Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse opened for business in 1938 by two best friends, Jess Kincaid and Jim Wright. The small bar and grill was originally located at the corner of 135th Street and Holmes Road, but the big tornado in 1957 moved them to their present location at 517 East 135th Street, in the heart of Martin City.
Jess left the business after starting a family, leaving Jim to run the business alone. Jim hired his cousin, R.C. Van Noy to work nights and host and manage the dining room. This worked well, Jim in the kitchen and R.C. in the dining room. In 1972, Calvin Trillin wrote an article in Playboy Magazine that brought Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse national fame (the “Playboy” steak is named after it).
Jess, Jim, and R.C. have all passed, and R.C.’s sons, Mike and David Van Noy now own and operate Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse and RC’s Restaurant (across the street). Mike and David’s children are currently being groomed to be the fourth generation to take over the family business!
Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 AM to 9 AM, and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM to 10 PM.
Call 816-941-9499 for Call-Ahead seating or to make a reservation.
Steaks may be ordered online and catering options are available. View the menu