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33 New Year's Resolution Solutions!

Want to hear something crazy?

There are only 22 days left in 2014!

Now is the time of year filled with last minute Christmas shopping, holiday party planning, and thinking ahead towards the upcoming year. Thanks to the longstanding tradition of "New Year's Resolutions," the start of the new year is always a great time to start fresh and discover a brand new "you." 

If you're struggling to come up with good ideas for your 2015 New Year's Resolutions, never fear! Backwater Jack's Bar & Grill is here to help with this list of some of our favorite New Year's Resolutions. We've grouped our suggestions into separate categories. Feel free to help yourself to one or several of these resolution ideas!

Weight Loss SolutionsDrink eight glasses of water every dayLimit yourself to one plate of food with every mealLeave two or three bites on every plateStop eating fast foodEat fruits or veggies instead of chips or friesReplace coffee and soda with water a…

Once Upon a Time: The Origin of Cajun Cuisine!

Once upon a time, residents of Acadia (a French province located in what we know today as Quebec), were forced out of their home territory by British settlers. The Grand Derangement (their ensuing migration) carried them south roughly 1,607 miles, all the way to Southern Louisiana. Louisiana's drastically different climate caught them by surprise - they were no longer able to prepare their traditional foods, and many people starved to death. Those that lived learned to hunt, fish, and raise hens for their eggs as a way to survive.

Faced with these new sources of food, the determined Acadians had no choice but to invent new ways of cooking and preparing food. As food became more prevalent and desperation faded away, they began experimenting with new spices and seasonings. Eventually, these experiments evolved into what we now know and love as classic Cajun cuisine.

Classic Cajun CuisineCajun food was traditionally made from whatever vegetables, meat, and seafood was plentiful and rea…

Last Big Weekend Celebration at Backwater Jack's!

Well folks, it's finally here... This will be the last weekend Backwater Jack's will be open in the 2014 summer season! This has been a truly fantastic summer that none of us wanted to end, but it appears that you can't stop time - no matter how hard you try! 

Before we settle in for winter, though, we're going to have one last summer blowout celebration that you definitely won't want to miss! Here are the top three reasons to come celebrate with the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks as we close out another wonderful season: 

It's the end of the season, and everything must go! Join us for our Customer Celebration Day on Sunday, October 26th and enjoy 1/2 off ALL of the best food and drinks at the Lake. It's going to be a beautiful day with prices you'll have to see to believe!

Looks like Mother Nature is on our side this weekend - the forecast couldn't be more perfect! With lots of sun…

4 Common Oyster Myths - DEBUNKED!

Did you know that Backwater Jacks is the only waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks that serves raw oysters? Many people know that we offer the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks, but few people know the true facts behind one of our most popular menu items: raw oysters. 

Many myths surround oysters and the appropriate timing/methods for preparing them. Today, Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill has set out to debunk some of these most popular misconceptions.

Myth: Oysters should only be eaten during months with the letter 'R'.
It was once believed that oysters were not safe to eat during the months that didn't contain the letter 'R' in their name (May, June, July, August). We now know that oysters are perfectly safe to eat year-round.

Myth: Oysters are an aphrodisiac.
For many years, oysters were thought to contain aphrodisiac qualities - they were frequently eaten by people hoping to arouse sexual interest in others. Now (unfortunately!) we know that oysters do not, in…

Harbor hoppin at Backwater Jacks!

Fall Harbor Hop 2014

Saturday, October 11th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

At participating locations All over the Lake of the Ozarks - including the Lake's best waterfront bar!

That's right, folks! Fall Harbor Hop 2014 is officially upon us. Grab your best friend, your spouse, your cousin, your uncles... grab everyone and bring them out to Backwater Jack's this Saturday for a great day of boating, water, great drinks, and poker!

