Sarah and I had heard good things about Jammy Buggars for quite a while and figured that, as it was Saturday, we had time to cross the river for dinner. We were happy we did.
The establishment feels like a moderately upscale bar / restaurant with dark wooden beams and a stylish décor. The ambience is informal, and we were among a number of groups with children.
Despite arriving before 5:30pm, we weren’t seated for a half hour. The waiting area is small with few chairs, and we felt a bit cramped while standing.
We were very comfortable once seated, though. The booths are among the most comfortable in town, with thick, supportive uphostery. Tables are set with a free basket of tasty, homemade potato chips, so any hunger pangs from waiting were immediately put at bay.
Jammy Buggars has an excellent list of draft and bottled beers, and I started with a Bourbon Barrel ale ($4.50). Despite liking both bourbon and ale, this will be my last try on this beer, which is not smooth enough to fully evoke bourbon but too woody for beer.
For our appetizer we ordered the soft pretzel rolls ($7). The pretzels themselves were perfectly airy but with a subtle bite on the outside. The cheese dipping sauce was amazing, but the mustard and sweet cinnamon sauces were good, too. We had no trouble quickly polishing these off, but next time we might request three crocks of the cheese.
Sarah ordered the Almost Downtown Chicken Hoagie ($10.25) for dinner. The chicken was perfectly cooked and well-complimented by garlicky sauce and slab bacon. The fries were also good, as was the bun.
I had the “Melted Amy” ($9.50), a focaccia sandwich with lots of vegetables–portabella, spinach, roasted pepper and onions–nicely complimented by garlicky boursin and provolone cheese. While the sandwich was very tasty, I found it a bit bread-heavy and removed the top bun. I was also filling up on a second beer, Victory’s Golden Monkey ($5.50). My feelings on this high ABV Belgian have been middling in the bottle, but this draft version was outstanding, boozy and fruity with a bit of a hop kick on the tail end.
I had subbed the sweet potato fries ($1.50) for regular and was not disappointed. They were mildly flavored with airy sweet potato under a cruchy exterior.
Jonathan had the kids’ macaroni and cheese ($5), which seemed to have the same cheese sauce that came with the pretzels. He finished every bite. We might try the adult mac and cheese in the future, which features andouille sausage, broccoli and tomatoes.
Our service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
“Jammy Buggars” is basically British slang for “lucky bastard.” Based on the quality of the food and the reasonable prices, this is quite likely how you’ll feel after dining here.