The benefits of Gulch-dwelling continue to mount with the arrival of Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box, housed inside the renowned Station Inn. In a seamless marriage of pit-smoked barbecue and history-soaked venue, Los Angeles transplant Russell Nelson and Indiana native and filmmaker Pat Isbey have launched a terse menu of meats smoked on the premises of the Mother Church of Bluegrass.
Eight bucks buys a pork sandwich with side and drink. Don't miss the high lonesome kick of red cabbage-vinegar slaw with finely minced carrot and peppers. The menu advises simply, "Try the beans."
At yesterday's inaugural lunch, the restaurant already had the well-worn feel of a dining landmark. Not that the food itself was legendary. Ribs lacked bark, sandwiches were a little soggy, and pork could have been smokier. But overall, our table was delighted by the combination of food, atmosphere, price and service. Located just steps from the Scene office, Jimmy Carl's could likely become the next editorial lunchroom, so we'd like to go ahead and make a request for un-sweet tea and dessert--maybe some banana pudding.
Jimmy Carl's serves lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.