King Jimmy’s

June 20, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Meatball reported that King Taco is now open on Highway 2 in the former Taco Inn location. Be sure to let us know if you stop by. One of these days I should offer incentives for the first person to patronize new businesses and bring back photos. Hmm…

Also, word is in that Jimmy John’s will be one of the tenants in the nearly-complete building at 33rd and Pioneers. People tell me that JJ’s makes Teh Bestest Sammiches EVAR!!1! but I’ve never been a huge fan. Maybe I’m broken.

Add YAMJ (Yet Another Mexican Joint) and YASJ (Yet Another Sandwich Joint) to your scorecard.

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beerorkid June 20, 2007 at 1:17pm

What I like about JJ is they have slims which are just meat and cheese for under 2 bones.  I am not one of them who enjoys all the veg and other toppings.
Plus vinegar jimmy chips rule.

Fletch June 20, 2007 at 1:52pm

I concur about JJ. I love the Vito with no tomato and oninon, but adding hot peppers. And the Vinegar Jimmy chips DO rule! We can also add YACJ - which I am glad to see, but there is a “Chinese Restaurant Coming Soon” to one of the strips between the Backyard Burger and the Wal-Mart down south. I haven’t been able to figure out how there are three Chinese joints at 56th and Old Cheney/Highway 2, but none have yet ventured further east and southeast from there. I hope it’s tasty!

foxspit June 20, 2007 at 2:50pm

You can add YASJ to the old Homer’s location downtown, from what the paper said a few weeks ago.


CP June 20, 2007 at 3:11pm

Read an interesting article a couple years ago about JJ. Their business plan was to build a JJ near the campus of each Big XII school. Then some non Big XII schools. Then expand from there. College students are their core demographic. It was interesting enough to me to stick in my head for some reason, not that it matters a hill of beans.

Gene June 20, 2007 at 3:11pm

I concur about Jimmy John’s. I’ve always been underwhelmed there. Hopefully someone can open a check cashing institution near there as well. All three of those in the same building would be like winning the Lincoln development trifecta.

Karin June 20, 2007 at 3:15pm

Now I want Jimmy Johns for lunch. raspberry

Swid June 20, 2007 at 3:35pm

There’s also YASJ going in next to the downtown Oso.  I can’t remember the name, but the branding led me to believe that it’ll likely be a Jimmy John’s clone.

JackM June 20, 2007 at 4:49pm

Is JJs the only thing going into that 33rd and Pioneers new building?  When you said “One of the tenants”, it seemed to indicate there may be more.  I’m assuming we’re talking about the new building on the Southwest Corner that promised “occupancy in May”.  That didn’t go too well for them.

Mr. Wilson June 20, 2007 at 4:58pm

JJ’s will occupy the south half of the building. The north half is unclaimed at this point.

Duffman June 20, 2007 at 5:43pm

I tried to go to Taco King today.  Unfortunately for me they are not taking Credit Cards right now so seeing how every one in my group never carry cash or check we had to leave to go else where for lunch.  On a side note it felt like they didn’t have any AC in there either cause it was freaking hot for the few minutes I was in there.

Fletch June 20, 2007 at 7:04pm

Why would you want to accept credit or debit cards? Just another passing fad. I’m sure they won’t be around for long (rolls eyes). I really fail to understand why restaurants in particular make it so hard sometimes to do business with. I never carry a checkbook, and I don’t always have a ton of cash - so it amazes me when places won’t take debit or credit either. I do utilize checking, and also don’t fully understand all the places that no longer take checks. You can pay for services to verify them and the funding so you don’t get taken by bad ones. The costs are lower than the fees to take credit cards. Even at the risk of being burned once in a while, I think you open yourself up to the most customers possible if you take cash, and checks, and credit and debit cards. That should accomodate everyone. I have the mentality of a retailer, and I think rule number one is that you have to make it as easy as possible for your customers to shop with you. Why throw up barriers? (End of rant. Thanks.)

