Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Best Sandwiches & Burgers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Backwater Jack's offers an eclectic blend of food and drink, combining the styles, ingredients, and cultures of South Florida and the Carribean with traditional favorites of the Midwest. Our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has a menu filled with amazing appetizers, incredible entrees, savory salads, fantastic pasta and rice dishes, succulent sushi (seasonally,) and even some unbelievably delicious desserts (and an awesome kids menu too.)

Today, however, we are highlighting the fantastic sandwiches and burgers that we serve daily. All of our sandwiches and burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and your choice of a side. You can also choose to add cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms or onions for an additional charge. The delicious dishes that you will be adding those toppings to include:  

Fillet of Grouper
Our own version of this delicately flavored fish, coated in a light batter and deep fried until golden brown and served with tartar sauce on a hoagie roll. It's a
lso available grilled or blackened.

Bacon, Chicken, Cheese Grille
A marinated 8-oz. chicken breast grilled and topped with bacon and provolone cheese and served on an Asiago kaiser roll.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Hand-breaded chicken tenders tossed in our spicy Buffalo sauce, topped with pepper jack cheese, and served on a hoagie roll.

Classic Club Sandwich
A toasted triple decker filled with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & American cheese on wheat bread.

Triple Decker BLT
A toasted triple-decker filled with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on wheat bread.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
A tender center-cut pork loin hand-breaded and deep-fried served on an Asiago kaiser roll.

Backwater's Cuban Sandwich
Layered slices of juicy smoked pork, sliced ham, salami, sliced pickles, and Swiss cheese served on a grill-pressed Cuban roll. 

Ribeye Steak Sandwich
A 7-oz. ribeye charbroiled and topped with sauteed green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions on a hoagie roll.

Chicken Caesar Wrap
Juicy grilled chicken, Romaine, Parmesan, and creamy Caesar dressing in a tomato basil wrap.

Jack's Burger
A half-pound of the highest quality beef charbroiled and served on an Asiago kaiser roll.

Cheeseburger Deluxe
A half-pound of the highest quality beef charbroiled and topped with sauteed mushrooms, onions, bacon, and cheese of your choice served on an Asiago kaiser roll.

Combine any one of those amazing options with one (or a few) of our creative cocktails from the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, and you've got a meal worth bragging about! Backwater Jack's is currently open for your dining pleasure 7 days a week at 11 am for our 2018 season. 

The warmer the weather keeps getting, the more fun and deliciousness we'll be adding to your experience here with us. Soon enough we'll have that awesome pool and swim-up bar open, as well as the Sushi & Asian grill right next to it. Join us soon and join us often, and you won't miss a moment of the incredible season we have waiting for you!   

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kick Back, Relax, & Let Your Stress Melt Away at Backwater Jack's!

April has been labeled as Stress Awareness Month. If you become aware of the fact that there's too much stress in your life, there's no better place to relieve that stress than our awesome waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! The next time you feel like you need a break from it all, that's when you've gotta get back to Backwater Jack's, and here are a few reasons why. 

Live Music
It has been proven that the soothing power of music is an effective tool for stress relief, and you can enjoy the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks right here at Backwater Jack's. We've got plenty of room for our incredible bands both inside and outside, so no matter what the weather, you can join us for an evening of amazing music that will carry your worries away with it. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out which bands will be gracing our stage each week. 

Amazing Drinks
A good, stiff drink is just the thing to take the edge off of a really rough day, and our bartenders mix the most amazing drinks in town! Ice-cold beer, perfectly mixed drinks, fantastic wine, and those out-of-this-world frozen concoctions are all waiting for you behind the bar. Our daily specials always include a great deal on some type of drink, like canned beer on Raw Deal Thursdays, wine specials on our Friday Steak Night (seasonally,) and great prices on Bloody Marys and Mimosas on Sunday Fun Day. Once we're open 7 days a week again, you can add Rum Runner deals on Crabby Ol' Monday, Margarita and shot specials on Tequila Tuesday, and Wine-O Wednesday to the list too. 

