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THE DISH: Jimmy D's New York Cafe

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Jimmy D's serves, from bottom clockwise, a French toast bagel with grilled potatoes, a bagel Reuben with chips, and a meatloaf parmigiana sub with potato salad.

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The restaurant was formerly a Burger King.

On the menu

-- Chef's salad -- Lettuce, tomato, cheese, ham, turkey, egg and bagel chip croutons. Served with your choice of dressing, $5.50

-- Bagel nachos -- Bagel chips topped with chili, cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream, $6

-- New York Reuben -- Corned beef, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and spicy mustard. Served on your bagel of choice or white, honey wheat or rye breads, or a Kaiser roll, $7

-- Chicken wings -- Served mild, medium or hot with bleu cheese or ranch dressing, 10 pieces for $8

4111 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn

678-395-6446

www.jimmydsnycafe.com

Open since: April 27

Owner: Joe DiGirolamo

Location: Jimmy D's is located on Stone Mountain Highway (U.S. Highway 78) in front of Home Depot between the Pep Boys and Chase Bank, where a Burger King was formerly located.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week

Atmosphere: When owner Joe DiGirolamo took over the location, he was working with an old Burger King, furnished with mounted tables and swivel chairs, booths along the walls and four walls of windows. To give it a New York feel, he decorated the interior with reds, whites and blues, plus photos from the Big Apple.

"It's just casual fun," he said. "We cater to anybody."

When guests enter the eatery, they order food at the front counter and wait for their meals. And many people have enjoyed Jimmy D's so far, according to DiGirolamo.

"When people see 'New York cafe,' they get interested -- especially the northerners," he said. "About 80 percent of our clients are northerners. They come in and always come back."

If you're in a hurry, there is an option to call your order in and pick it up at the drive-through. Plus, Jimmy D's offers free delivery within a five-mile radius of its location.

Menu: DiGirolamo makes breakfast and lunch. That's it -- for now.

"Maybe in the future I'll stay open later," he said. "But it's nice that I get to leave after work, pick up my daughter from day care and spend time with her."

This is the New Yorker's first restaurant, but he knows the distinct flavor that has been missing in the area. He grew up in Long Island before moving to Georgia in 1994.

"I love to cook and always have people over," he said. "For the restaurant, I wanted to provide the tastes that I have become accustomed to in New York. I couldn't find anything close here."

Before thinking about a restaurant, DiGirolamo searched high and low for New York style bagels to satisfy his cravings. One day, the found the place: The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. in Marietta. Now, that's what he serves to his guests.

You can get any bagel and eat it in the classic tradition with butter or cream cheese, but there are other options with the carb-loaded circles. Jimmy D's serves bagel nachos, bagel French toast and bagels used as the bread for sandwiches.

It also sells "dirty water dogs" -- it's a New York thing.

"It's what I grew up with," DiGirolamo said. "The hot dogs stew in its own broth just like the hot dog carts in New York City."

Thing you might not know: The restaurant is named after DiGirolamo's father, who passed away in the past few years.

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Jimmy D's New York Cafe

Jimmy D's New York Cafe