Report Card: Daddy Jack’s

Daddy Jack's

Daddy Jack’s

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http://jacksarebetter.net/

 

Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere:  Grade A:  If Winking Lizard or TGIFridays had an illegitimate child with Jeff Ruby’s or Eddie Merlot’s, it would probably be named Daddy Jacks.  Daddy Jacks is located in a strip mall, which usually does not bode well for those looking for an upscale dining experience.  But, once you enter the front doors, all apprehension will probably be replaced by confusion.  You might be confused as to whether you are at a sports bar or an upscale steak house.  Daddy Jack’s displayed attributes of both – that’s probably the best way to describe it.  We arrived at 5:30pm on a Saturday, and the place was pretty empty.  Noise level was at a minimum and the tables were nicely spaced.  We will assume that the inclement weather was keeping the rest of the would-be dinner crowd away.  With the upscale décor and cleanliness, you definitely get the upscale steakhouse vibe.  Then you notice the mammoth sized bar and widescreen monitors on the wall and you think “sports bar.”  Why do you care if the food is good?

High marks:  Clean, quiet, upscale decor

Low marks:   Either suffers from split personality or an identity crisis

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Service:  Grade B+:  Our server, Sarah, did a nice job meeting all of our needs.  We had a minimal initial wait after being seated (which was to be expected in an empty restaurant) and our drinks and appetizer arrived at our table in a timely fashion.  Once the meal got rolling, our food came out with minimal delay and everything was accurate.  However, with business so slow, we would expect a little more interaction with the server.  It can be difficult to find the balance between being there to serve our needs and annoyingly hovering off to the side.  Our server probably thought she was allowing us to enjoy our meal uninterrupted, but she was just a tad too much in the background for our liking.  But, overall the service was pretty good.

High marks:  Accurate, minimal waits

Low marks:   Server a little too “hands-off,” nothing too memorable about service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  Now, on to the good stuff.  For drinks, Katina ordered a drink called a Susan Bob.  She described it as really good, with a strong fruity (raspberry) flavor and quite a kick.  I elected to go with a couple of Fat Tire Amber Ales, which I found unique tasting with a nice strong malt presence.  For our appetizer, we selected the pretzel bread sticks, which were served (not surprisingly) with a beer cheese.  The pretzel bread sticks were good, but nothing about them set them apart from any other pretzel bread stick appetizer we’ve eaten. For her entrée, Katina ordered twin lobster tails (BIG surprise, right?) and I ordered a New York strip with an additional lobster tail.  Katina’s dish came with a Caesar salad, which had the perfect amount of dressing.  My dish came with a cup of clam chowder, which was excellent.  The chowder had carrots, which was a first for me, and all of the rest of the ingredients were present in a balanced fashion.  Katina’s lobster tails were nicely prepared, but the highlight of the dish was the drawn garlic butter with which they were served.  My steak was nicely prepared as was my lobster tail, but I’ve had better variants of these two items at other establishments – guess I should have elected to go with the garlic butter as well (and no, Katina did not share hers).

High marks:  Good salad, soup, and drawn butter for lobster tails            

Low marks:  Appetizer and steak were good, but nothing to slap your momma over

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Value:  Grade B-:  Even though we were pleased with the portion size and food quality, we felt Daddy Jack’s was a tad bit over-priced.  We could have easily dined at Eddie Merlot’s, Jeff Ruby’s, or another upscale steakhouse and spent the same amount of money for food of better quality.  That being said, if you’re in Indy and want to splurge a little, a trip to Daddy Jack’s would be a good decision.

High marks:   Good portion size and quality

Low marks:  A little too pricey

 

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