Woman Drives Car Into Italian Restaurant, Probably Wanted Sandwich

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A woman drove her car into Jimmy's Food Store Wednesday afternoon, crushing two tables, smashing a few bar chairs and tearing a hole into the side of the the Italian deli. While nobody was hurt, customers were enjoying a meal at an adjacent table in the same dining area.

I stopped over to snap a picture of the scene and bumped into James DiCarlo, the owner's son, who was working the front register when the car came crashing in. While a father and son contracting team deconstructed the damage, I asked James how far the car came into the place.

"It moved the espresso machine," he told me, cool as iced coffee. And then I asked him if the machine still worked, and he said it did. And so I asked him if they'd be open tomorrow and he said yes to that, too. And because it was getting close to closing time, I asked James the only rational question that could be asked at that point on a balmy February evening.

"Could I still get an Italian beef sandwich?"

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So, while the contractors were boarding up Jimmy's gaping wound, I sat in the back dinning area and tore into an Italian beef. I was recording my notes, and you could hear chunks of giardiniera falling from the soggy bread into the empty Styrofoam tray in my lap.

It was a mess, but not too messy, coating my fingers and palms, but not running down to my elbows like a dipped Italian beef would. The giardiniera was spicy, oily and salty and I was ravenous for it. James told me the lady who "parked" her car out front mixed up her gas and brake pedals, but I have another theory: She was making a beeline for one of these sopping wet odes to roast meat.

Jimmy's may not offer the greatest specimen ever, but they adhere to the basic rules, modestly invoking what is truly one of the world's greatest sandwiches. The thinly shaved roast beef is curled from a bath in hot gravy. They use loads of crunchy giardiniera, and a cheap bun that almost stands up to the soaking wet meat.

It's made with Vienna beef, not a bottom round, wet-roasted on-site. They don't wrap the gut bombs in foil; they serve them in a sandwich box, instead, and they don't ask you if you want it dipped or juicy. They just dump gravy over the thing, but as far as authentic Italian beefs go, Jimmy's mostly gets it right. It's likely the best Italian beef you can get in Dallas.

Eno's makes an OK one, but the gravy is a little flat and they serve it in a dog bowl. I hear Weinberger's Deli out in Grapevine has one too, but I haven't been yet. It's hard to get motivated to drive so far when something this good is right around the corner.

Jimmy's is a no-nonsense deli that's been banging out meatballs, red sauce and hoagies for the last 46 years. They've got tomatoes from California and Italy, and sport peppers and green relish from Chicago. They've even got the impossible-to-find Taylor Ham from Trenton, New Jersey.

They have real history, too. The building was destroyed by a fire in 2004. That disaster shuttered the store for more than a year before the owners reopened, but this one will not.

James said they should have everything fixed in about a week. I walked back up front and he was ringing up a suited gentleman who'd come to buy a few bottles of red. Behind him an older woman held a bag of frozen ravioli. Aside from the hole in the wall, filled now with a moaning reciprocating saw and the sounds of ripping wood, it was business as usual for Jimmy's. I bet they're pretty busy tomorrow.

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Sad, sad table.

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Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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'inyastsuj
'inyastsuj

Just as long as it didn't happen at Subways...I think we'll all be fine! Eat Fresh, and Eat Often:)

Martin Mitchell
Martin Mitchell

THE BEST ITALIAN BEEF OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO!!!!Glad no one was hurt!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Is this the same lady that drove into Lake Ray Hubbard a couple of weeks ago?  I still find that story amazing!  I drove by the next day, and it is damn near impossible to drive into the lake.

SCamp
SCamp

I guess she could not wait for the DiCarlos to expand so she did the demo work for them.

anonymous
anonymous

The driver actually hit a middle aged woman that was having lunch inside, she could have been crushed

Mervis
Mervis

That beef looks like the real deal you'd get back home. Plenty of beefage.

Too little beef has always been my issue with the beef sandwichs attempted in this area and I've had most of them in my 25 years here. Probably why most of the purveyors don't make it.

I'm headed to Jimmy's soon. 

twinwillow
twinwillow

I love Jimmy's. Seemingly unfazed, the girls in the back never stopped preparing sandwich orders while all this madness was going on. Gotta give em a thumbs up!

Mewkins
Mewkins

Apparently this sort of mix-up happens frequently to women. Not too long ago a woman drove her Escalade through the front door of a sporting goods store at the Preston/Royal strip.

twinwillow
twinwillow

They were having a 1/2 off sale!

Foodprick
Foodprick

Scott, keep us posted on your Italian beef findings. You hit the nail straight on - this is the closest you'll get to Al's. The deli in Grapevine is similar to Jimmy's and not worth the drive at all.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 I want Dallas to create it's own sandwich that people in Chicago bitch about.

Foodprick
Foodprick

Well, sir, that would mean that Dallas would have to be somewhat "genuine" and have a little bit of "character".  In case you haven't noticed since you moved here, it doesn't possess either of these qualities.

Dbull19
Dbull19

My wife, 9 mo. old son and I were in the back waiting on our Italian beef sandwiches when the woman in her white town car came crashing through the front. I tossed my son to my wife and ran up front to see if anyone needed help. The woman had quickly put the car in reverse and was gunning it to try and get back out of the front of the store and the smoke from her tires was as bad as anything. The car was not able to gain traction for a good 20-30 seconds and then all at once it rocketed back out the way it came dragging a table and crushed stool across Bryan and into the adjacent 7-11 parking lot. SO lucky no one was hurt. Police and Fire were there inside of two minutes. We were still able to get our sandwiches, the girls in the back didn't even stop working on the three orders in during this whole event. Definitely an afternoon at Jimmy's that we will soon not forget. 

One more thing. The a fore mentioned stool was evidently occupied as she hit the front. The older gentleman on it was able to jump sideways and miss any harm. I want his version of the story. We will be there again next Wednesday afternoon for more Italian Beef and $3.99 bottle of Zonin Chianti if anyone wants to join.  

mark
mark

hehe..embiggen..perfectly cromulent

informed opinion
informed opinion

the prosciutto pannino is where it's at, not the belly brick

nyexpt
nyexpt

Yikes! I was going to be there at that time. So glad nobody was hurt.At least all the sausage is in the back. ;-) 

Rangers100
Rangers100

Cars.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

yeah, its the cars fault, moron

sizzler
sizzler

well, no its not the cars fault. but i'd be really impressed if an old woman came crashing through a support beam, windows, tables and chairs in her walker.

jdf
jdf

"break" pedals? seriously? who is editing these stories?

Duanewmurphy
Duanewmurphy

Jimmy's "Got it going on" I love that place.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I love Jimmy's and the owner is awesome

twinwillow
twinwillow

Owner(s). Brother's, Mike and Paul DiCarlo.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Taylor ham, egg, cheese on a kaiser is North Jersey soul food. Needs to be served in a Greek diner with lots of screaming from the kitchen. Yum!

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 I picked up a pound of the ham. Bloggage is a comin'. Just need to find some breakfast partners.

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

Will there be micheladas involved?  I'll bring the Fernet.

twinwillow
twinwillow

First the fire and now this. These guys are true survivors!

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