Review cheers! you’ll be glad you came to jim’s family restaurant in american fork dining heraldextra.com oven baked chicken breast wrapped in bacon

“making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got,” the song begins. “taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Would you like to get away? … sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came; you want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; you want to be where everybody knows your name.”

It may not be a friendly neighborhood bar like the one featured on “cheers,” but jim’s family restaurant in american fork offers up a similar sense of community and home in a crowded place that can feel like anything but.

I grew up in a small idaho town that was literally a fraction of the size of most utah county cities, and loved our regular family visits to price’s café — our own little place where everybody knew our names. We were regulars, had our usual server, almost always got the same things, which our server remembered, and celebrated an impressive amount of family and personal milestones at the restaurant.American fork


It’s safe to say I was pretty devastated when it went out of business, and was certain I wouldn’t find anywhere quite the same. That is, until I went to jim’s last week.

The american fork location is actually a franchise, and part of a series of businesses started by jim fuskandrakis. Fuskandrakis emigrated from greece to canada as a teenager and built a restaurant chain from the ground up there before moving to utah and starting jim’s family restaurants.

The chain taps deeply into family-style home cooking, and features an all-day breakfast menu, as well as classic lunch and dinner options and even a good handful of traditional greek dishes.

When we arrived at the american fork location, we were tired, famished and bordering on “hangry.” the casual décor, heavy carpeting and span of tables instantly felt (in a good way) like I was stepping into an aunt’s or grandma’s house and preparing to feast on some home-cooked goodness, which did wonders for our stress levels.Just right tables and booths were spread and divided enough that though we could see other diners, and acknowledge that the restaurant was busy, but still very much feel like it was private dining.

In prepping for our visit, we checked out some of the dining options listed on the jim’s website, and noted a few things from the introductory statement, including how it will make you “feel right at home,” check. Our server did indeed come to our table “with a big smile,” check, and the apt description of the menu couldn’t be more spot on, “the more you look at our menu, the more you’ll see to tempt you.” double check.

We ordered way more food than we should have because, well, “you get great tasting food and the kind of prices that make it easy for you to take your whole family out, a lot more often.”

It was just over $3 for our 3-year-old’s kids meal, which included a giant pancake decorated into a smile with strawberries, whipped cream and bacon. It was cute AND delicious, and provided multiple tasty snacks for the next day.American fork location as a bonus, there were 10 different items for her to choose from, all for the same low price.

The first food to make it to the table were a series of side dishes to accompany the 12 oz. New york steak (it was only $3 more to upgrade from the 7 oz. Steak and it’s safe to say it was TOTALLY worth it).

The salad was pretty standard with the tasty addition of fresh-cut cucumber, but the chicken noodle soup was beyond delicious and one we all agreed we’d like to eat a bowl of, rather than just a side cup. It was well-seasoned, with thick noodles, and just the right amount of broth to vegetables. And it wasn’t long after until the steak itself arrived — tender, juicy and ridiculously flavorful. I chose mashed potatoes as my side with white gravy, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was beyond filling, well-seasoned, smooth and delicious.

Overall, I felt like I got the best deal, dinner-wise, though I can’t hide my excitement for diving into my husband’s western bacon cheeseburger.American fork location topped with BBQ sauce, two strips of bacon, cheese, two onion rings and the classic condiments (lettuce, mayo, pickles), it was a crispy flavor adventure that was just the right temperature and served with a side of fries.

The rest of our party dove into the breakfast scene with a chile verde breakfast burrito (huge, flavorful and with a little kick), a side of biscuits and gravy (flaky but not dry with a heaping helping of tasty white sausage gravy), an avocado, bacon and cheese omelette and jim’s steak skillet.

The omelette was especially well-cooked, with the egg just the right thickness, and an even helping of bacon, cheese and fresh-cut avocado interspersed throughout. It came with home-style potatoes (thin-sliced like scalloped but cooked and seasoned like hash browns) which I loved, and ended up eating most of. If you’re a big fan of traditional hash browns, however, it might not be for you. For me, it was potato perfection.

The skillet featured an ample helping of tender, seasoned steak on top of a bed of diced potatoes, sautéed onions, red and green peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese, with a topping of two any-style eggs.Just right

Considering both of those meals came with either toast or two large pancakes, it’s safe to say it’s a totally filling option, and we found ourselves packing home quite a bit of pancake.

Other than having a friendly server who was quick to keep our water filled and our plates cleared, I was probably most impressed by the flavor vs. Price. At checkout, I found myself ordering a pie to take home without feeling like I was going to break the bank. It was the best way to sample one of the many tasty pies at jim’s without stuffing myself even more than I already had by dining in and the pie we ended up with? Oreo cream. It was so delicious, with a thin, crumbly chocolate crust holding in massive quantities of whipped, creamy goodness.

