Big Jerk Review
If you see a penny on the green and orange tiled floor in Findlay, Ohio’s The Big Jerk, don’t pick it up. Most likely it’s a joke—a joke that will be on you.
We are, after all, talking about a late-night take-out-and-delivery joint named The Big Jerk.
Through the glass window storefront patrons will be lured to this locally owned and operated fast food restaurant by the big wave mural with a cut-out window to the kitchen. (The cook adds a head to the surfer’s body when he pops up behind the window to grab an order. This place is alive with humor.) On the electric orange wall closest to the cash registers one can find the menu; each dish description with its price floats in its own modernly off-kilter layered bubble.
Owners of Revolver Restaurant in Findlay, Debi and Michael Bulkowski, opened their newest restaurant venture, The Big Jerk, at the end of this past November, and it is as very bit sassy in theme as the food is in flavor. The Caribbean and Asian inspired menu offers Asian meatball sliders ($1.50 or, if you’re drunk, The Big Jerk might try to sell you 3 for $5.) These perfectly tender one-bite sandwiches put to shame any fast food chain’s burger. For a twist and some additional heat, order one with Jerk’s homemade chili mayo and red cabbage slaw. The coconut curry chicken soup ($3.25-$5) builds heat with each bite. The crunch of the bean sprouts and the succulence of the chicken are a delectable combination. This is a soup I will crave—daily. If you’re looking for something with a little less heat and more delicate flavors, the traditional ramen noodles Shoyu ($6) is the ideal choice. The broth cooks for 24 hours before it makes it into this exquisitely salty-sweet dish (pictured). But the showstopper of the entrees is the pulled pork sandwich Jerk Style with red cabbage slaw ($5.50). If Jerk Style isn’t your thing, the Thai BBQ won’t disappoint. Sandwiches can be ordered with chicken or pulled pork, and for another fresh layer of yum, add the jicama slaw to any sandwich instead of having it on the side. Don’t forget to end your meal old school. For dessert, Twinkies or Ho-ho’s ($.75).
With such high quality food and low prices, expect The Big Jerk to give every late-night restaurant a run for its money. Even early-night folks will enjoy fresh, fast meals. Our order was at the window in less than five minutes. Feel like staying in? A flat $2 delivery fee is applied to any local order.
Perfect for those coming home from second shift, bar-going college students, and those who just plain want healthy fast food for dinner, The Big Jerk is open Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-3a.m.
The future of The Big Jerk promises video games in the waiting tank as well as beer carry-out and delivery. But even more, The Big Jerk promises to be a big success.
227 ½ N. Main St.
Findlay, OH 45840
Take Out or Delivery only
Accepts Visa, MasterCard
Dinner Check: $
Tues-Thurs 4-10 p.m.
Fri & Sat 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.