JESSE’S is like another old school steak house stuck in a time warp. The decor is dark stained trim with heavily stuccoed white walls and brick tile floors, mediterranean we called it back in the sixties and seventies. The furniture consists of mismatched tables and chairs in the front which would be charming if some weren’t wobbly and smaller scale. Booths are located only on the interior wall on the front porch like area street side, they are big and deep and my preferred seating. Tiffany style lighting warms up the room with color and lends a “cozy” feeling. There is a brick fireplace that doesn’t burn, too bad it’s so hot in Florida! The bar in the back and middle of the restaurant give you that packed with people sound that makes “eating out” a social getaway. The room is quite dark, light enough to see your food, but not light enough to get a good look. Overall it’s a cave-like atmosphere that’s comforting in a way.
The menu is the basic American fare you’d see twenty years ago, so it’s heavy on the red meats and fried food. Their loaded baked potato is a meal in itself. Heart healthy what??
Anyway, it was one place in Brandon that when I wanted beef we would go. The quality fluctuated quite a bit over the years, but it’s still a favorite local restaurant. The prime rib quality has stayed more consistent than the steaks and burgers. The menu has not changed much so if you want the basic American fare you grew up with, this is your place.
What would I do to kick it up a notch? Give it a thorough scrubbing and get stronger more substantial seating, preferably padded and get some fake flames going in the fireplace ;-)