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Jim Barbarie's

47 Padanaram Rd., Danbury, CT - (203) 743-3287
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/2/2014 9:00:00 AM
For some customers, Jim Barbarie's is a prime rib place. The King Cut size, at $33.95, including salad and potato, is one magnificent slab of beef, the juiciest, tastiest prime rib you will find for miles around.

Others think only of lobster when they walk in the door of this old tavern / restaurant. Various sizes of whole lobster are available, from one to four pounds, and sometimes up to eight pounds. They are ravishing lobsters: tender, aromatic, moist and ocean-sweet. If whole steamed lobster with butter to dip it in is not your cup of tea, Jim Barbarie's also offers baked and stuffed lobster and lobster tails.

For non-committal types, the menu lists all kinds of surf & turf options, including Black Angus top sirloin and lobster tail, prime rib and king crab legs, filet mignon and stuffed shrimp, and half-pound sirloins with broiled scallops.

Please note the shrimp cocktail: it is a four-jumbo classic, well worth ordering ... unless you like oysters on the half shell, which are also wonderful. The menu is big, including pastas of all shapes and sauces, sauteed chicken breast topped with prosciutto and mozzarella, succulent pork chops, and gold-crusted fish and chips. One recent evening, the day's special was six-hour lamb shank -- a long cooked, on-the-bone hunk of ridiculously tender and deeply flavorful meat that literally fell off the bone when gently poked.

Warning: on weekend nights, Jim Barbarie's tends to get very crowded. Be prepared to wait for a table. Later in the dinner hour on weekends, there is live entertainment in the form of a Top 40 band, and tables are pushed back to make a dance floor.

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A queen cut serving of prime rib. Not shown: sinus-clearing horseradish cream that comes alongside.
"A queen cut serving of prime rib. Not shown: sinus-clearing horseradish cream that comes alongside."
Michael Stern





This garlic toast has a good crunch and only a very subtle garlic flavor. It is set upon a bed of parmesan cream for dipping.
"This garlic toast has a good crunch and only a very subtle garlic flavor. It is set upon a bed of parmesan cream for dipping."
Michael Stern


Four servings of queen cut prime rib. The foreground and background cuts are medium-rare. The one on the left is medium. The one on the right is medium-well.
"Four servings of queen cut prime rib. The foreground and background cuts are medium-rare. The one on the left is medium. The one on the right is medium-well."
Michael Stern


The mineral tang of spinach is a great companion for red meat. Jim Barbarie's 'pot of spinach' is ultra creamy and shot through with the flavor of cheese.
"The mineral tang of spinach is a great companion for red meat. Jim Barbarie's 'pot of spinach' is ultra creamy and shot through with the flavor of cheese."
Michael Stern


For more than fifty years, Jim Barbarie's has been a destination restaurant for lovers of big portions of meat and lobster, and beautiful cocktails, too.
"For more than fifty years, Jim Barbarie's has been a destination restaurant for lovers of big portions of meat and lobster, and beautiful cocktails, too."
Michael Stern



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