Personal Wait Staff
Okay, technically you will have to share your bartender or server with other people in the restaurant, but you will get waited on so that you can sit back and relax a little. They will bring you your food and drinks, make sure you have everything you need, and clean up for you when you're done. You're probably not going to get that type of attention at home very often, so come on in and let us take good care of you.  

The Pool 
The weather hasn't allowed us to open up the best lakeside pool at the Lake of the Ozarks quite yet, but SOON! Once the pool and our swim-up bar are open again for the season, it's the most stress-free spot you're going to find. You can hang out in a lounge chair and soak up some sun or chill out in the pool, drink in hand. Just wait until we get some of our famous Zero Ducks Given pool parties going. You'll be having such a great time, you won't be worried about anything! 

Stress is going to happen, but our Lake of the Ozarks bar & restaurant is here to help you relieve that stress. We are currently open every Thursday-Sunday at 11:00 am, but soon you'll be able to once again join us 7 days a week at Backwater Jack's. You come on in ready to relax and have a great time and we'll see that it happens! 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Delicious Entrees of Backwater Jack's

When it's time to decide what you're going to eat for dinner, the best decision you could possibly make is to get back to Backwater Jack's! When you dine at the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you don't have to cook or clean, simply pick a dish and wait for us to serve it to you with a smile. 

There are lots of tasty choices to pick from on our extensive menu. Today we're featuring the Entree section. Come in hungry, and don't be surprised if you have to ask for a doggy bag when you're full. 

Delicious Dinners
There's no reason for you to slave over a hot stove when Backwater Jack's serves up amazing entrees like the ones listed below. Each is served with a Water's Edge House Salad, dinner roll, and your choice of one of our savory side dishes. 

Grilled Pork Loin
A 14-oz. pork loin smoked, grilled, and then smothered in apricot teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

14-oz. Ribeye
Seasoned to perfection, cooked to your desired temperature, and topped with garlic butter.

Chicken Tenders
Four chicken tenders marinated in a teriyaki glaze, grilled and served over rice.

Blackened Ahi Tuna
An 8-oz. charbroiled tuna steak blackened and cooked to your desired temperature (best med-rare to medium) topped with garlic butter & served over wild rice.

A generous portion of our own version of fillets prepared either grilled, blackened, or coated in a light batter and deep-fried. Served over a bed of wild rice.

Jamaican Lime Grilled Chicken
An 8-oz boneless chicken breast spiced with Jamaican jerk seasonings, charbroiled, then topped with grilled lime and Jack’s tropical Italian dressing. Served over a bed of wild rice.

Snow Crab Clusters
Nothing but the freshest snow crab clusters boiled hot and served with a tub of butter.

Friday Night Steak Night
Friday night is Steak Night at Backwater Jack's! This spring we are offering an additional mouthwatering entree every Friday evening. A special dinner that includes our premium cut 7-oz. Filet Mignon, cooked to your liking, served with one of our delicious signature side dishes. You can add Grilled Shrimp and/or a Demi Glace Sauce to add even more YUM! We also feature some unbelievable wine specials to pair with your savory steak dinner. 

Signature Side Dishes
The side dishes we serve up alongside each of our entrees are equally as taste-tempting as the main dishes. By far, we are most famous for that amazing Fried Potato Salad, but your other choices are pretty incredible too. 
  • Fried Potato Salad
  • French Fries
  • Fried Green Beans
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Coleslaw
  • Flame-Grilled Sugar Snap Peas 
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Baked Potato (after 4 pm)

Who's Hungry?
Reading about all of those delicious dishes probably has your mouth watering about now. Currently, our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is open every Thursday-Sunday at 11 am. Once the weather decides to cooperate, we'll once again be open 7 days a week, and the opening back up of our incredible pool shouldn't be too far behind that.

