Location: 410 4th Ave, Jessup, PA 18434
Phone number: (570) 489-1600
Normal Wing Price: 10 for $8.95
Wing Night: Wednesday
Wing Night Price: $0.45 cents a wing
Wing flavors: Classic Buffalo, Garlic*, Garlic Parm*, Garlic Honey*, Caesar*, Caesar Parm, Caesar Garlic Parm, Butter & Garlic, Bellucci, Jak-Off*, Porketta, Buffalo Porketta*, Carolina, Carolina Blue, Honey Blue, Honey BBQ*, Honey Mustard*, Hot Honet, Sesame Teriyaki, Tangy Teriyaki, Boom Boom, Ghost Pepper, BBQ Bourbon
*- Available in hot or mild
Third Visit – 2/22/2017
Overall Rating: 78
Lynch’s Rating: 41 out of 50
Jak’s Pub & Eatery is a favorite bar of ours located right off of Church Street in Jessup. We’ve been to Jak’s a number of times in the past, even when it was known as Johhny D’s under previous ownership. With the new owner came a remodeled bar with new food options, including some delicious wings. They also offer some pretty good craft beer options on draft if you’re into that sort of thing. The interior itself is a bit on the smaller side, which is usually full on our visits, but never too packed. The service has always been great and this visit was no different. Our waitress was very friendly and the food was extremely fast. In fact, I’d be surprised if the wings took even 10 minutes to arrive. It was awesome. On top of that, the food came out very warm and well cooked. You couldn’t beat it. Oh, and not to mention that they give you moist towelettes with your wings. Do we, perhaps unnecessarily, make a big deal about moist towelettes? Yeah, but it’s a nice little touch that is perfect when you finish your wings.
On their Wednesday Wing Night, Jak’s offers wings at 45 cents each, which is slowly becoming harder and harder to find in the area. The wings are pretty large and in charge while managing to be crispy at the same time. A large and crispy wing is a rare thing in the wing world, but Jak’s pulls it off nicely. They also offer orders of five on their wing night. We are big fans of the smaller orders because it gives us an opportunity to try as many flavors as possible.
Jak’s Pub & Eatery doesn’t offer the biggest selection of wings, but they do provide you with some pretty interesting options. In addition to the classic flavors like Buffalo, Honey Mustard, and Butter & Garlic, Jak’s spruces up a couple flavors to give you something unique and even offers some sauces you probably have never seen before. For example, the Bellucci is an awesome combination of spices, including Butter, Garlic, Old Bay, and Parmesan Cheese. The Jak-Off kicks it up a notch by adding some Buffalo sauce to the mix. The Carolina Blue is an interesting mixture of BBQ, Honey Mustard and Blue cheese. It’s these subtle changes to already delicious flavors that make the options at Jak’s stand out.
As I mentioned earlier, the wings at Jak’s are cooked to perfection by combining a big, meaty wing with a great level of crispiness. On top of the well-made wings, the sauces are all delicious. The Hot Honey Garlic is a very tasty wing that takes a great Buffalo sauce base, adds a hint of sweetness with the honey, and increases flavors with tiny pieces of garlic. I think my wings could have used a bit more garlic, but I was still very happy with it overall. The Hot Caesar is a classic combination that I always enjoy. At Jak’s, that amazing Buffalo base is balanced perfectly with the Caesar to make a well-rounded and fantastic wing. The Buffalo Porketta was an interesting take on the traditional dry rub porketta that you see at other places. Jak’s allows you to mix the buffalo sauce, either hot or mild, with Porketta seasoning to give you a wet sauce that is truly unique. The sauce looked like it contained slightly different seasonings than a traditional porketta rub with some chunks of garlic mixed in. I really liked the flavor, but wish the sauce upped the amount of that delicious spice mixture just a little. Finally, I ordered one of my favorite wings from this place – the Jak-Off. For those familiar with Aww Shucks corn from Dorney Park and other Allentown places, this wing has a very similar combination of seasonings with buffalo wing sauce added. I love the mixture of the parmesan cheese, old bay, hot sauce, garlic and butter; It just works really well together. Unlike past visits, I felt like the Jak-off sauce lacked a tiny bit with the Old Bay, which is the spice I look forward to the most on these wings. I still took the wings down without a second thought, though.
Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50
Solid work all the around with everything I ordered. First up, there’s the tangy teriyaki. This sauce is exactly that. You pretty much know what you’re getting when you get teriyaki. Not exactly sure what makes them tangy other than teriyaki sauce being naturally tangy, to me at least. Next I had Carolina, which is a BBQ and mustard mix. Always a big fan of this flavor when I get it and this was no different. The smokiness of the BBQ added with the twang of the mustard is always a positive thing. Moving on to the boom boom, a flavor I feel that is on the rise, was very good. Tons of different spices are at play here ranging from paprika and garlic to cayenne and shallots. All that comes full circle to make a creamy orange sauce that will really get your engine going. Finally, I got the Bellucci. Tons of different flavors showing up together, partying and swinging with each other. The butter/garlic and parm are heavily caked on this wing. Always the way to go. Then you have the different spices, which is probably pepper, chili powder and a host of others. An excellent blend indeed.
3.23.16 – Jak’s Review Podcast
Overall Rating: 60
Wing Night: Wednesday
Wing Price: $0.45 a wing
Lynch’s Rating: 31 out of 50
Wing Flavors: 4
Wing Size: 7
Wing Taste (x2): 6
Serniak’s Rating: 29 out of 50
Jak’s, formerly called Jonny D’s, is a little corner bar located in Jessup. It’s a place that’s perfect if you’re group is only a few of you but any more and you might have a seating problem. This place is just a straight up bar and eatery, meaning there aren’t many things besides the TVs to distract you from interacting with people. No pool table, no darts, no shuffle board and I’ fine with at. At times I like a place that is just about getting some drinks and a bite to eat and that’s it. The place also had a classy décor but it wasn’t pretentious in any way. All walks of life are welcome and will be treated great. Our server, who was also the bartender gave me the feeling he was the owner. He was behind the bar the whole time so we had to order from the bar. Again this is something I’m fine with because it gives the opportunity to leave when I want to, not wait for someone to notice that I’m ready to go.
Wing Flavors: 5
There were about 6-7 flavors to choose from, if memory serves and they were all the usual suspects, mild, hot, garlic parm, sweet and spicy. But they also had a porketta dry rub to choose from, which you don’t see all that often.
Wing Size: 5
I’m giving it a classic 5 because the wings were around the average size that we encounter and they were the average price that we see, which is 45 cents each.
Wing Taste (x2): 6
I ordered the hot, garlic parm, sweet and spicy and the porketta. The hot, in my opinion was just Frank’s Red Hot mixed with butter and that was about it. The garlic parm were fine although I wished they used real garlic instead of garlic powder but that happens. The sweet and spicy were exactly that. You had your heat and you had the sweetness backing it up. Finally, the porketta were good, they really were, I just wish they had more porketta seasoning on them, including the backside of the wing. This is an extremely common thing that I see. Only the top half gets the blunt of the seasoning, while the backside doesn’t.