Friday, April 29, 2016

Backwater Jack's Will Be Bringing Back the Old Favorites!

Backwater Jack's features a delicious menu that combines the styles and ingredients of
South Florida and the Caribbean with traditional favorites of the Midwest. Joined with our popular frozen refreshments and fantastic live entertainment, it's no wonder Backwater Jack's is known for the best food, drinks, and entertainment at the Lake of the Ozarks. We plan on bringing back the old favorites and more, so don't miss out!  


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! 

Take a peek at some of the tasty choices we have available on the menu:

Appetizers, Salads, & Soups
  • Wings 
  • Jack’s Red Beans & Rice 
  • Onion Rings 
  • Stuffed Mushrooms 
  • Buffalo Shrimp
  • Boiled Spiced Shrimp 
  • The Backwater Cobb Salad
  • Jack’s Island Seafood Salad
House Made Side Dishes
  • Fried Potato Sald
  • Sugar Snap Peas
The Sandwich Counter
  • Fried Grouper
  • Ribeye Steak
  • Jack Burger
Chicken, Fish, Steaks, & Pastas
  • Jamaican Lime Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Jack's Grilled Pork Loin
  • Cajun Jambalaya


You will be able to party on our lake front deck with live music on Wednesdays through Mondays. website. We feature some of the best local and regional bands around. Look for an updated live music schedule to be posted soon on our

Gotta Get Back to Backwater Jack's

Thank you for your patience as we remodel our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant and bar. We truly appreciate your feedback and support in our transformation. Preparations are being made to give you all the things you love about Backwater Jack's and more. The best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is only getting better. Keep checking our Facebook page for progress on our construction and opening dates. We promise it will be worth the wait!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

4 Unforgettable April Fools' Day Pranks

On this day in 1700, English jokers began making popular the annual tradition of April Fools' Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also known as All Fools Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. In present day, people have gone to tremendous lengths to create elaborate April Fools' hoaxes. Newspapers, radio, TV stations, and websites have participated in outrageous fictional stunts or claims to fool their audiences. Below are 4 of the most unforgettable public pranks in recent history:

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

The spaghetti tree hoax took place in 1957 by a BBC current affairs program.The three minute broadcast reported a family in Southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree". At the time, spaghetti was relatively little known in the UK, so many people were unaware that it was made from wheat flour and water. This resulted in many viewers contacting the BBC for advice on how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Decades later, CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".

The Curious Case of Sid Finch

In a 1985 issue of Sports Illustrator, a long time SI contributor, George Plimpton told the tale of a young man who could throw a baseball 168 mph. According to Plimpton, Finch was raised in an orphanage, learned yoga in Tibet, and could throw a fastball like no one else. Neither the date nor the unusually long subheader clued readers into the fact that it was a hoax. The first letters of each word spelled out "Happy April Fools Day".

Taco Liberty Bell

The fast food restaurant chain Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in seven leading U.S. newspapers announcing that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell. They claimed they were going to "reduce the country's debt" and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell". Thousands of people called Taco Bell headquarters before it was revealed at noon on April 1st that the story had been an April Fools' Day hoax. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry acknowledged the hoax by stating that the federal government was also "selling the Lincoln Memorial to Ford Motor Co. and renaming it the Lincoln-Mercury Memorial".

The Left-Handed Whopper

In 1998, Burger King advertised in a full-page ad in the USA Today, that they had come up with a solution for the 1.4 million left-handed customers visiting their restaurants every day. They claimed all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to suit the left-handed burger fanatics. Southpaws were eager to try the left-handed burger the next day at Burger Kings across the country. The thought that the burger is created equally for all people, no matter which hand is dominant apparently never crossed their minds.  

Backwater Jack's 

You may be surprised by the transformation at Backwater Jack's next time you come visit. It is not a hoax. We may look different on the outside the next time you come by, but we will still be the same great waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks on the inside!  We will continue to offer our eclectic blend of food, drinks and entertainment. 

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