Friday, March 24, 2017

5 "Shucking" Facts About Oysters!

When you've got a craving for oysters, there's no better place to go than Backwater Jack's! Our Raw Deal Thursday features specials on oysters, shrimp, wings and canned beer to wash it all down. We know you love oysters from Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront bar and grill, but how much do you know about this delicacy? Here are 5 "shucking" facts about oysters.

1. Oysters tend to be meatier in months that have an 'R' in their names, so many people call them "arsters." But have no fear, when you enjoy oysters at Backwater Jack's, you will always have the best of the best! In fact, the best time to enjoy oysters at Backwater Jack's is during the summer, especially on Thursdays during our Raw Deal special.

2. Oysters are high in zinc, which is great for your immune system. They're also a good source of calcium, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, iron and protein. If that wasn't  enough, they're also low in cholesterol. If you eat four oysters, it gives you a complete daily supply of copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Oysters are rich in other vitamins besides C, including vitamins A, D and B-12. B-12 is well-known to help people lose weight and sharpen their memory.

3. Oysters are some of the hardest working animals in the ocean. An adult oyster is capable of filtering 25-50 gallons of water a day. Before the oyster population was reduced in the Chesapeake Bay, it could be filtered in just five days just from the oysters. They are filter feeders, meaning they eat by pumping large volumes of water through their body. Plankton, algae and other particles become trapped in the mucus of their gills.

4. Oysters typically take on the flavor of the water where they're grown. East Coast oysters tend to be saltier and brinier while West Coast oysters tend to be a little sweeter. It's a concept known as "merroir". A number of environmental characteristics can influence their flavor like minerals in the growing area, the amount of seaweed nearby or even the type of algae they're filtering.

5. Baby oysters, called 'spat', attach themselves to a hard material, like another oyster's shell as they grow. They form beds or reefs that provide an important habitat for fish and other sea creatures, including sea anemones and barnacles, which in turn provide food for bigger fish, such as striped bass, black drum and croaker. Their filter water is great for creating more seagrass, which other species use for feeding and breeding grounds.

The Best Oysters at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Who knew that oysters were so interesting?! We didn't, but we DID know that our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is home to the best deals you can find on oysters at the Lake! Every Thursday, you can enjoy specials on not only oysters but wings and shrimp as well. In addition, we also offer specials on canned beer for you to wash it all down! Backwater Jack's is currently open every weekend, Thursday - Sunday at 11:00 AM. We have all your favorite foods and drinks waiting for you!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

5 Myths About St. Patrick's Day Debunked!

St. Patrick's Day has become a widely celebrated holiday in America. We get together with friends and family, dress in green and enjoy the many Irish-American traditions that have evolved over time. The Lake of the Ozarks favorite waterfront bar and grill will be celebrating this holiday in the traditional Irish-American way as well, so don't miss out! But the topic got us thinking about how very few people know the Irish truths about St. Patrick's Day. Backwater Jack's is taking a look into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day and debunking some common misconceptions about the holiday. So without further ado, here's the facts, Jack!

Myth: Popular St. Patrick's Day Festivities Originate from Ireland

Fact: St. Patrick’s Day was a Roman Catholic holiday only observed in Ireland until the 1700s. The faithful spent the relatively somber occasion in quiet prayer at church or at home. Only when Irish immigrants living in the United States began organizing parades and other events on March 17 as a show of pride, did it begin to evolve into the culture it is now known for today.

Myth: St. Patrick was Irish

Fact: Though one of Ireland’s patron saints, Patrick was born in what is now England to a Christian deacon and his wife. According to the traditional narrative, St. Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders who attacked his home. They took him to Ireland and held him captive there for several years. Patrick later escaped and fled to England, where he received religious instruction before returning to Ireland to serve as a missionary.

Myth: St. Patrick Banished Snakes from the Emerald Isle

Fact: Legends state that Patrick stood on an Irish hillside and delivered a sermon
that drove the island’s serpents into the sea. While it’s true that the Emerald Isle is snake-free, water surrounds Ireland, preventing snakes from migrating there. Before it became surrounded by water, it was blanketed in ice and too chilly for the cold-blooded creatures. Scholars believe the snake story is an allegory for St. Patrick’s eradication of pagan ideology.

Myth: Green is Associated with St. Patrick's Day

Fact: While Ireland is known for its lush green landscapes, the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue. In fact, the knights of the Order of St. Patrick wore blue. The correlation with green representing St. Patrick's day more than likely dates back to the 1790s, when the Society of United Irishmen launched a rebellion to end British rule and found an independent Irish republic. Their flag was green, the color that came to represent the side fighting for Irish independence.

