Jumpin' Java offers coffee, Asian cuisine

October 2, 2008 

    1694 Whittlesey Road, 706-320-0040

    Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday

    Atmosphere: Very cozy, with custom-painted walls by Columbus artist Sue Boushka. The first thing you'll notice when walking in is the fragrance of very good coffee. The second is the cheery welcome by either owners Kwang or Chong Kim.

    Beverages: Coca-Cola products, iced tea, bottled drinks ranging from teas to fitness drinks.

    Starters: None to speak of.

    Main dishes: Here, you can go either traditional coffee shop fare or Asian. There are sandwiches, salads and combos or sushi and teriyaki dishes (chicken, beef, shrimp, veggie or seafood) and the traditional Korean dish, bulgogi.

    Side items: Pasta salad or fruit cup.

    Specialty diets: There are plenty of vegetarian choices from the veggie teriyaki plate ($5.19) to the lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, bell pepper, cucumber sandwich ($4.99)

    What to wear: Very casual.

    Whom to take: Anyone who wants coffee. Or breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Of note: The sushi. A combination (California roll and two pieces each of tuna, salmon and shrimp) for $9.95. Add a salad and tea and it's just over $11.

    The bottom line: Breakfast ranges from $1.99-$5.59. Lunch and dinner plates are $5.19-$9.99. Sandwiches are $4.99-$7.19. Combo plates are $3.95-$7.59. Salads are $4.95-$6.95. Sushi is $3.35-$7.50 for the rolls; combo plates are $9.95-$32.95.

    Desserts: There are cookies, brownies and the yummy looking triple chocolate cheesecake that run $2.85-$2.89.

    Crowds and waiting: Busy at breakfast and lunch. It sometimes takes a little while because everything is made to order.

For almost 12 years, Kwang and Chong Kim have run Jumpin' Java. Previously, for 10 years, it was in a small shopping center across from River Road Elementary School.

It's been in its current location on Whitesville Road, across from a CB & T bank branch, for almost 18 months.

Owner Chong Kim says the new location is much more visible. His customers have followed him to the new place, and he's gained more regulars.

The restaurant is cozy, custom-painted by Columbus artist Sue Boushka. The walls are a warm chocolate brown, with cappuccino-shaded accents. One wall features bright green and white circles.

There's a counter next to the dessert case topped with marble.

The menu is a little different from the usual coffee shop.

There's the usual coffee shop fare like sandwiches, salads and combos of quiche and salad, soup and salad, sandwich and soup or salad, chicken or tuna salad plates.

But then there's the Asian side — sushi and the traditional Korean dish of bulgogi (marinated beef stir-fry with vegetables and rice). There are also teriyaki dishes featuring chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables or seafood, served with white or brown rice and steamed vegetables.

It's all good.

Vegetarians and even vegans can eat here. There's the Veggie sandwich (lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, bell pepper, cucumber) served with a side of pasta salad or a fruit cup for $4.99). The Jumpin' Veggie is cheddar cheese, tomato, sunflower seeds, raisins, sprouts and poppy seed dressing on rye bread for $5.59. It too comes with pasta salad or fruit cup.

Kids won't go away hungry. They've got a choice of peanut butter and jelly or turkey, ham or grilled cheese with chips for $3.19.

But what's a coffee shop without coffee?

The coffee of the day comes in three sizes $1.25-$1.65. The espresso and speciality drinks are $2-$3.85. Frozen drinks are $3.25-$4.25.

Not a coffee lover? There's hot chocolate ($2.35-$2.75), hot tea ($1.50), chai ($3.65), hot cider ($1.75-$2.25) or a steamer ($2-$2.50).

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