What's guilt-free, sweet (but not too sweet) and guaranteed to improve your mood? I went to Tim's Place for the answer—a patented "Tim hug." You can meet Tim and enjoy a calorie-free hug at least five days a week.
Gobbling down a perfect Belgian waffle with homemade strawberry sauce—also sweet, but not too sweet—I take in the spacious dining room. The restaurant’s founder, Tim Harris, sits with a table full of diners.
Tim’s Place opened Oct. 1, 2010, in the Northeast Heights’ Sycamore Plaza, where it shares a pad site with Keva Juice and Firehouse Subs. But the idea germinated nearly a decade ago when Tim, then working at Red Robin, met Daniel Meeker and Javier Aguilar. They and Tim’s parents observed that patrons would come back to see Tim, who totally immersed himself in his role as restaurant host. His patrons became friends, then restaurant regulars.
In 2009 and 2010, Tim sailed through the Bahamas with his parents. On their return, Tim’s Place became a reality. Meeker, general manager, and Aguilar, kitchen manager, head an enthusiastic staff. After all the early publicity and marketing, I was pleasantly surprised by the place’s low-key atmosphere and comfortable ambiance.
The menu’s description of the “Tim’s Place biscuit bowl” is tempting: “We start with half a biscuit, layer it with scrambled eggs, sausage and papitas. We then top it off with the other half biscuit and hug it with either white gravy or green chile cheese grits.”
Lunch covers more territory with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, enchiladas and a daily homemade cobbler. Generous portions are all comfortably below the $10 mark.
Tim joins us and I remark that he looks a lot different than the photos I’ve seen. He grins and tells me that he and his dad came up with a workout routine and diet to get him in shape for a season of competition. He’s lost 40 pounds in the past seven months, and it shows.
Meanwhile, I’m gonna get hugged by some more of them green chile cheese grits.