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Jumpin Jack's Drive-In

by Courtney on June 7, 2010

Tonight, Jay and I finally had our “double dinner date” with my friend Heather and her hubby, Mike.  We have been trying to get together for what seems like FOREVER, so we were super psyched to finally get our schedules “in sync” :)

Our meeting place for tonight was Jumpin Jack’s Drive-In, which (despite living within 25 minutes from it all of my life), I had NEVER been to!  I’ve heard people rave about Jumpin Jacks for years, but just never made it there.  They’re only open seasonally, and all of their dining is outdoors, and very casual, picnic table style (hence the “drive-in”).

They have a simple “Charcoal Pit” menu, of mostly burgers, dogs, sausage & peppers, chicken, & your typical fried choices (fries, onion rings, etc.) but they also offer some full dinner selections, as well as seafood items.

As you can probably assume from the menu, Jumpin Jack’s isn’t exactly concerned with having many “healthy” selections, and you certainly will not find a vegetable anywhere on their menu.  Wait, I lied, they do offer veggie burgers. ;)  But other than that, it’s slim pickins!  I did what I could with my given choices and ended up choosing a broiled chicken sandwich.

When I told you it was a “simple” menu, that’s exactly how to describe it…I present to you, my broiled piece-o-chicken on a bun!

I needed to add at least a little “pizazz” to my chicken, so I ordered mine with fried onions.  Healthy? Nope!  Delicious? YUP!  I was actually pleasantly surprised by this simple yet flavorful chicken sandwich :)

Jay and I also shared an order of seasoned curly fries, which were totally fantastic.  There’s nothin’ like curly fries! (unless, of course, sweet potato fries are in the picture, then that’s a whole different story…)

So no, this wasn’t exactly the “dinner of champions” but then again, not every dinner is going to be!  Like I always, say…BALANCE, BALANCE, BALANCE.  I knew I was going to be coming here for dinner tonight, so I made sure to get a good amount of fruits, veggies, and whole grains into my day earlier.  Sure, my veggie intake is a little on the low end today, but I’ll do what I can to “restock” tomorrow. No worries! ;)

I really enjoyed dinner at Jumpin Jack’s, and I think one of the coolest parts about it was the atmosphere.  Jumpin Jack’s was built in 1952, and has been around ever since.  There aren’t many places like this left around today, so I love knowing that it has some “history” behind it.  Actually, the first part of Jumpin Jack’s that was built was not their “Charcoal Pit” but rather, “Twin Freeze”…

And I’d have to say my favorite menu at Jumpin Jacks is the “Twin Freeze” menu, which is because…

You guessed it…it’s ICE CREAM! :-P

Just look at all the old school charm & appeal…I love it! :)

After seeing that menu, there was no question on what I was ordering:

Black Cherry Dole Whip & Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Twist…with rainbow sprinkles OF COURSE!

It was so nice to see Heather & Mike AND get to try out a new place for dinner all in one night!!  It totally gave me something to look forward to all day on a Monday. ;)

While at dinner, Heather was swearing by how good The Bachelorette is, so I’m thinking that I just may have to go check it out tonight!

OH…If you haven’t already seen it, check out the sweet giveaway on Lisa’s blog…it’s a GOOD one! ;)

Question for tonight:

Do you have a favorite local “dive” restaurant, or one with lots of old school appeal?

Growing up, my family & I would frequently go to a place called Jack’s Drive-In (not to be confused with “Jumpin Jack’s…I know, crazy, right?).

Jack’s had a menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, shakes, & chocolate milk.  I don’t think it was until I was in high school that they actually added CHEESE to their menu!  But we would all wait very (im)patiently for it to open every spring, and we’d merrily go and get our burger sliders, fries (yes sliders…they practically slid right off the bun from all the grease) and my favorite, chocolate milk.

There were actually years where my dad kept a sticky note on the side of the fridge to keep track of how many burgers we all ate for the season.  I want to say my dad and brother made it into the 60’s? Mom? Dad? Dan?  Am I close on that one?

Obsessed much?  Noooooo…… ;)

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1 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

OMG, soft froyo (or soft serve ice cream!) with sprinkles is my favorite!! That looks sooo good! :D



2 Jae June 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

the curly fries look AMAZEE :)
and the froyo looks to die for. Im glad you had a good night and I love those shades’ :)


3 Courtney June 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

Got them at JCPenney for $15.00! I never spend a lot on shades…I lose them too easily!


4 Sam June 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Out in Guilderland the big place to go is the Corner Ice Cream Store. When we were kids it literally sat on the corner of Western and Carmen… there’s a CVS there now, but you can find it a little up the street on Carmen Road in a shopping plaza. Best ice cream, fish frys, etc. around!


5 Courtney June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

How have I never heard of this???
Soft serve??


6 Dan June 8, 2010 at 12:19 am

I actually went to Jacks today and had a couple burgers


7 jqlee June 8, 2010 at 1:45 am

Dives are the best, especially the ones on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. I dont have a fav, though. I really just like all diners. I think dives are a hit or miss though. Not all grease is good…

Love the sprinkles on the ice cream. My childhood “go to” topping was sprinkles!


8 Courtney June 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

I LOVE Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives!!!!


9 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 8, 2010 at 6:19 am

Can I just say how much I love your love of rainbow sprinkles. I too share this love, and the belief that any day is made better with vanilla fro yo and rainbow sprinkles on top.


10 Courtney June 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Cheers to that! :-D


11 Leslie June 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

I love rainbow sprinkles! There was (is) a place next to my house called the Tastey Treat that was only open in the summer. They had these candy ‘eyes’ that they would put on your cone and I thought it was the coolest thing.


12 Courtney June 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Oh my gosh, that is so cute!


13 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices June 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Curly fries= love. And it looks like they have the awesome fry seasoning on them too ;)
Your chicken burger looks really good & the onions don’t look too fried- they actually look perfectly cooked!!
Growing up, we always went to eat BBQ- Bono’s BBQ in Jacksonville, FL. SO GOOD!! The turkey was always my favorite :) Smoked turkey…mmmm! Now we have a place close to the house that we just went to- Bodacious BBQ- really good too! :D Good ol’ southern BBQ


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