Homestyle cooking at home is quite a feat. It takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. But for homestyle cooking and a family-friendly feel with little to no effort on your part? There’s no beating the flavor and quality of jim’s.American fork location

“making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got,” the song begins. “taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Would you like to get away? … sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came; you want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; you want to be where everybody knows your name.”

It may not be a friendly neighborhood bar like the one featured on “cheers,” but jim’s family restaurant in american fork offers up a similar sense of community and home in a crowded place that can feel like anything but.

I grew up in a small idaho town that was literally a fraction of the size of most utah county cities, and loved our regular family visits to price’s café — our own little place where everybody knew our names. We were regulars, had our usual server, almost always got the same things, which our server remembered, and celebrated an impressive amount of family and personal milestones at the restaurant.American fork location

It’s safe to say I was pretty devastated when it went out of business, and was certain I wouldn’t find anywhere quite the same. That is, until I went to jim’s last week.

The american fork location is actually a franchise, and part of a series of businesses started by jim fuskandrakis. Fuskandrakis emigrated from greece to canada as a teenager and built a restaurant chain from the ground up there before moving to utah and starting jim’s family restaurants.

The chain taps deeply into family-style home cooking, and features an all-day breakfast menu, as well as classic lunch and dinner options and even a good handful of traditional greek dishes.

When we arrived at the american fork location, we were tired, famished and bordering on “hangry.” the casual décor, heavy carpeting and span of tables instantly felt (in a good way) like I was stepping into an aunt’s or grandma’s house and preparing to feast on some home-cooked goodness, which did wonders for our stress levels.American fork tables and booths were spread and divided enough that though we could see other diners, and acknowledge that the restaurant was busy, but still very much feel like it was private dining.

In prepping for our visit, we checked out some of the dining options listed on the jim’s website, and noted a few things from the introductory statement, including how it will make you “feel right at home,” check. Our server did indeed come to our table “with a big smile,” check, and the apt description of the menu couldn’t be more spot on, “the more you look at our menu, the more you’ll see to tempt you.” double check.

We ordered way more food than we should have because, well, “you get great tasting food and the kind of prices that make it easy for you to take your whole family out, a lot more often.”

It was just over $3 for our 3-year-old’s kids meal, which included a giant pancake decorated into a smile with strawberries, whipped cream and bacon. It was cute AND delicious, and provided multiple tasty snacks for the next day.American fork as a bonus, there were 10 different items for her to choose from, all for the same low price.

The first food to make it to the table were a series of side dishes to accompany the 12 oz. New york steak (it was only $3 more to upgrade from the 7 oz. Steak and it’s safe to say it was TOTALLY worth it).

The salad was pretty standard with the tasty addition of fresh-cut cucumber, but the chicken noodle soup was beyond delicious and one we all agreed we’d like to eat a bowl of, rather than just a side cup. It was well-seasoned, with thick noodles, and just the right amount of broth to vegetables. And it wasn’t long after until the steak itself arrived — tender, juicy and ridiculously flavorful. I chose mashed potatoes as my side with white gravy, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was beyond filling, well-seasoned, smooth and delicious.

Overall, I felt like I got the best deal, dinner-wise, though I can’t hide my excitement for diving into my husband’s western bacon cheeseburger.Just right topped with BBQ sauce, two strips of bacon, cheese, two onion rings and the classic condiments (lettuce, mayo, pickles), it was a crispy flavor adventure that was just the right temperature and served with a side of fries.

The rest of our party dove into the breakfast scene with a chile verde breakfast burrito (huge, flavorful and with a little kick), a side of biscuits and gravy (flaky but not dry with a heaping helping of tasty white sausage gravy), an avocado, bacon and cheese omelette and jim’s steak skillet.

The omelette was especially well-cooked, with the egg just the right thickness, and an even helping of bacon, cheese and fresh-cut avocado interspersed throughout. It came with home-style potatoes (thin-sliced like scalloped but cooked and seasoned like hash browns) which I loved, and ended up eating most of. If you’re a big fan of traditional hash browns, however, it might not be for you. For me, it was potato perfection.

The skillet featured an ample helping of tender, seasoned steak on top of a bed of diced potatoes, sautéed onions, red and green peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese, with a topping of two any-style eggs.American fork

Considering both of those meals came with either toast or two large pancakes, it’s safe to say it’s a totally filling option, and we found ourselves packing home quite a bit of pancake.

Other than having a friendly server who was quick to keep our water filled and our plates cleared, I was probably most impressed by the flavor vs. Price. At checkout, I found myself ordering a pie to take home without feeling like I was going to break the bank. It was the best way to sample one of the many tasty pies at jim’s without stuffing myself even more than I already had by dining in and the pie we ended up with? Oreo cream. It was so delicious, with a thin, crumbly chocolate crust holding in massive quantities of whipped, creamy goodness.

Homestyle cooking at home is quite a feat. It takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. But for homestyle cooking and a family-friendly feel with little to no effort on your part? There’s no beating the flavor and quality of jim’s.American fork location