For now, though, you've got 4 whole days and nights to join us at Backwater Jack's. It can be for lunch, dinner, or just drinks. Whatever you're in the mood for, we're just happy the season has started and we get to hang out with you awesome people again! 

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fun Facts about April Fool's Day (oh, and Happy Easter Too!)

This weekend many people will be observing Easter Sunday, but quite a few of those people will also be celebrating April Fool's Day at the same time. (Who thinks quite a few kids are going to wake up to some really messed up baskets this year?) 

April Fool's Day is all about having some good-hearted fun, and hey, so is Backwater Jack's! For that reason, we dug into some fun April Fool's Day facts that you can impress your friends with. (You'll have to come up with the pranks on your own.)  

  • Some say April Fool's Day came about because April 1st was originally New Year's Day. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in the 16th century, the new year then began on January 1st. People that continued to celebrate on April 1st were called "April fools" and had tricks played on them. 
  • In England, you're not called a fool, but rather a "noodle," "noddy," "gobby," or "gob." 
  • April Fool's Day is actually not a national holiday, but it is observed universally in many countries. 
  • Scotland's celebration is 2 days long. The 1st used to be called "Huntigowk Day" (a short version of "Hunt a Gowk Day.") Their "fools" are called "gowks," which is the Scottish word for cuckoo. April 2nd is known as "Taily Day" and involves pranks focused on the backside. This is possibly where the classic "Kick Me" sign on a person's back originated.
  • Instead of a "Kick Me" sign on the back, in France kids tape paper fish on people's backs. We're not exactly sure why, but it's something they do and they find it quite funny. 
  • Every year since 1986, New York City has put out a press release for their April Fool's Day parade, but no parade ever happens. It doesn't really exist. (Do you think residents have caught on yet?)
  • Google is known for coming up with some sort of prank every April Fool's Day, so when they announced the launch of Gmail on April 1, 2004, most people assumed it was just a hoax. Obviously, it wasn't. 
  • Twitter decided to get in on the act in 2013 by announcing that they would be introducing a new 2-tiered Twitter service. If you wanted to keep using it for free, you would only be able to type consonants, but if you wanted to be able to type vowels too, it would be $5/month. (Would you pay for that?) 
  • One of biggest pranks pulled in honor of April Fool's Day was played by the BBC. They ran a news item about how the early arrival of spring weather in 1957 had caused the spaghetti trees to produce their crops early. Apparently, pasta wasn't a big thing in the country back then and many people actually believed this to be a true story, even calling the news station inquiring about to buy their own Spaghetti Trees! The story was even accompanied by the video below showing a family carefully harvesting the pasta. Way to follow through with a joke! 

Some people say the reason that April Fool's Day is a spring observance is that it's the season that sends us the most fickle weather, being warm and beautiful one day and threatening freezing temperatures the next. (Which is extra frustrating for the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, because we're anxious to get that awesome pool open again!)

When you're done celebrating a wonderful Easter Sunday with the family, come on out to Backwater Jack's and celebrate April Fool's Day for the rest of the day with us. When it comes to watching out for pranks, though, it's every man for himself!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Awesome Appetizers of Backwater Jack's

The appetizer menu at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant is filled with traditional favorites, succulent seafood, the biggest Crab Rangoon in the lake area, and so much more. Whether you're simply looking for a snack to enjoy along with a cocktail or two, or you're in the mood for something tasty to kick off a meal, the Backwater Jack's appetizer menu is the perfect place to look. Check out these amazing appetizer choices!   

Colossal Crab Rangoon
Four oversized wontons stuffed with Jack’s own crab cream cheese mix, fried to golden brown, & served with our homemade apricot sauce.

Chicken Tenders
These are hand-breaded to order. You’ll taste the difference!
You can also try them HOT! Buffalo Style - hand-breaded and then dipped in our special hot sauce.

Grilled Chicken Tenders
Four chicken tenders marinated in a teriyaki glaze and grilled to juicy perfection.

