Thursday, November 2, 2017
24 Hour Truck Stop Delights at JJ's Restaurant on I-30.
Unlike a lot of truck stop diners, JJ's isn't part of the same building that houses the gas station for truckers. Instead, it's part of a complex off Exit 106, a complex complete with acres of parking for both passenger vehicles and tractor-trailer rigs alike.
I can remember seeing the signs for this restaurant as long as I can remember, on many trips up and down Interstate 30. So it should be no shock that this is an older, classic eatery. The decor may be stuck in the 1980s, but JJ's Restaurant is clean and bright. On our most recent visit, I dropped by with friends to catch a late Sunday morning breakfast. We were about an hour too early for the buffet but right on time for a first meal knosh. After all, breakfast is an anytime concept at JJ's.
Of course, I noticed the sign for PIE on the wall - how could I not. I showed enormous restraint this visit, though, and refrained. After all, pie may be an anytime food, but it's not an everytime food.
Our plates all came out at once - a feat for a table of seven. While I missed shooting Hunter's pancake, I did capture the selections from my other diners.
One of my companions picked up an order of French toast.
Grav went for the patty melt, and somehow got his bacon late. In fact, everyone at the table received late bacon... I'm guessing the bacon chef had his hands full.
Me? No late bacon for me, of course. I chose well. The chicken fried steak was a hefty portion of golden-fried beef served up with a slab of shoestring-cut hashbrowns with a little onion. My side of biscuits and cream gravy was most welcome - especially since the gravy came via a separate bowl, which allowed me to douse just the amount I wanted on my chicken fried steak. It also allowed my daughter to claim and consume most of the biscuits and the remainder of the gravy herself - I should have ordered that for her, but she also wanted the pancake.
I was especially impressed with the soft scrambled eggs - my new favorite way of enjoying eggs - lightly seasoned and very fluffy without being chewy. Nicely done.
You'll find JJ's Restaurant on the west side of Interstate 30 at Exit 106, between Benton and Malvern. Come along anytime.