Duffman June 20, 2007 at 7:13pm

An ammendment to my prevouse post they said that their Credit Card machines were not working yet.  I take to mean they will take them in the future.  But I am glad I said it they way I did cause it set off Fletch’s AWESOME rant!!  I loved that man!!!

beerorkid June 20, 2007 at 8:06pm

so roost samich shop is gonna open up next to OSO.  My friend tells me it is a chicken salad type thing.


the homers one

Great wraps is apparently gonna close.

foxspit June 20, 2007 at 9:19pm

Way to do your homework BorK!  By the looks of your links, I wonder if the Roost by OSO is locally owned?  That would be nice.

The one in the old Homers looks like all the others to me.

beerorkid June 20, 2007 at 9:44pm

been following some stuff on this on other sites.
My friend is a manager of JJ’s. 

So apparently the erbert and goblert place was started by Jimmy John’s Cousin who got a store from Jimmy and then Jimmy offered some $ to expand and the cousin blew him off and started ezbert and globster.  basically copied the exact same “style” and now they are like the hatfields and mccoys.

I would be scared to go down 14th cuz you might get hit in the crossfire wink  They hate each other.

Yup roost is a wealthy local guys new thing.  I hope it has more than just mayo bound goop sammiches. 

Still I hate to say it, but I love quiznos.  mmm mmm toasty.

Planet sub has some good pastrami.  Manhattan deli has awesome pastrami.
M&N gots good pastrami.
I wuvz my pastrami.

Oh little birdy told me a sammich shop already downtown is gonna move to the taco del mar location downtown.

Swid June 20, 2007 at 10:00pm

FYI, Milio’s is the sandwich shop owned by Jimmy’s cousin, not Erbert & Gerbert’s.

beerorkid June 20, 2007 at 10:26pm


Guess that is what I get for listening to gossip.

foxspit June 21, 2007 at 3:06am


Who is the local owner?

beerorkid June 21, 2007 at 3:14am

No clue just, heard gossip about the fellow.  No name was mentioned.  I hope the place serves up some unique fare.  Always love to support local biz.

Offer bacon, they will come wink

beerorkid June 21, 2007 at 3:21am

chains / franchises you are stuck to certain offerings and ways.  Being independent and able to adapt is key. 

I walked past the construction crew today.  Looks like it is moving along. They have paper on the windows with their logo. Gonna be a while still I bet.  It is nice that they will probably be branded well.  As if they are approaching it as a franchise like atmosphere with the website and established logo.

I admire the effort they are investing in it already before it opens.

Fletch June 21, 2007 at 3:40am

I love the idea for local mom ‘n pops to mimic the look of a franchise atmosphere with name, signage, and branding. It makes great sense. I do question (and I’m confused now about who is whom) the I’ve-never-owned-a-restaurant-but-everyone’s-gotta-eat-right? guy that opens a restaurant (coughcough Stackwoods coughcough), but I would think the downtown sammich market would be a tough nut to crack since they are everywhere, especially on the JJ/Doozy’s/Subway block.

Too bad to hear about Great Wraps - I’ve not been downtown, but I’ve had them at the mall and really like them. Also too bad about Taco Del Mar, but we beat that burrito to death in another thread. Some dude has to be taking a bath on that deal, opening and closing two of them had to cost a small fortune. It seems to me the dude had rights to a bunch of them or the area development rights, too. That’s gotta sting.

I concur with Beerorkid - bacon is a must-do. I also think you can’t go wrong with pepperoni!

beerorkid June 21, 2007 at 4:06am

From what I hear the guy who owns taco del mar also owns another successful franchise.  Was probably a hit, but in the grand scheme of it not too bad.

cough*Jared / eat fresh*cough

JackM June 21, 2007 at 10:09am

While we’re talking about that 33rd and Pioneers area (or at least we were), I’m hearing that Scooters is looking at putting a drive-thru kiosk somewhere near (on?) the land that Russ’s has just south of there on 33rd and Hiway 2—and they also are planning a couple others around the city.

Mr. T June 21, 2007 at 12:34pm

From what I hear the guy who owns taco del mar also owns another successful franchise.

I believe the owner of the downtown Subway is also the owner of the Taco Del Mar as well.

foxspit June 21, 2007 at 1:31pm

I know what you mean about the local branding.  The former owner of the Chartroose Caboose in Lincoln owns a small franchise called PepperJax.  They have locations in Omaha and have branded themselves pretty well.

