910-3463. Visit his web sites www.feedme411.com and www.letsdineoutshow.com