Jimmy’s Food Store 4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206 Telephone: 214-823-6180
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Takeout: Sandwiches available 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m Sunday: Closed
From Jimmy’s Food Store in Dallas:”We are an Italian Food Store in Dallas, TX operated by the DiCarlo Family since 1966. We specialize in Italian Imports of food and wine. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9am to 7:30 with the Sandwich Counter closing at 7pm. Unless otherwise posted during Holiday Periods. You can go to our website to add your email to receive our newsletter about events and products.”
Mike DiCarlo and his brother Paul grew up with Jimmy’s Food Store after their father closed his larger South Dallas supermarket in 1966. “He bought this store when he went into semi-retirement,” DiCarlo says. “I was 13 years old, in the seventh grade at St. Thomas. When I first walked in the store, I asked my dad, ‘What on earth did you buy this thing for?’ It looked so much smaller than the big supermarket he had before.”
This small grocery store soon became a favorite to locals. One can order hefty, fresh sandwiches at the counter, sample house-made olives, and shop for everything from imported balsamic vinegars, to handmade pastas. The imported cheese and meat selections are expansive, the antipasti bar is stuffed, and in true Italian fashion, dollar espresso shots are available all day.
If it isn’t shipped in from Italy or the east coast it’s handmade in the Jimmy’s kitchen. Jimmy’s sells thousands of homemade lasagnas every month, especially over the holidays when they simply can’t keep them in stock. The sandwiches made within Jimmy’s are divine. They might ruin you for every sub chain, forever. The crowd-favorite Italian Stallion comes with mortadella, capricola, soppressata, pepperoni, provolone, porchetta, coppa, mozzarella, and prosciutto. All subs are dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cherry peppers, Romano cheese, mayo, and mustard.
Before becoming the city’s best Italian deli, Jimmy’s was a neighborhood grocery store for the diverse group of immigrants that populated East Dallas. People from far-off lands like Laos, Cambodia, Mexico and Cuba bought traditional kitchen staples like rice, tripe, and plantains from Jimmy’s until the DiCarlo brothers decided to focus exclusively on Italian goods in 1997.
Drive by Jimmy’s Food Store any morning the week before a big holiday and you’ll likely see a line of thirty or so customers eagerly waiting for the shop to open. Jimmy’s sells approximately 3,000 lasagnas in December. The DiCarlo brothers claim the shelves are more than half empty when Christmas arrives.
This local Dallas landmark has become a holiday tradition for many families in North Texas. This year, get ahead of the crowd and do your shopping early at Jimmy’s. If you are interested in living near Jimmy’s food store, please call Texas Pride Realty Group to get started on your search 972-754-0582.