Myth: Corned Beef is a Classic Irish Dish

Fact: On St. Patrick’s Day, folks in the United States and elsewhere savor abundant amounts of corned beef and cabbage. In Ireland, however, the customary dish of choice on the holiday table is a type of bacon similar to ham.

Phew! We feel better about getting the facts straight. Now that you're educated on the common misconceptions of St. Patrick's Day, we can get back to our regularly scheduled program. Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks! We'll be serving green beer, "me lucky charms" to snack on, and a perfectly prepared Reuben sandwich! There will be live music with Jammin Jay sham-rockin the house starting at 5:30pm and going until 9:30pm. Get your green on and celebrate the Irish-American way at Backwater Jacks!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Backwater Jack's Opening Weekend!

It's that time of the year - the weather is getting warmer, the Lake area is getting busier and Backwater Jack's is opening their doors! Your favorite waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks will officially be open for the season March 9 at 11:00 AM. We cannot wait to bring back all your favorites like our daily specials, famous frozen drinks and, of course, the best LIVE music at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here is everything you can expect when we open our doors back up this week.

Amazing Deals

We are known for our daily specials that we have all week long, and we're bringing them back! That's right - we're starting our opening day the only way we know how - with our Raw Deal Thursday. Oysters, shrimp, wings and canned beer are all on special! Come back the next night for our Friday Night Steak special. 7 oz. steak plus a side for $13.99, as well as wine by the glass special. However, the deals don't end there! Once the season gets going, you can enjoy all of your favorite deals - Crabby Ol' Mondays, Tequila Tuesday, Wine-O-Wednesdays, Raw Deal Thursdays and Super Sundays.

The Same Favorites

From delicious grouper fingers to the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're bringing them all back this season! We offer coastal cuisine with a Midwestern flair at the Lake of the Ozarks! Some of our made from scratch favorites include Jack's Seafood Nachos, The Cuban, Crab Rangoon, Jalapeno Poppers and more. You won't want to miss our authentic Cajun dishes!

The Best LIVE Music

You will be able to party on our lake front deck with Lake of the Ozarks' best live music this summer. We feature some of the best local and regional bands around! Phat Mike Unplugged will be kicking off the live music season Saturday, March 11 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. We're still working out the rest of the lineup, so stay tuned to find out when your favorite bands will be at Backwater Jack's. We will let you know who will be playing when on our social media channels and our website.

Gotta Get Back To Backwater Jack's

We can't wait for this season to get rolling! We've been working hard all winter long getting ready for this summer. The pool will be opening a little later in the season, but we're working hard to make sure it is ready for swimsuit season at the Lake! Starting March 9, Backwater Jack's will be open at 11:00 AM Thursday through Sunday. It's time to get back to Backwater Jack's!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Trivia

It's Valentine's Day! A day that is full of love, chocolates and beautiful flowers. At Backwater Jack's, we are getting into the spirit of this romantic holiday with a few trivia questions. Let's see how much you know about Valentine's Day.

1. How many roses are produced for Valentine's Day?

A. 1 billion
B. 196 million
C. 330 million
D. 500 million

2. How many heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold on Valentine's Day?

A. 36 million
B. 12 million
C. 80 million
D. 55 million

3. Which of these countries does not celebrate Valentine's Day?

A. France
B. China
C. Phillipines
D. India

4. What state produces the most Valentine's Day roses?

A. California
B. Colorado
C. Kansas
D. Indiana

5. What year was the first Valentine's Day celebration?

A. 1546
B. 200 B.C.
C. 496 B.C.
D. 1884

6. How many Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year? (Not including classroom exchanges)

A. 54 million
B. 114 million
C. 221 million
D. 92 million

7. What does it mean if a woman sees a robin fly overhead on Valentine's Day?

A. She would marry rich.
B. She would not wed.
C. She would marry soon.
D. She would marry a sailor.

8. What modern invention was patented on Valentine's Day?

A. Microwave
B. Electric Toothbrush
C. Telephone
D. Television

9. What year was the conversation hearts first created?

A. 1932
B. 1866
C. 1843
D. 1951

10. In Roman mythology, who is Cupid's mother?

A. Venus
B. Minerva
C. Juno
D. Bellona


1. B
2. A
3. D
4. A
5. C
6. B
7. D
8. C
9. B
10. A

Happy Valentine's Day from Backwater Jack's! Spring is just around the corner and we can't wait! Stay tuned to learn when your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar and grill will be open for the season. We are working on a lot of exciting things that we can't wait to share with you. Get ready for LIVE music, delicious south Florida and Caribbean-inspired fare and the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks! Summer 2017 is going to be the best one yet at Backwater Jack's.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