A dozen jumbo chicken wings fried to a golden brown and then tossed in your choice of our homemade sauces: Original Hot, Sweet Honey BBQ, or Half & Half.

Grouper Fingers
Our version of a hand-breaded filet in our secret honey breading and served with raspberry tartar sauce.

Ozark Onion Rings
Colossal yellow onion rings deep-fried to a golden brown.

Jack's Baked Nachos
A pile of tortilla chips topped with tomatoes, black olives, and onions, then smothered in shredded cheddar jack cheese and baked. Nacho types are: Chicken, Veggie, or Seafood (shrimp, scallops, & crab meat) 

Jack's Quesadilla
A large flour tortilla shell stuffed with black olives, tomatoes, red and green onions, and shredded cheddar jack cheese then grilled and served with sour cream and salsa. Available with: Veggie, Chicken, or Seafood (shrimp, scallops, & crab meat)

Stuffed Mushrooms
Large mushroom caps stuffed with our handmade crab/cream cheese mixture and then baked in white wine.

Jack's Red Beans & Rice

A homemade spicy mix of red beans, green peppers, onions and sliced andouille sausage spiced with Cajun seasonings. It's simmered to perfection and served with wild rice & our sweet cornbread.

Jack's Jumbo Jalapeno Poppers

Hand-stuffed & breaded jalapeno peppers filled with a crab/cream cheese mixture and served with our house special spicy raspberry inferno sauce.

Chips & Salsa
Crispy tortilla chips served with savory salsa.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus
House-blended hummus served with sweet green and red peppers, broccoli florets, and toasted blackened tortilla points.

Snow Crab Clusters
Nothing but the freshest snow crab clusters! Boiled hot and served by the pound with a tub of butter.

West Key's Boiled Shrimp
Succulent shrimp boiled in Cajun spices, chilled and served with fresh-cut lemon and cocktail sauce. Order by the pound or half-pound.

Backwater's Buffalo Shrimp
Ten butterflied shrimp breaded and served with a side of Jack’s hot sauce.

Raw Oysters on the Half Shell
Served cold with fresh-cut lemons and cocktail sauce, sold by the dozen or half-dozen.

So, which dish are you going to start with? If you happen to join us every week for Raw Deal Thursday, you can enjoy 3 of the amazing appetizers above - oysters, shrimp, and wings - at very special discounted prices. Backwater Jack's appetizer menu is a perfect place to get started, but there's a lot more food on our menu than that, so you either need to come in very hungry or come back often to try it all!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Raw Deal Thursdays and Sunday Fun Day are Back at Backwater Jack's!

Your favorite waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is back open for the 2018 season on Thursday, March 15 at 11 am. For now, you can join us every Thursday-Sunday for all of those special tasty treats you have come to love at Backwater Jack's. Once the weather decides to warm up and stay that way, we'll be opening our amazing pool and swim-up bar again, and the Sushi & Asian Grill will be open once more mid-April. 

Until then, in addition to the fantastic food and delicious drinks you've come to expect, we're also bringing back Raw Deal Thursdays and Sunday Fun Days! Those of you that have enjoyed those specialty days in the past will be excited to hear that, and if you haven't yet had the pleasure, here's what you can expect every week this season. 

Quite possibly one of the most popular days at Backwater Jack's is our weekly Raw Deal Thursday. It features incredible discounts on oysters, shrimp, and wings... Oh my! Don't worry, the wings are cooked, not raw, but they're so tasty and go so well with the oysters and shrimp, we couldn't resist including them in the deal too. In addition to those fantastic foods being available all day long at a special price, you can get $1 off all of our canned beers to wash 'em down with too. Most definitely satisfying and worth a weekly trip to join us!  

Sunday is the day that you decide to either extend your weekend a little longer and keep partying, or you enjoy a little "hair of the dog" to help you recover from an amazing weekend that must come to an end. We're here to help with that! Every Sunday at Backwater Jack's we offer discounts on Bloody Marys and Mimosas. After all, it's perfectly okay to drink orange juice and tomato juice early in the day, right? After a cocktail or two, you'll be ready to decide if you are going back to work on Monday or calling in "sick."  