Pick up your starting card at any of the participating checkpoints (like Backwater Jacks' Bar & Grill) with an optional donation of $20. Once you get started, it's smooth sailing to all of your favorite destinations at the Lake of the Ozarks! Get a grand total of seven cards by pick up an additional card at each checkpoint you visit - or purchase an optional eighth card for $5.

Once you've built a complete hand, submit it at your final checkpoint. Winners will be notified via mail once the results are tallied!

The lucky winners …

Best-Selling Drinks at Backwater Jack's

You tell everyone that you come to Backwater Jacks for the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks, but honestly... Who are you kidding?

We all know you come see us so you can enjoy the best DRINKS at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Our bartenders take special care to mix and blend each drink on our menu to absolute perfection, but three certain drinks have risen above the rest. Next time you come to Backwater Jacks, you'll have to try one (or all!) of our three most popular drinks: Pain in the A**, Rum Runner, and Cheesecake!

Rum Runner
This is what we're known for. This sweet, refreshing frozen drink features a masterful mix of different flavored rums - our own secret recipe! Just as a good magician never reveals his secrets, we can't disclose what flavors of rum are in the mix... but we can promise you one thing: it will blow your mind!

Pain in the A**
This perfect drink features a delicious combination of two of the best frozen concoctions around: pina coladas and rum runners! We use ou…

Backwater Jacks - Your #1 Autumn Destination

Summer may be rapidly winding down at the Lake, but that doesn't mean we aren't still in for some wonderful times! The Lake of the Ozarks is known for being an ideal summer vacation destination, but it can be equally wonderful in the fall. The sun and the air carry a distinct, crisp coolness that bring promises of a wonderful new season.

All of us at Backwater Jacks are excited to celebrate the last weekend of September, and we hope to get to share it with you! We'll still be going strong this weekend with all of the things you have come to know and love about the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

LIVE MUSICJoin us Friday, September 26th as we welcome Big John and the 39th St. Blues Band, and again on Saturday, September 27th when Squiggle Fish is here to hang out with us! These bands feature some of the best musicians the Midwest has to offer, and they both promise performances that you won't soon forget! 
GREAT SPECIALSBackwater Jacks is home to the …

Sidle Up to the Sandwich Counter at Backwater Jacks!



The perfect snack or meal for anyone, anytime, anywhere. The latest gourmet foods may come and go, but no one will ever turn down a mouthwatering sandwich!

If you're craving a one-of-a-kind, delicious sandwich, Backwater Jacks restaurant is the place to be! We're here to bring you all the best sandwiches at the Lake, from simply classic subs to deliciously creative concoctions. Check out this sneak peek at our great sandwiches!
Bacon Cheese Chicken GrillJack's Buffalo ChickenFried GrouperPork TenderloinRibeye SteakThe Classic ClubB.L.T.Jack BurgerCuban
This summer doesn't have to be over if you don't want it to be! Your favorite waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to bring you all the greatest food AND the best live music around! Join us this Friday for live music by Johnny G and the All Stars and again on Saturday for live music by MisLedd. 

Let's make the most of these last warm days of summer 2014. See …

Backwater Jack's: Still Offering Daily Specials!!

We refuse to accept that summer is coming to an end!! We're not ready to say goodbye ice cold drinks, beautiful sunsets, and spending time out on the water. We plan to hold on to this summer for as long as we can - and we invite you to, too! Backwater Jack's is still offering the best daily specials at the Lake of the Ozarks, so come out and see us soon!

MONDAY: Enjoy 1 pound of DELICIOUS snow crab PLUS great deals on the Lake of the Ozarks' best frozen drinks: Pain in the A**'s and Rum Runners!

TUESDAY: Time to live it up! Buy one Jose Cuervo or Suaza shot OR house margarita and get one FREE! Need we say more?
Wednesday: #WineWednesday, anyone? On Wednesdays at Backwater Jacks, enjoy $5.00 off any bottle of wine or $1.00 off all house wines by the glass!
THURSDAY: Celebrate your weekend early with great raw deals on all the best seafood at the Lake, including oysters, shrimp AND wings (just to keep things interesting)! Take $1.00 off any canned beer to wash it all down.