What's New At Backwater Jack's This Summer

Backwater Jack's is the best place to enjoy summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. With beautiful views of the water, live music six days a week, and amazing food and drinks, it truly is the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks. This winter, Backwater Jack's is undergoing, even more, renovations! Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant is letting you in on what we're doing this winter to make Backwater Jack's even better! 

A Pool With A View

Although you may not want to dip in an outdoor pool this time of the year, you will definitely want to enjoy it this summer! Luckily, Backwater Jack's is adding a sizable entertainment pool with a swim-up tiki bar. This pool will be built on an 8.69-acre piece of vacant property that is adjacent to the restaurant. The new pool will be shallow, which will be perfect for sunbathing and splashing. There will be an extensive deck that will surround the pool for sunning and mingling, which will allow for zero entry for easy access and in-water tables and seating! In addition to the deck, there will be a boardwalk that runs between the pool and the Lake. 

Same Great Daily Specials

When it's time to party at the Lake again, don’t forget about our weekly specials! Crabby Ol’ Monday, Tequila Tuesday, Wino Wednesday and Raw Deal Thursday. However, the deals don't end there! On Sundays you can enjoy Bloody Mary’s and Red Stripe bottles at a discounted price.

In addition to our daily specials, we also have a menu that features a wide range of delicious options to recharge you during a day out on the Lake. With appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers, a kid’s menu and more, there is so much to choose from! Here is just a sampling of some of the things you can get:


Colossal Crab Rangoon
Grouper Fingers
Stuffed Mushrooms


14 oz Ribeye
Grilled Pork Loin

Pastas & Rice

Creamy Garlic Chicken Pasta
Jack’s Loaded Jambalaya
Senor Jack’s Mexican Pasta

Famous Frozen Drinks!

Our Rum Runners and Pains are still the best at the Lake - or at least we think so! Oh, and did we mention that our Pina Coladas are made from scratch? In addition to our world famous frozen drinks (ok, maybe just Lake famous), we also have a wide selection of party shots – Beach Bombs, Vegas Bombs, J├Ąger Bombs, we have them all! We have a full menu of specialty drinks and shots, so once summer comes around, make sure you come to Backwater Jack’s!

Is It Summer Yet?

We are counting the days until summer! Stay tuned to find out when we will be back open this year. With a brand-new pool and the same great food, drinks and entertainment, Backwater Jack's will be the place to be at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Let Backwater Jack's Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution!

It's tradition for people to make New Year's resolutions. However, it is also pretty common to not follow through with them. While a resolution to visit the Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar and grill more this year is an easy resolve to keep, not all resolutions are so easy. At Backwater Jack's, we want to help you keep your New Year's resolutions this year and not let them fall to the wayside. Here are seven tips from the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you stick with your New Year's resolutions. 

1. Be Realistic

One way to make sure you fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable. If you think you drink too much caffeine, making a New Year's resolution to completely cut it out is setting you up to fail. Instead, make that goal attainable by setting it as avoiding it more often or limiting your intake. 

2. Make A Plan

Decide how you are going to handle it when you begin to think about breaking your resolution. If your resolution is to lose weight and you are dealing with the temptation to skip going to the gym, your plan could be to call a friend and invite them to work out with you. It is also a good idea to practice positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how this resolution will affect your life and how your slip up will affect your long-term goal. 

3. Talk About It

Don't keep your resolution a secret. Tell your friends and family member, as they will be there to support you. The best-case scenario is to find a friend who shares your New Year's resolution and you can motivate each other. 

4. Track Your Progress

Keep track of every single success you've had, no matter how small. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment you have will keep you motivated until the end.

5. Don't Get Discouraged

Don't beat yourself up over small slip ups. Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

6. Never Give Up

If you find yourself running out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don't give up. It is okay to start over again and recommit yourself to your goal for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. Each day will build on each other and before you know it, you're back on track.

