Slickity Jim’s serves simple food done right, made with love and care. A chef owned and operated joint menu is made up of dishes with influences of Southern style cuisine.
Came here to try their famous brunch on the weekend and ended up at the counter as the restaurant was pretty full just before noon. The restaurant is long and narrow and seems like a very busy spot for brunch as there was a constant line up. Had the turkey sandwich which was just average, liked the guac in it but could of used bacon. Tried the soup (celery) and it was bland and over peppery. Prices were in the $10 range. Service was pretty good but they were a bit understaffed. Overall, wouldn't come back if I had to wait.
I haven't been here since the old location burned down. The new location isn't stuffed full of kitschy crap and has a ton more space than it did; this is a good thing in my opinion although I am sure a few Main Street hipsters would disagree. We waited about 20 minutes to get in which considering it was Sunday at 11am, was quite reasonable.
I ordered the huevos rancheros and it was exactly the same as I remembered it being: good. Tortilla topped with vegetarian chili, two eggs, salsa and sour cream. Its pretty simple but tasty. Next time I will try one of their benedicts as they have a bunch to choose from. I think the rest of my brunch party enjoyed their food as well. The coffee is pretty good for the drip variety.
Overall, I enjoyed my Sunday brunch. The service was prompt, waiting times were minimal considering the timing and the food was good. Definitely recommended and will return.
I've been to Slickity a few times after it reopened the first time and haven't been back since. I think the atmosphere and the spirit of the place is pretty unique but food-wise it doesn't quite justify the attention it gets. Just go there on a weekend morning and see if you're not bunched up at the door with other eager diners.
Menu items sound very promising on paper but 3/3 times it has come our table lukewarm. This makes a big difference. On our last visit the server working the counter seemed to begrudge us wanting change from our bill, assuming that we'd leave it all as a tip. I really dislike it when servers do this. Give the customer back exactly what he's owed, let him decide what the tip amount will be.
This was a first visit to this restaurant, having avoided the long line-ups at its previous location. For four of us, we waited about 20 minutes on a Sunday closer to noon.
I liked the interior; it was casual and the mismatched chandeliers helped create a great atmosphere. We sat in a booth, but really, they were not made for 4 people; maybe school bus seats, meant for kids. I guess sitting nearest to the kitchen doesn't help either, especially with the wait, when one notices all the food coming out but not ours!
Menu is extensive, with great titles to describe them. Once we ordered, we waited and waited. Drinks came, but I really did not care for the coffee. With a full restaurant one would think the coffee would taste fresh, but to me it didn't and even lots of milk/sugar did not make it more palatable. A smoothie ordered by one of my party was deemed very good.
Now, on to the food. I don't even remember what I had, except that it was some version of a benny and had artichokes in it. Bland, bland, and more bland. The potatoes seemed like last night's leftovers, and while no one needs more fat in their diet, these were downright mushy and gross. Sure, they had their skins on them, but that wasn't enough to save them from mediocrity. The bread was not toasted, so soft and unappealing. And the proscuitto was paper thin, one extremely thin slice. Everything I ate seemed soft and mushy.
Not one member of my party said ONE word about their meals, and we all had different items. Very telling. The friendly service didn't balance out the less than stellar food.
We had been waiting to go back to the new re-opened Slickity Jims for months. Walking by everyday on my way to work window shopping for yummy new breakfast treats and on the hunt for a new place to relax on Sunday mornings.
Upon arrival we received a welcome that was not unlike one you may have seen on Cheers (the tv show).
Walking in we looked around with glazed eyes as the design element of this spunky diner is outstanding.
The dark brown leather diner booth seats with wallpapered walls and beautiful vintage lamps are enough to pack up and call this home. The new bar is a big solid slab of beautiful cedar that really gives you something to eat on.
I moseyed into the back and there is a sunny little backroom with wooden seats and tables. I found this to be a really nice touch and provides some variation for future regulars.
Our service was very quick to answer any questions we had, serve our drinks (which were tasty), and give us a laugh. Without overstaying her welcome (you know what I mean).
Slickity Jims offers a chalkboard dinner menu. We ordered
The 'Wild Mushroom Risotto' was too much warm rice, and not enough taste mushrooms for $10. The portion was also more along the lines of a big Appetizer then a dinner item.
The Tofu Skewers where our biggest disappointment. My friend ordered dinner and recieved 3 tofu skewers on a pretty white plate. Tasty, but the portion this time was appalling for a dinner item. Priced at $7 though it's hard to complain. Yet another appetizer I think.
When the bill came we where over charged. However, I would not factor this into anything considering this was opening day.
Slickity Jims has a lot going for it now. The new space is beautiful, the servers are warm and welcoming, and the food is delicious, albeit the dinner menu is about 30% too small.
If this is supposed to be a diner then let it be a diner. The dinner menu feels more like something you might have at one of the more 'fancy' Main St restaurants. Where you go for dinner, and then you go for dinner again.
I've visited the "new" restaurant twice since it reopened and have been pleasantly surprised. If you're indecisive then it could take awhile to read through the menu. Expect to wait awhile and maybe even refill your own coffee but this usually happens when they're short staffed over long weekend. I always come back for the food because I don't care for the breakfast menu options at other restaurants. The Mango salsa salad is excellent; the salmon portion is not skimpy for under $10. Over the spring break, I went for brunch and tried their beef burger with wild mushroom and Gruyère. Lovely for someone who normally prefers fish. Try their ice tea; it's brewed and not the sugary stuff from cans. I had their cranberry lime ($2.50) and will be back the next hot day in Vancouver. Interesting observation - they always have "HELP WANTED" sign so someone apply and help Slickity Jim feed the SOMA crowd.