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Jumpin’ Jack’s opening day: A glossary of terms

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A customer picks up an order on opening day at Jumpin' Jack's in Scotia in 2017.
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A customer picks up an order on opening day at Jumpin' Jack's in Scotia in 2017.

Categories: Food, Life & Arts

SCOTIA — If you’re headed to local icon Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In Thursday, you might hear some unusual lingo. We’ve got the definitive guide to what it all means:

7 — Called out as the first number, it represents chicken

745 — Chicken dinner

701 — Fried chicken sandwich

Balantine — A triple order of onion rings, called after the Balantine beer symbol of three interlocking rings.

Indian — Onion rings, so called after the French and Indian War. Fries were once called “French” and onion rings became “Indian.”

Jackburger — Jumpin’ Jack’s signature burger, it’s a two-patty double-decker with cheese on the bottom and creamy coleslaw on top. 

Loaded — A steak sandwich with sauce and onions

Subway — A customer put money in the tip jar. Jumpin’ Jack’s lore says the “Subway!” exchange may date to a deli in New York City. If someone left a tip at the deli, the guy would thank his benefactor by yelling “Subway!” and tell him he now had money to ride public transportation home. 

Twister fries — Curly fries

Whale fry — Fish fry

Whistle fry — Shrimp fry

Jumpin’ Jack’s, located at 5 Schonowee Ave., opens for the season Thursday at 11 a.m.

Did we miss something? Tell us your favorite Jumpin’ Jack’s slang in the comments.

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