My husband and I traveled to CT for some prime leaf peeping (beginning with “Fall Foliage Tour...River Rambles Along Route 9) in addition to visiting some charming little towns, such as Old Saybrook.
I compiled recommendations from fellow T.A. contributors and came up with three options for lunch in Old Saybrook. When we first arrived at J.A.M.M.S. location in a very plain strip mall, I had second thoughts about our selection. We stepped inside and found the cheerful country-style cafe to be nearly empty, which could have caused another ‘second thought’ but we sat down at a window table and perused the menu. The options were tempting and our decision was a tough one.
My husband chose the Monte Cristo sandwich and I chose the Grilled Reuben. The descriptions (on the menu) of these sandwiches fit them toe a tee...in fact didn’t do the actual sandwiches justice. The Monte Cristo was definitely on ‘Texas toast’ but the real standout here was the ham. The careful selection of premium ham the owner/chef made was clearly worthwhile and he surely didn’t skimp on the portion of these delicious thick cuts of meat. My Grilled Reuben was much the same, grilled to perfection with a generous amount of pastrami and cheese. Could this be the best sandwiches...ever?!
J.A.M.M.S. is family owned and operated. We got warm friendly service and it’s evident they work hard to please. I thought it was charming that the chef whistled while he cooks. It’s apparent that he enjoys what he’s doing. They have a great thing going when it comes to the menu and food.
The only suggestion I would make is to improve on ‘curb appeal’ - which might not be necessary for loyal local customers, but could make it more inviting for newcomers. Maybe a few potted plants or a long flower box outside their window would be enjoyed both from the inside and the parking lot.
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