I confess. I want a Jim’s Truck Plaza waitress shirt. The red truck logo in a bright yellow circle is just too cool.
Jim’s sits along that desolate stretch of Walden Avenue near the corner of Union, an area even more bleak with K-mart closed. Yet Jim’s persists, and is open 24/7, probably one of the few places in Western New York.
We liked the quirkiness, including the penned off glass enclosed smoking section and the antique gas pump indoors.
The food is no frills, but super tasty. And from breakfast to dinner, you can get anything at anytime. Our two stops yielded solid results.
For breakfast, straightforward Jim’s Famous Combos are numbered 1 through 3, starting with two each eggs, bacon and sausage, plus home fries and toast ($5.99). The No. 2 swaps out toast for pancakes or French toast ($6.99). The No. 3 makes it three of each item ($7.99).
All three-egg omelets are $6.99 (meat lover’s $7.99) and come with home home fries and toast or pancakes.
My Significant Other, Greg, his mother and Aunt Terry each feasted on three large omelets loaded with fillings — bacon with cheese, Polish sausage with cheese and a western. Perfect toast and cute cubed home fries filled the plates.
My No. 2 was excellent, with scrambled eggs, lovely bacon strips, juicy grilled pork sausage links, home fries and French toast. The cheap syrup was watery, but hey, it’s a truck stop.
Short and full stacks of pancakes and French toast are $3.99-$4.99. Breakfast favorites on the menu come with two eggs, home fries and toast, and range from steak, ham steak and chicken fried steak to even twin pork chops ($6.99-$9.99).
Lunch and dinner items move in a tasty mode, too. Soups ($2.49-$3.49), salads ($7.99-$8.99), subs ($3.99/$4.99 half to full $7.99/$8.99), clubs ($7.99) and melts ($8.99) won’t break the bank.
Under the sandwich platters, I couldn’t resist the Big Rig ($8.99), a half-pound burger with cheese and bacon. (Who could finish the Bigger Rig— a whopping double half-pound burger for $10.99?)
Other platters include hot turkey or roast beef ($7.99), hot meatloaf ($7.99), a Philly steak ($7.99) and the hilarious Rubinski ($7.99) — smoked Polish sausage on grilled rye with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. All platters include fries.
Senior specials, for ages 65 and older, include breakfast ($3.99) and dinners ($7.49/$6.99 on Saturday). Kid’s meals are $4.99.
Greg went with a meatloaf dinner ($9.99). Other usual comfort food suspects include ham steak ($8.99), grilled chicken ($8.99) and turkey ($9.99). All dinners come with two sides (fries, mashed potatoes, home fries, stuffing, macaroni salad), roll and butter.
My burger arrived hot in a basket with cute green and white paper. Juicy and served on a grilled hard roll with classic melted American cheese and two nice strips of bacon, it was perfect. The hot fries were excellent. (Jim’s could become my go-to cheeseburger place.)
Greg's meatloaf slab was moist and tasty, with the signature ice cream scoop sized mashed potatoes and gravy and a surprisingly delicious homemade macaroni salad.
Service on both trips was efficient and super friendly. The coffee is excellent. We noted regulars at the next booth chatting with a waitress who knew exactly what breakfasts they wanted and how they drank their coffee. Always a good sign.
Now if I could just figure out a way to get my hands on one of those shirts.
Jim’s Truck Plaza
2125 Walden Ave. (683-9908)
Hours: Open 24 hours.
Gluten-free options: No specific menu or items.