September 26, 2003
In the heart of downtown New Glarus, Jimmy’s is known as one of the best country pubs in Green County to offer both good food and good music. Bands like the Huber Music Company play here throughout the week. The musicians set up near the front door and the crowd faces them. On nice Sunday afternoons, the deck fills up with people from all over the country who come for the hearty grub.
We ate dinner here one night. I had a Deluxe Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which was a grilled cheese on rye with cheese, tomato and bacon. Since I had a cold, this was the perfect comfort food. The sandwich was great, but the split-pea soup was mediocre. The others had burgers and a chicken sandwich, all of which were very tasty.
Jimmy’s Restaurant is owned by Jimmy Knox, a local farmer. He refurbished the 1880s corner building, where Al Capone allegedly used to hang out. There are lots of ghost stories for the building as well. You can expect to see all different kinds of people in this bar. The weekend we were visiting happened to be the 100th anniversary of Harley Davidson, which was being celebrated in nearby Milwaukee. Many attendees made a stop in New Glarus and stopped into Jimmy’s for a Spotted Cow, made by the local New Glarus Brewery. You will also see yuppies, farmers, and tourists of all sorts here.
From journal New Glarus: America’s Little Switzerland