If you’re down on your last few dollars and still have the urge to splurge, try Just Judy’s, a former Waffle House at 2210 E. 54th Street. Once upon a time in the kingdom of greasy spoons, cook and proprietor Judy shared the establishment with hubby, who is now out of the picture, or should I say kitchen, placing him in a permanent dog house. So now it’s simply (drum roll) Just Judy’s. The atmosphere is basic, but that’s not a bad thing. Many holes in the wall run low on beauty, but place first when it comes to the food competition. Unfortunately Judy’s is average in looks and taste, but would win hands down in the Miss Congeniality arena. Just Judy’s has a loyal following that can be equated to a Cheers sort of fixture where everyone knows your name type of mentality. Yes, the food is so- so, but the prices are cheap. How cheap you ask? We’re talking college student with only five bucks to fill his or her belly cheap, or stretching 20 dollars to feed a family of four at breakfast cheap. Judy’s is known for her double decker BLT’s ($4.75), and in all fairness they are quite filling, but a little on the tree bark side of things. Other sandwiches are the standard fare with tenderloins (4.95), subs (6.25), salads (2.95-5.95), and Shelley Melts (Frisco Melt) at 4.95. All sandwiches are served with homemade chips that are tasty and a step above opening up a bag of store bought ones. On the flip side of the 45 breakfast is the same mediocre song and dance, omelets (3.95-5.95) served with choice of fried potatoes and a biscuit, sausage gravy and biscuits (4.75), rounded out with pancakes and waffles (2.00-5.50). I was saddened to see the vacancy of fresh fruit on the menu and a little confused as to why waffles are served only on Sunday. To shake things up its dinner and a show Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesday is bingo night, Wednesday features country western singer Steve Jeffries, karaoke is reserved for Thursdays and Saturdays, with blues mandolin playing Andra Faye kicking off the week-end with her most requested song “Too Much Butt for One Pair of Jeans”. Even though the food may be average, and the ambiance has all the appeal of sandals worn with socks, the side order of affordability and friendly faces offers a certain type of familiarity that so many people craved in today’s recession jaded world.
Just Judy’s Ph. 254-8796