East County Times Dining Guide

Jimmy's Famous Seafood
6526 Holabird Ave
Dundalk, Md 21224

- Article & photo by Allison H. McAlister -

Are you trying to watch your budget but still enjoy eating out every so often? Do you love seafood? Do you crave variety? Then a visit to Jimmys Famous Seafood in Dundalk is definitely in store. Heck, even if you dont like seafood, youre sure to find something else that appeals to you on Jimmys extensive menu. And I do mean extensive, as in 25 different appetizers from which to choose, 13 kinds of salads, 12 burger variations, 16 Chefs specialties... well, you get the picture. Its an amazing amount of menu items, so your problem wont be finding something you like, itll be deciding on just one! My co-workers and I visited Jimmys on a recent weekday for lunch, and we were impressed by the renovations that had taken place since our last visit. The entire dining room has been renovated, and it looks great. The dark wood chairs and tables, adorned with white linen tablecloths and set with wine glasses and black napkins, add a touch of elegance to the beautifully decorated and inviting room. The substantial menu is also new and improved. We were hungry, so we started with two appetizers - the fried mozzarella sticks and the crab nachos. You havent lived until youve seen and tried these mozzarella sticks. They were huge! By far, these are the largest mozzarella sticks wed ever laid eyes on. And they were delicious! Described as house cut mozzarella and served with a side of marinara sauce, these were easily the best mozzarella sticks Id ever eaten. And the crab nachos? Well, theyre super good, too, and difficult to stop eating, even though I wanted to save room for my meal. Its a big mound of tri-colored tortilla chips smothered in Jimmys crap dip. Thankfully for my waistline, it didnt take too long for our main entrees to arrive! But before I get to those, my co-workers also tried the Caesar salad and the Maryland Crab Soup. Im told the salad is really good and the soup is loaded with vegetables and crab meat, very good! For my main meal, I went with the Kung Pao Shrimp Tacos, which sounded heavenly. Tempura battered shrimp tossed in Jimmys kung pao sauce and topped with Mexican slaw. Oh my, these tacos were delicious! The sauce had a bit of a kick but wasnt overly spicy, the shrimp were tasty and I was hooked. Dont be afraid to get your hands dirty - these were a little messy, but oh so worth it. The three delectable tacos are served with chips and salsa on the side. I found out later from CEO John Minadakis that the shrimp tacos were the most popular new item on the menu. My teenage daughter was the lucky recipient of my leftover taco that evening and she loved it too. Both of my co-workers really like crab cakes, so one ordered the Crab Cake Sandwich - Jimmys eight-ounce masterful crab cake served on a roll with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo - while the other opted for the Seafood Club, Jimmys award winning crab cake coupled with their jumbo shrimp salad and bacon. I heard nothing but good things about both selections. The crab cake was described as really moist and flavorful, and the fries served alongside both meals received rave reviews as well. One co-worker said the fries were really good, and she thought they were seasoned with Old Bay. Though we were too full for dessert, one of our co-workers was celebrating her birthday so our waitress brought out a slice of their strawberry cheesecake, complete with candle, and we sang Happy Birthday. The cheesecake, so rich and creamy, was a wonderful birthday treat and a terrific way to end such a great meal. Jimmys Famous Seafood has been a fixture in the Dundalk community since 1974, when it was founded by Johns late father, Demetrios Jimmy Minadakis, an immigrant from Greece. Through his hard work and determination, Jimmy built it up to include a bar & lounge, carry out, dining room and banquet halls. Today, two of his three sons, John and Tony, are carrying on their fathers legacy. John runs the business end of things, while owner Tony works his magic in the kitchen as Chef. In addition to the newly renovated dining room and the updated menu, the restaurant also runs nightly specials. These dining deals help everybody out, John said, since folks are still struggling in this economy. Monday is Lobster & Pasta, Tuesday is Steak & Rib night, Wednesday features $1 crabs and Thursday is Surf & Turf. I cant wait to go back again, but next time, I want to take advantage of Jimmys weekly happy hour, which John claims is the best happy hour in town. Monday through Friday, from 4 - 7 p.m., Jimmys Happy Hour specials feature $1 beers, $5 crushes, $5 martinis and half-price appetizers. Unlike other establishments, those half-price appetizers include every appetizer on the menu except one. Jimmys is also the place to go to celebrate those special occasions, such as rehearsal dinners, birthdays, corporate events, etc. Two private rooms are available, one accommodating up to 75 guests and the other with seating for up to 250. Jimmys Famous Seafood is located at 6526 Holabird Ave. Open Monday - Sunday, 365 days a year, 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. For more information, call 410-633-4040 or visit www.jimmysfamousseafood.net. Be sure to find them on Facebook to keep up with the latest specials and events.


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