The Wilsons Do Scrumpy Jacks

October 13, 2005 at 2:26pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

[Update 10/28/05: This post is getting a ton of hits from people searching for information about Scrumpy Jacks. Welcome! I have good news: I am going to chat with Scrumpy Jacks owner Jeff Crandon on Monday morning (10/31/05). A feature article will follow shortly thereafter. And to those who are wondering, no, Scrumpy Jacks doesn’t have its own website yet. But it’s coming soon. I will post updates here. In the mean time, won’t you check out the rest of our blogs?]

The Missus and I ate at Scrumpy Jacks last night. Scrumpy Jacks is a new restaurant in Edgewood, where Shogun used to be located. It reminds me a bit of Eighth Street Iron Works, which has since closed. Food options include burgers, chicken, steaks, and seafood, but the entrees are not prepared or presented in your every day way. Prices range from about $7.00 to $20.00; average entree price is probably around $12.00.

I had the Scrumpy Sand (what happened to the wich?), an open-faced steak sandwich with sauteed mushrooms and onions. It was served with an arugula salad and Scrumpy’s homemade waffle potato chips. The sandwich was fine. Not excellent or poor. Just fine. The chips were a nice change. They were still warm when they were served, and they had a distinctive homemade taste. The Missus had some sort of chicken sandwich (my memory fails me). She really enjoyed her entree, enough that she kept eating long after she was full.

Some miscellaneous notes:

  • The atmosphere was nice. Very similar to Iron Works. Dark, cozy. A little noisy, though.
  • Our server was very average. Other servers looked like they were doing a good job.
  • Scrumpy Jacks features a “frost bar.” The bar was, well, frosty. I’m not sure what the point is, but apparently it’s pretty nifty. I’m not really the s it-at-the-bar type, so what do I know?
  • The owner stopped by our table and we chatted for a while. Jack was his father (who passed away about 12 years ago). He added Scrumpy because he thought it sounded good. The owner designed the restaurant’s distinctive—and, in my opinion, very well-done—logo.
  • The neighboring Dough Boy restaurant is owned by the same guy. It will open in a month or so.

I will review Scrumpy Jacks more formally after a follow-up visit.

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D.M.B. October 13, 2005 at 9:22pm

doesn’t sound to bad.  is it a chain resturant?  Now I just have to find someone to go with….

Mr. Wilson October 13, 2005 at 9:29pm

Nope, it’s not a chain. Edgewood is becoming filled with locally- and regionally-owned restaurants: Scrumpy Jack’s, Dough Boy, Parthenon, Doozy’s, Runza, Don & Millie’s, and whatever the heck the Chinese restaurant is being called today.

Steve October 15, 2005 at 8:29am

I’ve been waiting for the DN review as that is my new restaurant guide.

I thought Korbelik’s Best of Lincoln today was a little more on target than the KFOR version.  I had no idea the people of Lincoln had Wendy’s and BK as their 2nd and 3rd favorite burger joints.

Jbehn December 29, 2005 at 12:22am

I am trying to get the word out on Scrumpy Jacks website. Though it has a ways to go and is missing some nice to have information. the basics are there. Address, Menu - viewable and avl for download in Acrobat Reader.  Please…Please if you have any suggestions on the site I am more than welcome to them. I am working on a comment card. Shopping cart for all those must have Scrumpy Jacks restaurant gear and gift certificates,  along with some other fun sections like an ask the owner section.

So in the mean time please come on in to Scrumpy Jacks and have a Steak or a Martini(or both they go quite well together) and take a look at the website. 

When I get a chance to get out of the Kitchen or away from Lincolns only “Frost Bar” I will be updating the site with new information

Mr. Wilson January 3, 2006 at 1:34am

Thanks for the update, Jbehn. If you have the chance, could you drop me an e-mail? (mrwilson at this domain dot com)

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