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“As comfortable as a well worn shoe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
697 Spring St, Herndon, VA 20170-5125
703-435-5467
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Ranked #18 of 182 Restaurants in Herndon
Price range: $7 - $19
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
annapolis, md
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207 reviews 207 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“As comfortable as a well worn shoe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

Typical pubby atmosphere, lots of wood, big bar, complete with the distant aroma of smoke still lingering well after the ban. The staff was beyond nice and made you feel like you have been coming for years. They were obviously gearing up for St. Patty's day as the place was more green than brown.

The menu was small, but had a nice variety and they had some specials like Shepherd's Pie. I opted for the cheesesteak which is a favorite comfort food of mine and my husband chose the beef on weck. Both sandwiches came with homemade fries, a pickle and coleslaw. The latter was excellent, the right blend of every ingredient and a perfect side dish.

The cheesesteak with provolone looked unbelievable. Photo included. Packed with minced meat that was perfectly coated with provolone cheese. Not sure how they accomplished this, unless they made the provolone whiz like. Pretty disappointed with the Amaroso roll though as it seemed it had met its expiration date and decided to stay longer. Definitely did not help the sandwich, which was a bummer. Overall, though, enjoyable.

Beef on weck got a 6.5 out of 10. Flavors were there, but as photo shows the bun was kind of overwhelming the meat, which puts things a bit off balance. Nevertheless, perfectly acceptable and tasty. The fries were definitely flavorful and you could immediately tell they were homemade. Just wish they were crispier.

All in all though, I would have no problems going back as there was nothing I didn't like about the place.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Herndon, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Amazing old-town Herndon pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

This is a historic pub/building in Herndon and they work hard to ensure that they don't disappoint. My wife and I have been here a few times and the food and service never disappoints. The people are really nice and the service is amazing. We have had the same young lady each time and she is full of energy and always checks on us and her 1/2 dozen other tables. She times the appetizer/food arrival times perfectly and, speaking of appetizers, the Putane is amazing. It's the only place, outside of Canada, where we have found Putane. One night we were there they had a delicious Prime Rib that could be cut with a butterknife. It was delicious.

The only downside was the main that the main entrance is near the bar where folks are smoking. They do have a side entrance that folks can use and we used it to exit after tipping our waitress and polishing off our drinks.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“GREAT pub food! Beef on Weck, real Buffalo Wings, Seafood Chowder are my favorites.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

GREAT pub food! Beef on Weck, real Buffalo Wings, Seafood Chowder are my favorites.

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“Great food, great ambiance, Cheers without the pretensions of Boston. They import amaroso rolls from Philly for...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2009

Great food, great ambiance, Cheers without the pretensions of Boston. They import amaroso rolls from Philly for Cheesesteaks, Kemmowick rolls from Buffalo, and Wing sauce from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo in order to provide authentic flavors and great bar food. Ambience is perfectly comfortable, with the proprietor bending over backward for his patrons. Valentines Day special was fun if quirky. But nothing beats sitting at Jimmys for Sabres hockey or Bills football -- even if you dont' root for either. Great, great bar.

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“Great bar/restaurant. During football season it's a Buffalo Bills Bar, has some great menu items, like the greatest...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

Great bar/restaurant. During football season it's a Buffalo Bills Bar, has some great menu items, like the greatest buffalo wings in the area, and beef on a weck, and the (Canadian) poutine. On Saturday, they have a special Prime Rib dinner which is really, really good. They treat everyone like a regular.

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