I had been hearing great things about this place for years and had been dying to go there. I finally went to Jimmy's in March 2007 with my sister and her family. I must say, I don't know what all the hype was about. I was pretty disappointed.
First off, we wanted to be seated in smoking/bar area, but we were squished into a table in the corner there. Where I was sitting it was hard to get in and out of my chair which was really close to the wall. We were also right by the entrance and got a cold draft every time someone came in or went out. One guy was holding it open for a few minutes. Not sure if he worked there or was a patron.
We were greeted by the waitress right away, but got carded for drinks. I don't mind being carded, but it was a huge ordeal. The waitress took our ids with her. Another guy came over (manager?) with them and wanted to see our credit cards to match the signatures. No telling what would've happened if we didn't have credit cards.
My sister couldn't get a drink because her id has not been replaced from when her purse was stolen, but she offered to show them her police ticket for id to prove she was over 21. According to a sign on the front door, If you're under 21 you have to leave after 10:00. So, she couldn't drink, but they didn't want to check for that. ??? My nephew was with us and they were a bit rude about informing us he would have to be out by 10, which we already knew since seeing the sign when we walked in.
It took us awhile to look over the menu. We didn't see a whole lot that sounded that great. When the food came, my sister was eating a couple bites of veggies first, but when she took a bite of her chicken, she looked like she was going to be sick. She didn't want to be rude by sending it back, but I asked if she could get something else instead when the waitress came back. She kept looking at the menu, but ultimately didn't get anything else, so she didn't even get dinner.
My food was okay, but was a veggie wrap with fries. So it was nothing more than a salad in a tortilla for $8.00. Eating the second half, I noticed it was pretty salty and my sister's boyfriend's burger was really salty, too. I guess it's that old bar trick, trying to make you thirsty and order more drinks.
They had a kid's menu, but my nephew is picky, like most kids I suppose. His chicken tenders were a bit over browned so he refused to eat most of them. His drink was in a huge glass, too. Too big for a kid sitting at a table to drink out of without dumping it over and making a mess.
They removed my sister's meal from the check and comped my nephew's dessert, which was nice, but barely makes up for the prices and everything else. I had gotten a well margarita and discovered it was $6 or $6.50 when we got the bill! It was pretty weak, too. I've never paid that much for cheap tequila anywhere else. (Or charged that much at places I have tended bar.) I'm glad I only got ONE!
So, what started out as an exciting time, going out on a RARE occasion, turned out to be a real let down.
We were there on a week night, so there wasn't much of a crowd either. I guess if you went there on a weekend night JUST for beers or something and some ambiance, it MIGHT be a good time. If my nephew wasn't so hungry, we would've just finished our first round of drinks after all the initial bs and ate elsewhere.
There are SO many places to hang out in Naperville though so I think I would try some other bars before I even consider going back to Jimmy's for drinks. I definitely won't ever have dinner there again. Or ever WORK there like people have suggested.