Friday, December 28, 2012

A Family Breakfast in Painesville Ohio

Once again we were up in the Cleveland Ohio area visiting our son, our daughter-in-law and our 2 grandsons.  We all like eating out!  David II and Amy decided to take us to one of their favorite little places on the east side of the metro area for breakfast. 
This little place is Jimmy’s in Painesville.  The owner/operator is Jimmy Mucciarone and he’s proud to tell the world that his grandparents, his parents plus an aunt and uncle were all in ‘the business’, operating their own restaurants for years.  He's proudly following in their footsteps...
On the inside, things are pretty much as expected…homey but simple.  There are a number of family business related photos scattered around the walls, but otherwise this restaurant looks much like what you’d think…a basic neighborhood restaurant with lots of locals breaking bread together.
And here we have our little family breakfast grouping…minus Laurie who was taking the photo.  From the left: Emmett Lee, Amy, David II, David III and me.  Here we were just waiting on our food…
Emmett Lee kicked things off, ordering 2 Blueberry Pancakes with a side of bacon. ($6.75) Emmett stays pretty basic, as at this point in his life, his palate is pretty limited.  On the other hand, he does have 3 blog sites.  His latest ‘handle’ on the Internet is ‘Epic Sauce’!  Before that it was ‘Milo’…  Emmett is only 9…
I believe that this was Amy’s breakfast.  I can’t recall for sure, but I think that this was the Western Omelette. ($6.50)

The no egg/protein items on the breakfast menu include Pancakes, French Toast, Belgian Waffles…and Crunchy French Toast.  The latter item is made with Honey Wheat Bread and it’s topped with sliced fresh strawberries, bananas and blueberries.  Three slices cost $5.00 and two are $4.25. 
This was part of my breakfast… Jimmy’s Basic with a choice of bacon, Italian sausage, links or patties.  No trouble making that decision…I opted for something a little bit different…the more distinctive Italian Sausage.  Everything was cooked properly and with the eggs over easy my breakfast was close to being perfect!  …plus they had Tabasco for me!

I’d have been OK if I’d stopped with the breakfast shown in the preceding photo!  I decided to see if Jimmy’s had the perfect version of sausage gravy and biscuits.  It was OK but it was pretty standard issue… Of course, now that we live in the south, we have seen many perfect biscuits so we’re spoiled.  My basic breakfast was $4.95 and the sausage gravy with biscuit was $3.00.
David II went with something really different…the Chorizo Hash topped with a couple of scrambled eggs. ($6.25) He gave it two thumbs up!

The big boy on the breakfast menu is the State Street Scramble.  This consists of three eggs scrambled with bacon, ham or Italian Sausage and tossed with breakfast potatoes and cheeses, then smothered with Jimmy’s Sausage Gravy with onions and peppers. ($10.25)
David III, our oldest grandson, went with a standard breakfast.  Two eggs, scrambled plus home fries, sausage patties and toast. ($4.95)

Jimmy’s is open from 7 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, the hours are from 7 AM to 8 PM.  Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant is open from 7 AM until 2 PM.  What this means of course, is that part of the menu is devoted to food items other than the Breakfast selections that I’ve mentioned.  The menu also includes appetizers/’starters’ and sides, specialty salads, wraps as well as sandwiches and burgers.  The single most expensive item on the ‘lunch/dinner’ menu is the Perch Dinner…coming in at only $10.00!
Laurie followed in our son’s footsteps…going just a bit off the grid for her breakfast.  She ordered the Salmon Benedict. ($8.25) The owner/chef heard that I was blogging about the restaurant and he apologized for the poached egg’s desertion of their respective places on top of the salmon.  Laurie really liked her breakfast!  This is despite the fact that we both prefer hash browns over home fries…

The menu also included the standard Eggs Benedict as well as Eggs Rothschild. The latter item consists of two eggs poached on char-grilled medallions of shoulder beef tenderloin on top of toasted English Muffins with Hollandaise sauce.  All of the eggs benedict style dishes were $8.25.
A real winner for us…if we lived somewhere on the east side of Cleveland…is the fact that Jimmy’s “Always Serves Breakfast”!!  Here in East Tennessee, that statement is almost unheard of, when the breakfast hour is over, it’s over!  Actually a nice breakfast in a restaurant is hard to find hereabouts…no matter what the hour of the day.  In any case, when we return to Cleveland for another visit, we will get back to Jimmy’s.  The price is right, we rated the breakfast items as solid to very good and the people are very nice!

Laurie wanted me to apologize for the poor quality photos.  She tried taking the photographs without using the flash because the restaurant was really busy and she didn't want to disturb the other diners.  
Jimmy’s Restaurant is at 50 North State Street in Painesville Ohio.  Phone: 440-357-1388.  Website:
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for our family breakfast!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Looks like some good grub from a hole-in-the-wall place, my favorite and serving breakfast all day is perfect.

  2. Yum! Looks like you all had a great breakfast in Buckeye Land! Happy New Year to you and Laurie!!!

  3. I'm going to hop on a plane and come right over!!! I miss American breakfast. I would love biscuits, I've tried making them at home but they don't come out that good. Happy New Year Dave, to you and the whole family!