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A Memory Of Jim’s Charbroil

January 29, 2016

A question came up on Quora asking for favorite Northwestern/Evanston places that no longer exist. Never missing an opportunity to wax flowery and nostalgic, I posted my response:

Jim’s Char Broil. When we’d had our fill (for a time) of Buffalo Joe’s, or just really wanted some gyros, it was Jim we turned to. When we despaired during midterms or finals, Jim’s gave us recourse. We always thought Jim would marry off one of his daughters (we assumed he had daughters) to our buddy Chad, who would then inherit the Char-Broil when Jim decided it was time to retire. Chad would keep the name Jim’s, of course, out of respect. In fact, it wasn’t off the table that he’d BECOME Jim. Chad would hire the rest of us, and we’d live simple but full lives, telling tales, frying fries, and using too much tzatziki. But it wasn’t meant to be. We all graduated, found jobs in our fields, and Jim… disappeared. We never got to meet his daughters.

Today, more than two decades after those days at Jim’s, a woman sent me a lovely note through LinkedIn.

I saw your comment on Quora. My dad is Jim from Jim’s Char Broil. I just wanted to reach out to you and say thank you for your kind words. You’re right, he does have two daughters 🙂 He is enjoying retired life. I will pass along your quote, I’m sure it will put a smile on his face.

What is the German word for delighted, embarrassed, and astonished, all at once?

From → Legit Journal

  1. exquisitecorpse2016 permalink


  2. Scott Peckenpaugh permalink

    just saw a friend post about gyros on facebook, so i googled Jim’s Char Broil and found this. my ALL-TIME favorite place for gyros!! i’d barely walk in the door and i’d hear Jim yell out “Extra meat, extra sauce” for my order. even after i left NU, i’d go back here once in a while.

  3. Richard permalink

    I loved Jim’s (it was great when the cheeseburger’s cheese spilled over to the very good fries

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