With Lincoln diners’ tendency to prefer franchises, it’s probably a shrewd move to spend some time on branding even if you’re a one-shop diner.

DianeK June 21, 2007 at 2:56pm

All this discussion about sandwich shops! Do you folks ever fix a meal at home?  smile

beerorkid June 21, 2007 at 2:59pm

:p thpbpthbpbpthbpthpbt…......

Duffman June 21, 2007 at 3:01pm

How do you fix a meal at home?  Oh you mean have it delivered!  :o)

meatball June 21, 2007 at 4:37pm

For some of us, meals out are just snacks between the meals we fix at home.

foxspit June 21, 2007 at 6:00pm

I just saw an image of a great looking club sandwich, so I know some of us can cook.

beerorkid June 22, 2007 at 4:31pm

well them lincolnites must be busy so I will try to make this the most commented post evar.

I plan on topping that club sammich today for lunch.  Even though I got some good sleep last night, I hope this will put me in a coma.

Taking some comp time I earned so I will start at 1:30.

on the grill lightly toast the inner side of some honey wheat bread, cold virginia smoked ham, pepper bacon from Faltins meat in Howells NE, cold turkey, tomatoes, provolone, lettuce, grill roasted red peppers, skillet warmed pastrami, and some swiss.  Finish it off on the grill and enjoy with a beer and some chips.

Or I could try a new taco joint, naw.

Moses June 22, 2007 at 4:37pm

take out the lettuce and red peppers and replace with thinly sliced Walla Walla Sweet Onion and you are really talking…..........

beerorkid June 22, 2007 at 4:38pm



Well I guess fried onions rule.  Anything fried rules wink

Moses June 22, 2007 at 4:46pm


beerorkid June 22, 2007 at 4:53pm

speaking of raw onions (gag)

I had lunch at El Ranchero Sunday.  I had heard so many good things about it.  Twas a bit low on fundage so got three chicken tacos.  It was soft corn torts with some chicken, cilantro, and a heaping load of finely chopped onions.  They should of just called it an onion taco.

I scraped off as many as I could, ate 1.5 of them, then ran home bleached and scrubbed the onion stank off me.  had to shower with kerosene.  They just don’t make water hot enough.

not a fan of onions wink

Kind of ruined El Rancho for me.  I will try them again sometime and get some delicious enchilada or something.

foxspit June 22, 2007 at 7:30pm

Mmmmm.  Sounds like a tasty sammich.

I’m a little lethargic just reading about it.

beerorkid June 22, 2007 at 8:05pm


Still a good sammich but the life partner threw away the lettuce and tomaters.  Darn her (raises fists to sky) wink

It was meat overkill to the max.  The red peppers helped a bit, but it was a bit of a guilty meal.  Finished 1/2 and picked the bacon off the second.

Oh well at least it was an adventure.  Mangling three animals into one sammich does sound delish, but a plain pastrami with swiss is about as good as it gets.

foxspit June 22, 2007 at 8:21pm

Looks great! Love the toasted bread.

One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had was one a friend of mine made.  Took some tomato basil bread from Panera and toasted it, added some grilled boneless chicken breasts from the Watering Hole that were leftover from his wedding reception, added some bacon and lettuce and swiss cheese.  Might have had a tomato on it too. Mmmmm, mmmm, good.

beerorkid June 22, 2007 at 8:26pm

sounds delicious and not too unhealthy.
Excellent idea for a dinner.
Thanks for the tip.

D.M.B. June 22, 2007 at 11:39pm

Is this the most discussed item ever on

Fletch June 23, 2007 at 12:19am

Probably not yet, but if we could start an argument with Neal about whether the LJS is Communist propaganda or not, we could surely take it to 70 posts or more. (Kidding, Neal.)

meatball July 18, 2007 at 4:56pm

Just searched new commercial building permits and see another Jimmy John’s coming to south Lincoln at 16th & Pine Lake. Sweet news for me! Just a hop, skip and a jump from home. I think that means there will be four JJs in Lincoln—downtown, somewhere on north 48th, 33rd & Pioneers and now on Pine Lake.

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