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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Friday, January 12, 2018

Lake of the Ozarks Winter Fun - The Mardi Gras Pub Crawl!

Even though your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant is closed this time of year, the lake can still be a fun place to visit. As a matter of fact, all of our party-going friends will be very interested to know that the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl is happening next month. Now that's a celebration you really shouldn't miss! 

The Details
Over the past 17 years, the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl has grown to become one of the biggest parties in town! (They had to come up with something exciting to do while everyone waits for Backwater Jack's to open back up!!!) On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the lake area will be "crawling" with buses filled with people celebrating this awesome holiday. 

Wristbands to attend the event are only $10 a piece, and that wristband is your ticket to everything this incredible party has to offer. It gains you access to every participating bar and restaurant on the route, each of which will host their own live music, plus a ride on any one of the pub crawl shuttle buses from 4:00 pm until after the bars close at 1:30 am. Those buses also stop at many hotels along the pub crawl route. You can find a list of on-route & off-route places to stay along with special discounts that some are offering for the weekend by visiting www.LakePubCrawl.com

The Stops
Most of the waterfront bars are shut down for the season, but you may be surprised to find out that there are some great places to enjoy on land that are open year-round. These lucky places get to join in the pub crawl fun. (But they don't get to participate in 2 Harbor Hops every summer like we do!) 

  • Wobbly Boots
  • Wicked Willie's
  • Tucker's Shuckers
  • Arris
  • Mexicali Blues
  • JJ Twigs
  • Tirebiters
  • Chevys
  • Li'l Rizzos
  • Vista Grande
  • Inn at Grand Glaize
  • Lucky's 
  • Angelo's  

Next Up, St. Patrick's Day!
We hope that all of our incredible Backwater Jack's customers get the chance to experience the Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Once that's over, we'll be ever-so-much closer to March, which contains opening day for the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! It won't be pool season right away, but we will have all of your favorite food and drinks, plus that awesome atmosphere that no one will ever recreate! Enjoy your winter break knowing that once its over, it'll be time to get back to Backwater Jack's once again! 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Thanks For Another Incredible Season! - Closing Day December 10, 2017

We're coming to the end of the 2017 season for our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar, and looking back, this year has been one of the best ever! We are definitely a bit sad that Backwater Jack's is closing down for the winter, but those feelings are eclipsed by the excitement we have knowing that next year is going to be even better! 

Customer Appreciation Weekend
We cannot close this place down for the season until we get to hang out with all of our awesome customers one more time. (The winter will be a lot easier to get through after we make some unforgettable memories this weekend!) 

As a thank you to all of the wonderful people that helped to make our 2017 season so amazing, we'll be offering HALF-PRICE DRINKS & FOOD on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th & 10th. Not only do you get to enjoy a few of your favorite dishes and drinks again before we go into hibernation, but you get them at an incredible discount. Why? Because you guys deserve it! This year wouldn't have been nearly as great without you here. 

A Look Back At 2017
A LOT of new things happened this year, mixed in with a lot of the incredible stuff you already knew and loved. We still had the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks, but they got a bigger and better stage to perform on. Your favorite menu items are still here, plus we added some of the best sushi you ever tasted. There is a LOT more parking when you come by car, and of course, that out-of-this-world best pool at the Lake of the Ozarks complete with swim-up-bar! 

We had an amazing year working at Backwater Jack's, and the great people that we met along the way seemed to be enjoying themselves quite a bit too. Here is what a few of our most recent guests had to say about us. 

"Cool place! It's a little far from me, but it's worth the trip." -Tom Beckerle (Google review)

"BEST PINA COLADA EVER! Went there late in September. Weather was still wonderful enough to hang out in their amazing swim up bar in their pool. We'd already had lunch, but friends wanted to take the boat over to show us their favorite hangout. Seriously best drinks ever! Hubby had a pina colada, and I had their house drink which is like a rum punch. Best price for a drink on the water we've ever had. Drinks were $5 or $6 bucks. For $7 you got a vial - like a test tube vial - full of rum. Like 151 rum. Kicked our butts. They put the vial in upside down in your drink and you just pull it up little by little to add however much rum you want. Hubby is STILL talking about that drink. Can't wait to go back next summer. Hopefully when they have a band playing." -Glenda C. (TripAdvisor review)

"The food is great as is the atmosphere of the place, service is better than most places on the water." -Carl Edwards (Facebook review)

"The place to be on the Lake! Backwater Jacks has changed in the last few years. It’s always been fun, great entertainment and food. Since putting in the pool area, it has increased the level of fun and variety. You can get there by boat or car.....either way is fine. Their Thursday night special of wings and shrimp is always a good reason to visit. Can’t wait for next summer!" -Susan H. (TripAdvisor review)

"BEST sushi at the lake. It's a pretty unique atmosphere to be sitting at the tiki bar, eating such amazing sushi. This place is a MUST try!!! I almost gave it one less star because the hours are pretty unpredictable, but I really can't blame a seasonal place for not being open constantly." -Kris R. (Yelp review) 

"Great food and the waitress was very attentive and took care of our table very well! The prices were very good. Thanks Backwater Jacks for a great evening!"  -Kandra Cook (Facebook review)

