Jackson, Ohio has wonderful food offerings. While we were there, we tasted everything from Amish baked goods (huge glazed donuts and pecan roll) and fresh produce, to my sister and brother-in-law’s delicious cooking, to Sonic’s drive-up car service. (We do not have Sonic in Rochester, but we see their tantalizing commercials.) In addition, we feasted on the two dishes for which Jackson is famous.
Jackson Veals are sandwiches made from pork tenderloin, pounded flat, breaded and fried. The huge tenderloins are much bigger than the large hamburger buns on which they are served, even hanging over the edges of the serving plates. The “veals” come with ketchup and pickles. I have never tasted anything like these sandwiches. I remembered them from previous visits and could hardly wait to taste one again. I have never seen them served anywhere outside of Jackson County.
There is another specialty that seems to be unique to Jackson. At Michael’s Ice Cream (which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary), there is a dish called a “Bubble.” A Bubble is a sundae, but it is more than a sundae. This fantastic dessert is served in a sundae glass, with a plate underneath to catch the overflow.
The Bubble is made with chocolate sauce, french vanilla ice cream, marshmallow sauce, and fresh home-roasted peanuts. The home made marshmallow sauce is not the typical thick marshmallow that other ice cream places put on sundaes. It is a delicious light topping that oozes down the sides of the sundae glass and pools on the plate.
The peanuts, which have a distinctive flavor that complements the sweetness of the ice cream, are heaped both on top of the Bubble and on the plate. The sundae glass is so full that the first dip of the spoon can cause an overflow for the unsuspecting diner. This is no problem, since the plate is there to catch all drips, which combine with the peanuts in a delightful treat.
The story goes that original owner Joe Michael ordered a popcorn machine but received a peanut roasting machine instead. He decided to keep it and Michael’s has been famous for its roasted peanuts (and its Bubbles) ever since.
My sister was good enough to ensure that we tasted both of Jackson’s tasty specialties the last time we visited. We have not seen either treat outside of Jackson, and we were more than happy to try them again on our visit this weekend. Both offerings were as great as we remembered. Jackson, Ohio can be proud.