Just 'round the bend from Spiceman's is Jimmy's Food Store. Jimmy’s gets a lot of play in the "you're not from Dallas unless..." category, and for good reason: a DiCarlo family owned-market of some form or fashion has been on the corner of Bryan & Fitzhugh for three generations. Good folks from across town flock to the shop for its old fashioned know-how and singular focus on all things Italian. This focus, it seems, is what keeps Jimmy's thriving in the face of an ever-changing competitive and neighborhood landscape.
It's got an impressive cheese selection, cured meats, and wine - all from Italy save for one bottle of Portuguese, which according to the gal passing out samples "must have snuck in somehow... it won't be here for long." They've got a fresh meat case, fresh pizza dough, and fresh sausage made in-house (and sold to a number of local restaurants). And where else in East Dallas you going to find semi-boneless marinated quail?
There's salumi, hot sandwiches made-to-order (I can vouch for both the Cuban and Muffuletta), and about five doors of refrigerated ravioli that looks like it was rolled, stuffed and cut in someone’s grandmother’s kitchen - packaged in Ziplocs with the flavor handwritten in Sharpie.
Specialty engenders loyalty, and if Jimmy's keeps it up I don't see why they can't stick around no matter what changes await. But there again who I am to say? I'm not even from here.
JIMMY'S FOOD STORE
4901 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75206