Backwater Jack's September Music Schedule!

If you think the summer celebrations are over at the Lake of the Ozarks, then think again! The Lake's best waterfront restaurant is bringing you live entertainment throughout the entire month of September.

If you're looking for a fun family outing or special date night, you need not look further than Backwater Jack's! Check out our great musical lineup for this month.

Wednesday, September
Johnnies on the Spot

Thursday, September 4 

Friday, September 5
Phat Mike & The Bartenders

Saturday, September 6
South 5 Band

Thursday, September 11 
Baub Eis Band

Friday, September 12
Sweet Trouble

Saturday, September 13 
The Surge

Friday, September 19
Johnny G and the All Stars

Saturday, September 20

Friday, September 26
Big John and the 39th St. Blues Band

Saturday, September 27
Squiggle Fish

We plan on hanging onto this summer for as long as we can!! It should be a beautiful month at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come out and celebrate with us!

We are the Best Waterfront Bar at Lake of the Ozark…

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Backwater Jack's!

The first day of school generally marks the beginning of autumn in most people's minds, but Backwater Jack's isn't ready to give up on this summer just quite yet!

The Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront restaurant is gearing up for an incredible holiday weekend, and want you to be a part of it. Head on out to the heart of Osage Beach for a weekend you won't forget - if you can remember it in the first place!

Live MusicThere's a reason why our friends consider us the home of the best entertainment at the Lake of the Ozarks. This holiday weekend, we're hosting the best talent the mid-Missouri has to offer. Join us tomorrow for the start of a long weekend - we'll have live music here every day from Wednesday to Monday!
-- WEDNESDAY, August 27 -- 2 Johnnies on the Spot
-- THURSDAY, August 28 -- South 5 Band
-- FRIDAY, August 29 --  Griffin & the Gargoyles
-- SATURDAY, August 30 -- Phat Mike Unplugged  The Surge
-- SUNDAY, August 31 -- Queens Blvd.
-- MONDAY, Septembe…

Poker Run Kicks Off at Backwater Jack's!

Who wants to raise money for a great cause - and enter for a chance to earn a little extra cash for yourself at the same time?! If that sounds like your kind of deal, head on to Backwater Jack's on the morning of Friday, August 22nd for the Shootout Poker Run 2014.

The OverviewParticipants will get to enjoy the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in all its summer glory! Pick up a poker card at each of the participating locations around the Lake to get a total of eight cards, then pick the best five and submit it as your official poker hand! 
The WinningsPayouts will be given to the following winning hands: 1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Worst Hand - must have 5 cards!
The Details The entry fee is $150 and includes: One poker hand (a card drawn at each stop)Two poker run t-shirtsTwo $10 dinner or drink couponsOne Captain's BagOne DVDBreakfast for two at Backwater Jack's!Additional items may be purchased at the following rates: Additional poker hands - $45 eachAdditional cards for your hand …

Great Reviews for Backwater Jack's!

Backwater Jack's strives to provide all our customers with an unforgettable Lake of the Ozarks dining experience. We take extra care to make sure all of our dishes are perfectly cooked and each drink is mixed to perfection. We are so grateful to our loyal customers who choose to celebrate their summer with us! 

Thanks especially to our customers who take the time to leave us great reviews on the Backwater Jack's Facebook page! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the wonderful reviews we've received in the past.

"Don't miss out on this water bar. The music, the food, the sun setting in the back of this fabulous cove. It's a little slice of Heaven right here at the Lake!" ~ Emily W.
"Best food and great Lake atmosphere. Service is always friendly." ~ Joe F.
"Great food, drinks, and fun right on the water!" ~ Todd P.
"Best jalapeno poppers around." ~ Julie D.
"Clearly a staple at the Lake! Great food, amazing serv…