"Fun and Food! This has always been a fun place. The bar scene is fantastic. Daytime means good food. Crab appetizer is the best." -Shannon 5512 (TripAdvisor review)

"This is one of my favorite places on the lake. We've been here twice now. The first time I had the quesadillas, which were delicious and an ample amount of food for dinner. My friend had the Cajun Pasta and husband had the Grouper Fingers. Everyone loved their food. This past time I had some type of seafood alfredo pasta. It was delicious and I easily had leftovers (I was very hungry and hadn't eaten lunch). My husband and a friend had steak and another friend had chicken fingers. I can honestly say I haven't had a bad meal or drink at this place and their new pool setup is amazing! It might be one of the classiest looking pool areas on the lake, especially at night. The prices are extremely reasonable." -Stacey H. (TripAdvisor review)

"Incredibly good food. We had the Grouper fingers for appetizers... unreal how delicious." -Billie Williams Jr. (Facebook review)

"Great Pool! First time we have been there since they expanded and added the pool. Really nice job on the expansion. Sushi was good and can’t ever get my wife to eat but she loved it. Wish they would serve the full menu down at the pool and not just the sushi menu. We ordered some for carry-out and just brought it to our table which worked great as well." -Tim P. (TripAdvisor review)
"Lunch at Backwater Jacks was good. The service was really good and the atmosphere was great. Fantastic view of the little harbor. We both had different salads and both were good. A lot of proteins without a lot of lettuce. Dressing was ok. The upside is all the atmosphere and service. They have a pool with lounges in the water and swim up bar. Looks like a real party spot for a warm day. Not visible from the main road but worth the search." -Jerry M. (Yelp review)

photo from Yelp.com 

C'mon, you know you've GOTTA GET BACK TO BACKWATER JACK'S at least one more time this year! Help us give this place the sendoff it deserves, and while you're here, tell us how you felt about this season. It always lets us know what we did right and where we can make improvements to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant. Your input will most definitely help us to make our 2018 season starting next spring at Backwater Jack's the best one yet! We expect to see you all this weekend for half-price food & drinks!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

5 Things Backwater Jack's Is Thankful For This Year

It's that time of year when everyone begins reflecting on all of the reasons that they have to be thankful. Our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has been contemplating that too. All of us here at Backwater Jack's have tons of things to be thankful for, and in today's blog, we're sharing the top 5 reasons with you. 

We're Still Open For 2017!
Yes, you read that right! In case you didn't already realize it, our 2017 season is still going strong. We're simply having too much fun to close the doors for the year yet, and we are thankful that so many of our great customers are here with us each day. There's plenty of seating inside our warm and cozy dining room, and you still get the pleasure of that outstanding lake view from in here.  

We are open 7 days a week right now, we'll be closed on Thanksgiving Thursday for the holiday, and after that, we will remain open Thursday-Sunday weekly. There is no definite date set for ending the season yet, but know that we plan to be hanging out with you well into December.  

Delicious Sushi
This season we added the Sushi & Asian Grill next to the pool, and it worked out beautifully! It's tough to find great tasting sushi at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's not the easiest food to "whip up." We were very lucky to bring some incredible sushi chefs on board that allowed us to make everyone ordering extremely happy with the end result. The Sushi & Asian Grill closed along with the pool for the season already, but we're still offering a portion of that amazing sushi menu in the main restaurant until the end of our season.  

Lots of New Friends 
With all of the new additions that we were able to accomplish this year - the much larger parking lot, the bigger and better outdoor stage, the Sushi & Asian Grill, and of course that unbelievable pool - we got to meet a lot more people than ever before. 

People can't resist checking out something new, and once they got here, they loved it and kept coming back! With our already extremely large list of customers that loved it here already, we are now very proud to say that Backwater Jack's list of friends is bigger than ever, and we expect it to keep growing.  

Extraordinary Live Music
That bigger and better stage that we mentioned brought us the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can see the bands and hear the music much better than ever before, and the talent that graced that stage was simply amazing. 

Work is a lot more fun when you get to enjoy entertainment like that! We still host incredible live musicians indoors this time of year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page so you always know who will be playing when we book them.      

Next Season Will Be Even Better!
This season got us so worked up and excited, we can't wait to see what next season will bring with it! We had plenty of time this year to work the kinks out of the new things we introduced, so next year we expect smooth sailing all the way. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar was so well-received this year, it gave us all the reasons in the world to strive for even more success next year. That means you can expect more delicious food, refreshing cocktails, awesome pool parties, fantastic live music, and amazing people to hang out with while you enjoy every bit of it!   

Thank you to everyone who helped make all of those things we are thankful for come true. Like we said, we're not done for the year yet. You've gotta get back to Backwater Jack's and see this terrific season through with us until the end. We wouldn't want it any other way! 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Still Open and Still Ready To Party!

This is the time of year when a lot of waterfront bars & restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks close down for the season, but not Backwater Jack's! We're still open, and we plan to be open for quite a while yet. It's too soon to close up shop because we've still got plenty of party left in us, and we bet you do too! Get yourself back to Backwater Jack's right now to join us for some extended summer fun.