7. Reward Yourself!

It is important to recognize your victories. This will help you to continue your resolution throughout the year. If you've been working hard and keeping on track the first half of the year, reward yourself with a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. While you're here, make sure to visit Backwater Jack's! We will be happy to celebrate your accomplishments with you! 

Happy New Year From Backwater Jack's!

We had a GREAT season in 2016, and we hope to make 2017 even better! The Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront restaurant invites you to make Backwater Jack's part of your 2017 plans for great food, great music and the great view. See you in the new year!!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thanks For A Great Season!

We couldn't hold off the winter season forever, and unfortunately, this will be our last week of the season. To celebrate the wonderful 2016 season, we are thanking all of our customers with a Customer Appreciation Day on December 23 with half price food and drinks until it's GONE! With the season coming to a close at Backwater Jack's, we wanted to take some time to look back at the fabulous summer season at Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront bar and grill!

Best Spot on the Lake
My favorite restaurant on the Lake is BJ's Bar and Grill. Great food and friendly staff, but dining outside on the deck and soaking up the ambiance is the best! Had the grouper--excellent! ~ 44beachbonnie Springfield, Illinois

Crabby Monday's Very Enjoyable
"Great service when many other locations already closed for the winter months. The cleanliness and service quality matched the solid food quality. Drinks also yummy! Loved the crab legs. No sides included for the Deal, but with a little appetizer, you are easily satisfied. Thank you" ~ Jeff M. 

Great Lakeside Restaurant
"Very nice set up with water views, and boat slips. Great food with weekday specials! friendly and helpful staff" - Patty M. Dewey, Arizona

The Place To Go When At The Lake
"Visiting Lake of the Ozarks? This is the place to go for the true lake experience. It has easy access by water or land. Get there early to get a good docking space. This is a lively scene with live music on the weekends and great people watching. The food is good. I recommend the grouper and fried potato salad." ~ Joan P. 

Always A Fun, Good Spot For Food & Drinks
"Newly remodel, place looks sharp, clean and revitalized! Food, drinks and service is always good and consistent! Last visit tried the seafood quesadilla and grouper bites, both were very good along with the huge Cobb salad! Always a safe bet!" ~ Cindy C. St. Louis, Missouri

Had A Fun Time
"Rainy day, decided to try here for a bite to eat. Bartender was fun, pretty interesting. Best grouper fingers I've ever had, and I lived in FL for 20 years! I'd recommend it." ~ Irie5678 Bethel Springs, Tennessee

Always Fun Going Here
"Ice cold beer, nice scenery, nice boats, great food, and the bartenders put up with us after being on the lake all day! Will go back soon!" ~ John L. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Fun Spot At The Lake To Eat
"My wife and I stopped in for lunch on August 14. This is a very fun atmosphere with a great menu. We sat outside and had the grouper fingers and a BLT. Both were excellent as was the service. I highly recommend trying this place out. Easily accessible by car and boat." ~ Ron-in-Txk Texarkana, Texas

Good Bar and Grill Food
"Enjoyed our appetizers at Back Water Jacks. They've got really great wings and the biggest Crab Rangoon at the lake. Many varieties of beer. Good service and good food!" ~ LakinGal

Lakeside Party with GREAT Food
"If you are on the lake and need a drink and food this is the stop to make! After stopping in all the different places on the lake, Jacks is the one to behold! 
Food is OUTSTANDING and great food for the price. The drinks are primo and the atmosphere is created to make you never want to leave. The place looks pretty small from the lake but with 3 stories including an air conditioned topside, this place can hold more than it looks. 
The service is great and the delicious food comes out within minutes. 
We had a party of 8 and even with the variety of food ordered the food was delivered within 15-20 mins. I had a ribeye steak sandwich (good) and a couple of the group had the biggest Cobb salad I have ever seen! If I liked cobb salad I would have regretted the choice I made. It looked amazing! Crab legs were good (stole one from my friend).
The Backwater specialty is Rum Runners - Yummmy! If you like rum...try this.
The band was spectacular. They could play anything and there is a small dance floor if you don't mind having a good time. 
Plenty of room to pull your boats up to the docks. Also a big parking lot if you come from the strip in Osage Beach." ~ Chris D. 

Thank You!!

Without our loyal customers, we wouldn't have been able to stay open this far into the season. We couldn't hold off the winter weather forever and our last day for the 2016 season will be December 23. We would love it if you would join us to celebrate the wonderful season at the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks with half price food and drinks until it's GONE! Don't worry, though, Backwater Jack's will be back in 2017 and ready to party it up next summer! 

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