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A Fine Dining Experience

General Info
June 18, 2009 @ 12:00 AM Paul Sebert From The Herald-Dispatch Huntington -- In 1938, Jim Tweel borrowed $1,500 to open his own restaurant. Tweel expanded his business twice, first in 1948 and a second time in 1962. Much of the same equipment from the second expansion is still used today. However, the most famous addition to the restaurant came when a man named Bob Elmore gave Tweel a recipe for spaghetti sauce. Over the years, Tweel earned a reputation as an unofficial ambassador for the city of Huntington, keeping a door open for anyone visiting the city. John F. Kennedy had breakfast at the diner during his successful presidential campaign. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton also have visited Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House, as did Sen. Bob Dole. Today, the restaurant is managed by Jim's daughter Jimmie Carder. A number of musicians and actors, including Dustin Hoffman, also have visited. Pictures of Jim's many famous guests adorn the walls of the restaurant. "Jim's is a landmark here in Huntington. We just had our 71st birthday on June 9," Carder said. "We added a little bit to the sauce recipe in the 1950s, but we haven't changed it since. Over the years we've added a few sandwiches and a chef salad to the menu, but we haven't changed things. "We have ovens that were put in back in the 1950s that still work. Many of the tables and counters are from the 1962 expansion. We have a customer who has a motto for us: 'If you want change, go to the bank. The restaurant's signature item after all of these years remains its famous spaghetti, served with a choice of meat or marinara sauce and a side of bread. Another popular item is a cheeseburger, served on grilled bread for $2.95. The restaurant also offers a ribeye steak dinner for $12.75, served with two sides and a roll. Other sandwiches include fried haddock fish ($5.25), grilled cheese ($2.45) and grilled steak and cheese ($3.95). "We make our own chocolate, coconut and banana cream pies," Carder said.
Regular Hours

Turkey|Salads|Tea|Entrees|Juice|Rye|Cheeseburgers|Steak|Chocolate|Ham|Ravioli|Phone Orders|Home Style Dining|Handicapped Accessibility|Casual Dining|Family Friendly|Dine In|Take Out|Dinner|Restaurants from A to Z|Lunch
Payment method
check, cash only
Price Range
Restaurants, American Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurant Menus, Steak Houses
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, Italian, European, Steakhouse, Continental


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Down in the area for work & was told to come here. Nothing bad to say about the service & the food was just ok. I suppose this place holds a lot of nostalgia for the area, but I wouldn't recommend it as a place you "have to go!"



Best Coconut Cream pie you wil...

Best Coconut Cream pie you will ever eat!!! If you leave w/o trying the Coconut Cream pie you just missed it all.



Solid food & Huntington tradition

You have to eat here just to say you have. The spaghetti is nothing special but don't take that as an insult either because it's still good. I recommend getting a cheeseburger along with it as a side. Fish sandwich or Fish by itself is awesome!

Just make sure you bring cash or checks because for whatever reason you can't use a debit card which is kinda ridiculous. Goes with the old diner theme I guess.



great spaghetti - the best sau...

great spaghetti - the best sauce you'll ever eat. good bread and salad also.



friendly and homey. great fis...

friendly and homey. great fish sandwich and slaw and the best spaghetti in the tri state.