Coming Soon...
Both of those weekly celebrations will be going on beginning this week, and once we're open 7 days a week, we've got even more in store for you! We're bringing back all of the fun we had last year, and then some. 
  • Crabby Ol' Mondays - To help you avoid the "crabbiness" that seems to go hand in hand with Mondays, we'll have great specials on delicious snow crab and our famous Rum Runners and Pain in the A**'s. 
  • Tequila Tuesdays - Who needs Taco Tuesday when you can celebrate Tequila Tuesday instead? We'll have great deals for you on tequila shots and margaritas! 
  • Wine-O Wednesdays - Calling all grape nuts... If you're a wine lover, or would like to become one, each Wednesday we'll offer discounts on glasses of our house wines, and even bigger discounts if you want to buy an entire bottle of any of our wines. 

Opening Weekend Live Music
You didn't think we'd leave Friday and Saturday out, did you? Opening weekend we've lined up some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks to keep you entertained while you enjoy everything you've missed over the winter about Backwater Jack's. (Except, of course, the pool and the sushi, but be patient, those are coming soon too...) 
  • Friday, March 16:
    • Phat Mike Unplugged  7-11 pm
  • Saturday, March 17:
    • Whiskey Trio  12:30 pm-4:30 pm
    • Boomchux  6-10 pm
The long winter's wait is over, and we're ready to bring back all of the excitement and deliciousness that you can only find at the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make plans now to be here for opening day, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 11 am, and if you can, hang out at Backwater Jack's for the entire opening weekend!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

You Can FINALLY Get Back To Backwater Jack's Thursday, March 15, 2018!

It's that wonderful time of year... time for the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to come out of hibernation and start partying with all of you once again! The long winter's wait is almost over. Backwater Jack's will be open for our 2018 season at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 15! In case your memory's a bit foggy, here's what we've got waiting for you when you join us. 

Delicious Food
We're ready to whip up a few batches of our famous Fried Potato Salad to serve alongside your favorite Backwater Jack's dishes. All of the classics you love are back on the menu - Colossal Crab Rangoon, Grouper Fingers, Snow Crab Clusters, and more - plus some new surprises.

This year one new menu item we are adding is a Black Bean Burger for the vegans. (But you meat-lovers will enjoy the taste of that one too!) Later this spring we will be bringing back the best sushi at the Lake of the Ozarks again out by the pool. Expect that to start around mid-April. 

Amazing Drinks
Our talented bartenders will be whipping up all of those amazing cocktails you love sipping lakeside and poolside - fantastic frozen drinks, hand-mixed cocktails, ice-cold beer, and even some wonderful wine selections. Be sure to come in thirsty and we'll make it worth your while!     

That Awesome Pool...
...won't quite be ready to open when the restaurant does, but rest assured that the best lakeside pool at the Lake of the Ozarks will be the most exciting place to hang out this summer. Once we're sure the weather is ready for it, you can relax poolside or even in the pool with a refreshing drink from the swim-up bar. Expect more of those unbelievable pool parties we threw last year to be happening again this season too. 

Incredible Live Music
As always, the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks happens on our outdoor stage, which is centrally located so that you can enjoy the talented musicians performing from anywhere you choose to sit at Backwater Jack's. If the weather ever decides to be uncooperative, we've also got a great stage indoors to move the music to. Opening weekend we'll have some out-of-this-world DJs spinning all the best party music from 8 pm-midnight, so have those dancing shoes on! 

2018 is Going to be Awesome!
C'mon, everyone say it together, "I gotta get back to Backwater Jack's!" Whew... that feels good! It seems like forever since we've had the chance to hang out with all of you amazing people, and we're super excited that the 2018 season is finally here on Thursday, March 15 at 11:00 am. Join us soon, and join us often, to make this year the biggest and best one ever! 

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