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Jerry's Drive-In

2815 E. Cervantes, Pensacola, FL - (850) 433-9910
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/9/2013 4:04:00 AM
Although many Pensacolans know Jerry's as the hamburger place, regulars come for three square meals a day. The breakfast menu features all the usual configurations of eggs and luncheon meat (with grits and/or hash browns), plus an extraordinarily luxurious chicken liver omelet. At lunch, you can have a meat loaf sandwich, marvelous local grouper or fried mullet, and first-rate milk shakes.

But about those hamburgers: they are just right: juicy, modest-sized patties of beef beautifully dressed with lettuce, tomato, chopped onions, mustard and mayo, served with extraordinarily good cole slaw and crisp French fries. Not gourmet burgers, not unusual burgers: just good, satisfying hamburgers. It has been claimed that Jerry's invented the bacon cheeseburger. If so, my compliments to whatever chef came up with that fine idea; but even a burger without bacon or cheese here is a classic.

Jerry's originally opened for business in 1939. It is a Formica-counter café with a few tables and booths and help-yourself rolls of paper towels for customers to use as needed. The walls are decorated with college pennants, silly slogans ("Men with nagging wives live longer.... Well, at least it seems longer.") and 2009 proclamation from the U.S. Congress recognizing waitress Faye Schneidewind for 50 years of loyal service.

Despite the name, there is no in-car dining here; accommodations all are indoors.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Grouper
Smoked Mullet
Jerry's Sauce
Fried Oysters
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Fried grouper is sweet, gentle-flavored and fallapart tender. It is enveloped in a zesty crust and although 'light breading' is available, we think the oomph of the regular breading fits this fish just fine.
"Fried grouper is sweet, gentle-flavored and fallapart tender. It is enveloped in a zesty crust and although 'light breading' is available, we think the oomph of the regular breading fits this fish just fine. "
Michael Stern





'Some people say Jerry's dressing reminds them of 1000 Island,' said Hope, the waitress. It is similar, but with a mustard tang. It's a good complement for fish, for French fries, for the burger, for just about anything on the menu.
"'Some people say Jerry's dressing reminds them of 1000 Island,' said Hope, the waitress. It is similar, but with a mustard tang. It's a good complement for fish, for French fries, for the burger, for just about anything on the menu."
Michael Stern


Jerry's bacon cheeseburger is in no way outlandish, but it is a classic.
"Jerry's bacon cheeseburger is in no way outlandish, but it is a classic."
Michael Stern


Not your ordinary cole slaw, Jerry's is fresh, crunchy, and full-flavored.
"Not your ordinary cole slaw, Jerry's is fresh, crunchy, and full-flavored."
Michael Stern


No matter where you look on Jerry's walls you will find words of wisdom like these.
"No matter where you look on Jerry's walls you will find words of wisdom like these."
Michael Stern


Jerry's has been a Pensacola favorite since 1939.
"Jerry's has been a Pensacola favorite since 1939."
Michael Stern


There are no bare spaces on Jerry's walls.
"There are no bare spaces on Jerry's walls."
Michael Stern


We've yet to try the gizzards, but we can vouch for the bacon cheeseburger, whether or not it actually was invented here.
"We've yet to try the gizzards, but we can vouch for the bacon cheeseburger, whether or not it actually was invented here."
Michael Stern



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