Jimmy’s 100 is a large multi-level location of the local cafe chain with a front and back patio, facing the original miniscule Jimmy’s Coffee.
It’s part of a redevelopment of old row houses that includes other businesses like Chubby’s Jamaican.
Upon first entering, there are typical hallmarks of the owner-designed cafe like exposed brick and tin ceilings.
Upstairs, there’s lots more space with a table made out of the first original Jimmy’s espresso machine.
Back when this was a home, a Jimmy’s barista (now manager) actually resided in the room that’s now a rentable boardroom with a historic print of Bay Street from the Toronto Archives.
This upstairs area also features a record player from the sixties sunk into a vintage speaker cabinet. The initial records in the cabinet are a barista’s, but watch out for evening programming (this location is open until 10 p.m.) when you can bring in your own vinyl.
This is the first and only Jimmy’s to do nitro cold brew ($4.50 for 12 ounces), made using a blend of the house medium roast Dean and dark Hendrix. It’s a little nutty and rich but still bright with a smooth texture thanks to the nitro infusion.
This means they’re also the only Jimmy’s to offer a nitro cold brew float ($6.50 for a 12-ouncer) made with a simple scoop of French vanilla. The ice cream melts quickly into the coffee and creates a thick foamy layer, but this simple combo is a winner no matter what.
Cappuccinos and other espresso-based staples all start at $3.75, made with Jimmy’s standby Hoffa beans, which create coffees that are just a little sweet and caramelly.
A seasonal Purple Haze ($4) capitalizes on the pretty hue of butterfly pea flower in an iced herbal tea sweetened with a little lemongrass, the colour enlivened further by a lemon wedge that also accents the grassy tea with citrus.
This location stocks tarts ($4.50) from nearby Delysees, a salted caramel popcorn and lemon mango meringue both with crumbly bases.
Chocolate filling is dense and indulgent, a base of mango under the lemon filling fresh and tart, the meringue super pillowy and soft.
As always, this Jimmy’s has a healthy retail selection of mugs ($14), thermoses ($20), hats ($15) and way more apparel and coffee equipment.
Both locations are still operating (with slightly differing hours) because although the old location across the street has become congested due to popularity over time, it’s still passionately beloved by regulars.