Indoor Seating With A View
Mid-Missouri weather likes to keep us guessing, so there will very likely be more days where it's nice enough to sit outdoors on our lakeside deck and enjoy the waterfront view. For those days that get a bit too cold for that, we've got a spacious indoor dining room where you can hang out with all of your friends, and maybe make a few new ones while keeping yourself warm and comfy. The best part is, you've still got that gorgeous lake view to enjoy through the windows. Fall at the Lake of the Ozarks is definitely a sight you want to see.  

Mouthwatering Meals
Our main kitchen is still dishing out that amazing blend of Coastal cuisine with our special Midwestern flair that you love, and we've even added some of the dishes from our Sushi & Asian Grill to the menu so that you can still enjoy the best sushi at the Lake of the Ozarks. Colossal Crab Rangoon, Jamaican Lime Grilled Chicken, Ribeye Steak Sandwich, Jack's Island Seafood Salad, and of course everyone's favorite Fried Potato Salad are all waiting for you to enjoy, along with a LOT more!  

Delicious Drinks
We've got a great big bar just waiting for you to belly up to it! It's warm inside, so you can still enjoy all of those amazing frozen cocktails. If you're ready to switch for the season, we've got a fully stocked bar for mixing up refreshing beverages, a nice selection of ice cold beers and tasty wines, and even some hot drinks with a little added kick. What are you thirsty for? Bet we can make it! 

Weekly Specials
The weekly specials for our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant are still going on, so you can expect a great deal on something just about every time you come in. Now that the hustle & bustle of the summer season is over, we've even added a Friday special to the mix. 

  • Crabby Ol' Mondays
    We know you're a little crabby on Mondays, so we're offering you a load of great dishes and drink specials at great low prices, like discounts on pounds of Snow Crab, Pains, and Rum Runners.
  • Tequila Tuesdays
    Buy-1-Get-1 Half Off on house Margaritas and shots of Jose Cuervo or Sauza.
  • Wine-O Wednesdays
    Calling all grape nuts... take $5 off any bottle of wine or $1 off of our house wines by the glass.
  • Raw Deal Thursdays
    Oysters, Wings, & Shrimp... OH MY! Great discounts on those tasty treats, plus $1 off canned beer to wash 'er down.

  • Steak Night Fridays
    Enjoy a tender 7-oz. cut of Filet Mignon alongside one of our signature side dishes, plus great deals on glasses of wine to go with it.

  • Sunday Fun Days  
    Order up some tasty football food and enjoy discounts on our Bloody Mary's and Mimosas! 

Extend Your Summer With Us!
We can't keep Mother Nature from bringing cold weather our way, but we can ignore her completely by keeping the party going indoors at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant. You aren't ready to hibernate, and neither are we! Get yourself back to Backwater Jack's and party on into the next season with us. 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

It's Steak Night EVERY Friday at Backwater Jack's!

You know that the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks can be find at Backwater Jacks every day of the week, but some days we make it even better than usual! This fall brought back one of our most popular weekly events - Friday Night Steak Night. Join us each Friday evening to get your weekend started off right with a big, juicy, mouthwatering Filet Mignon dinner! 

Fantastic Filet Mignon
The star of the show on Steak Night is a delicious 7-oz. premium cut of Filet Mignon. The name "Filet Mignon" is French for "tender fillet" or "delicate/fine fillet," and it earned that name because it truly is one of the tenderest cuts of beef. It comes from a part of the cow that doesn't get used very much, which is the reason why the meat is so very tender.  

For the simple price of $14.99, you not only get that mouthwatering steak, but also one of Backwater Jack's signature side dishes. Your choices include:

  • Our Amazing Fried Potato Salad
  • French Fries
  • Fired Green Beans
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Coleslaw
  • Flame-Grilled Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Baked Potato (after 4 pm)
We also suggest adding grilled shrimp with our homemade demi-glace sauce on top of your Filet Mignon. The taste combination of the two is simply out of this world! 

Don't Forget The Wine!
The best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is fully stocked and ready to serve up all of your favorite cocktails to go along with that incredible steak dinner. One of our favorite drinks to enjoy along with it is a nice glass of wine, and if you agree, then you'll appreciate the fact that we have discounted glasses of wine available every Friday night, just in time to pair with Steak Night! 

Not Coming On Friday? 
Our awesome Steak Night Filet Mignon special is only available on Friday nights, but if you visit Backwater Jack's on one of the other nights of the week, you can still get your steak fix in a couple of different ways. 

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

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

We've got a lot more than just those steak dishes, though. Our menu uniquely combine the styles and ingredients of dishes from South Florida and the Caribbean with traditional favorites from the Midwest. You can also get many of the menu items that you fell in love with this season at our Sushi & Asian Grill from the main kitchen this time of year.

Be sure to follow the Backwater Jack's Facebook page for updates on who is playing here each weekend. We always find the best bands to entertain our awesome crowds. Between the amazing food, incredible weekly specials, unbelievable drinks, and fantastic entertainment, our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is definitely a place you want to be, and we definitely can't wait to have you here! 

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