Photo by Anita Sherman
BABY JIM’S CELEBRATES 70 YEARS. It was in March 1947 that Baby Jim’s first arrived on the scene in Culpeper. Now, 70 years later it is still heralded as a local landmark and go to place if you’re hungry for a good burger, fries and milkshake. Speaking of fries, Baby Jim’s was voted the 2017 Culpeper Times Best of the Best for their fries. On any given morning, the parking lot at 701 N. Main is full as customers line up for a sausage biscuit or bacon and egg sandwich. Owned and run for decades by the Jenkins family, son Collis Jenkins turned the reins over to Matt Corbin and his mother Ann Hume. Ann laughs. “My first job when I was 16 was at Baby Jim’s. After 36 years working in customer service for Communications Corporation of America, she decided to take those skills back to Baby Jim’s. She couldn’t be happier working alongside her son Matt Corbin as they bring both keep the memories going. “It’s amazing,” says Ann of recent customers that were headed back to Maryland but stopped at their favorite eatery remembering it from years ago.
“My favorite is hot dog, chili and cheese,” grinned Corbin who remembers his mother bringing it home time after time. While burgers and hot dogs are their mainstay, Corbin has added a variety of seafood offerings and look for a new one to come. “We’ll soon have soft shell crab sandwiches,” says Matt, “I know they will be popular and we’re always looking to improve.” No doubt they will be as are their fish, oyster and shrimp boxes. Traveling to the Northern Neck and licensed to crab, Corbin is adding seafood goodies to an already popular menu. And there’s more. Ann is baking up desserts like pound cake, pies and cheesecake. Ann can remember the days when the popular snack bar wasn’t open in the evenings but that has changed. They are open Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Starting June 1 they will have a Kid’s Night where they are open till 9 p.m. serving up corn dogs and chicken nuggets. You can still see signage that says “No Loud Talking and No Foul Language” and folks respect that. But it’s still a hot spot and Friday and Saturday evenings are booming. These days employees are sporting Baby Jim’s 70th anniversary T-shirts which are available for purchase.
In a rush, place your order ahead. Congratulations on your special place in the hearts of many!
Baby Jim’s Snack Bar is located at 701 N.Main Street. You can reach them at 540-829-9212.