Spike Mendelsohn Recommends the ‘Maternity Special’

Spike Mendelsohn captures Jimmy T's quirks.
Spike Mendelsohn captures Jimmy T’s quirks.

Everyone in this town has their going out go-to — the place where everybody knows your name or, better yet, no one does. It could be a power table at the Palm, a meditative rose garden at a monastery or, in celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn’s case, a friendly neighborhood breakfast joint. In this new series we ask Washingtonians to play tour guide and tell us their favorite spot in the city.

Spot: Jimmy T’s Place, 501 East Capitol Street. SE.

How He Found It: “I just stumbled upon it walking through the neighborhood. The leg lamp shade from a Christmas story was lit up in the window, that’s what caught my eye!”

Why He Loves It: “When you’re living in a city, it’s nice to go somewhere with mismatched mugs, be greeted by your name and feel like you’re a part of the family. It’s old-school hospitality — no thrills, just a greasy spoon. Cindy is the chef, owner and heart of JT’s. Cindy gets up at 4:30 a.m. in order to open at 6 a.m. This has been her family’s place forever. She works on a tiny griddle with a packed house and handles it all herself. I don’t know any chef who could do what she does with such warmth. I recommend “The Maternity Special,” which is like an Egg McMuffin but better. Also, be sure to try the pumpkin waffles when they’re in season. JT’s is DC’s hidden gem.”

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