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Jumpin' Java offers coffee, Asian cuisine

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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