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Jake’s Pizza & Cafe

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July 18, 2010 by wcobserver

By Nick DeMoss

It could be the old-fashioned wooden checkerboard table, the vibrant green walls, the classic red checkered tablecloths or the collection of baseball hats hanging from the wall, but for some reason Jake’s Pizza just feels like home.

At 74 Main Street, Jake’s is on the way to just about everywhere in West Fork, and hungry residents would do well to stop in for a bite.

Though the name implies a simple pizza joint, the menu features much, much more. Patrons can’t go wrong at any mealtime at Jakes, as the service begins at 6 a.m. every day but Sunday, when diners will have to wait until seven.

The breakfast menu looks like it was taken right from grandma’s kitchen. Eggs, bacon, omelets of all kinds, pork chops and chicken fried steak welcome hungry diners to start their day off right. For the more daring, a breakfast burrito, sweet bread sandwich or croissant could be the answer to that morning craving.

But the Observer crew decided to wait until lunchtime to chow down, and nobody was disappointed – or hungry – afterward.

For our group of five, the ever-friendly Karen Lawson happily served our drinks before asking the difficult question of what we would be having.

The final decision of two pizzas, a hamburger, a sandwich and a buffalo wrap left everyone’s cravings filled. The Big Jake pizza piled high with various meats and vegetables was nearly too much for this reporter, even in the “mini” size. A mini Razorback (pepperoni) managed to overwhelm one dining-partner, as the rest ate on. The mini Jake’s consisted of four pieces covered in delicious melted cheese, pepperoni, bell pepper, olives and mushrooms.

Staff Photographer Brooke McNeely Galligan Jake’s Pizza cook Jesse Reyna begins to make pizza’s at the restaurant in West Fork.

Jake’s lunch selection has the same homemade goodness as the breakfast. As we waited for our food, a hamburger steak the size of a dinner plate in Karen’s hands was delivered to the table behind us, as we stared longingly at the steaming dish with green beans and mashed potatoes surrounding the enormous entrée.

As we ate and chatted, other patrons did the same, greeting one another from across the restaurant as they entered or left. As a staple of West Fork, it’s not hard to see someone familiar come through the door.

A Blue Bell ice cream sign sits tantalizingly above a freezer, beckoning customers to come in out of the hot summer sun for a sweet treat. A gumball machine sits near the entrance, taunting children of all ages to grab one for the road.

Jake’s is owned by Mary Ann Keyes and is open from 6 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, 6 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday and from 7 am to 3 pm Sundays.

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