Jimmy Pearls returns to Uptown with popular fish sandwiches, crab cakes and more


Uncle Gene’s fish sandwich. Photo: Peter Taylor

Fast casual restaurant Jimmy Pearls opens at The Market on 7th Street in the former spot of Uptown Yolk on Tuesday, September 13.

Why is this important: Jimmy Pearls, a beloved spot with a menu inspired by family traditions, previously operated at the 7th Street Market. He closed there last June to focus on his food truck (called Jimmy P’s) and pop-up diners at places like Free Range Brewing, Nebedaye Farms, Resident Culture and Leah & Louise.

  • The chefs behind Jimmy Pearls are Oscar Johnson and Daryl Cooper.
  • “There’s a lot of history behind everything we do, simple as it sounds,” Cooper told Axios last year.

What to expect: The Tidewater-inspired menu will feature popular items from the food truck, including their signature Uncle Gene fish sandwich. There will also be a few novelties, such as crab cakes.

“It’s a blessing to have a platform to share these stories and cook in a way that illuminates all of my elders’ work,” Cooper said in a statement.

  • Jimmy Pearls will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To note : Once the new Uptown location opens, the food truck will be used exclusively for food parties and large culinary events, according to a press release Monday.

  • Uptown Yolk, the space where Jimmy Pearls opens, closed at the 7th Street Market in the spring of 2021. The restaurant is expected to open this year in a new location, at the south end of Vantage.

Cooper (left) and Johnson in front of their food truck. Photo: Webber Symphony/Axios

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