For over a decade Daddy Jack’s has served up tantalizing appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, chicken, hand-cut steaks and seafood. Relax with a generous libation and you’ll quickly see why this is Indianapolis’ favorite fine dining spot for food, fun, and friends. Join the crowd for a sporting event on one of our six TV’s, or request a secluded corner for a romantic dinner for two.
Did you notice the big red Cadillac parked curbside in front of the restaurant? It belongs to Daddy Jack.
To know Daddy Jack, you have to think big, just like his Caddy: Big shoulders, big heart, big plans. And, of course a big, finely tuned appetite for excellent food and generous drinks.
Restaurants past and present are marked prominently on Daddy Jack’s life map. From the old Tee Pee on 38th Street to the Corner Tavern on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, from Caesar’s Palace Court on the Vegas Strip to Dorian’s on the Kona Coast – Daddy Jack has adopted the best and most unique as his own and brought them here to North Meridian.
Eating and drinking aren’t necessities in the world according to Daddy Jack. They are pleasures woven inextricably into his code of life, which goes something like this: Live life fully, play to win, share the spoils of victory, have lots of laughs. And always, always remember your friends.
So consider yourself a friend of Daddy Jack’s. Relax, have a drink, maybe a meal, catch a game on TV, and share a few laughs. Daddy Jack will take good care of you.
Put this place on your life’s map, and hurry back. But please don’t park by the curb. That space is reserved for Daddy Jack.
Kona Jack’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar, named Best Seafood Restaurant for ten years running by Indianapolis Monthly, and Best Seafood Restaurant by Nuvo Newsweekly, boasts the widest array of fresh and salt-water fish, shellfish, clams, oysters, and sushi in the Midwest. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, and fine wine in casual comfort, surrounded by the beauty of salt-water aquariums, or let the experts in our Fish Market help you select impeccably fresh seafood to prepare at home. Kona Jack’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar is right next to Daddy Jack’s at 96th and Meridian. Reservations are recommended but not required.
On a mountain road overlooking the Kona coast stands a fish market named Stan’s. For over a decade, Daddy Jack drove his Jeep up the rugged trail to meet the fishermen bringing in their afternoon catch.
The big haole would open a Primo, listen to the stories of the day at sea, banter with Stan in his own version of Pidgin English, and fill the shop with his ebullient sense of wonder and joy at being a Hoosier on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Stan would be about his work, arranging the rainbow of fresh fish taken that day from the warm Kona waters: Ahi, Mahi-Mahi, Ono, pink and red snapper, fresh-water prawns. He’d place the fish carefully on a snowy bed of ice, taking them up one at a time to prepare them for his customers.
Daddy Jack watched with pleasure, considering the gleaming display before him and designing the perfect meal for his friends and family back at the beach house. Perhaps it would be grilled Mahi-Mahi for his growing sons, sautéed prawns for the girls, blackened snapper for the weekend guests, or maybe baked Ahi and candlelight for his wife.
One day, Daddy Jack stayed later than usual and watched Stan at his art, slicing and teasing the fillets from their delicate bones, handling each piece as it were a rare Oriental sculpture. Beyond Stan, through an open-air window, Daddy Jack could see the sun setting over Kealakekua Bay, fiery orange melting into ocean blue.
Stan looked up and followed Daddy Jack’s gaze. “Watch for green flash,” Stan whispered. “Green flash like night’s first star. Make wish and it will come true.”
Daddy Jack had heard this Hawaiian legend: Watch the sunset very closely under perfect conditions, and at the very moment between sunset and twilight, you may see a brilliant green flash – perhaps once or twice in a lifetime of watching.
That very evening Daddy Jack saw his green flash. The little shop was flushed with the brilliant light. Daddy Jack raised his large square fists in the air and echoed the traditional cry of Hawaiian fishermen: “Hana hou! Let’s do it again!”
Daddy Jack’s wish has come true – to serve and revel and feast with friends and family again and again and again, and someday to bring to his friends in Indianapolis a place just like Stan’s. Fresh fish at fishermen’s prices; a relaxed, healthy atmosphere; a hint of the tropics on Indy’s north side – that’s Kona Jack’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar. We hope that you will enjoy his dream.
Hana hou! Let’s do it again!
Après Jack’s is Daddy Jack’s after-dinner bar. French for “After Jack’s”, Après Jack’s is the perfect place to stop for cocktails after work, after play, or after dinner at Daddy or Kona Jack’s.
Après Jack’s has its roots in a charming suburban neighborhood on Indy’s north side, where Daddy Jack lived most of his life. Life was good for Daddy Jack. His business was prosperous, his wife adored him, his five children loved and obeyed him. But something was missing.
What Daddy Jack really needed, he mused, was a place to get away from it all – a place that was his, where nobody could find him unless he wanted them to. He needed a warm, comfortable hideout where he could relax and reflect on his good fortune.
An industrious sort, Daddy Jack one day began the plans for such a place. On a cocktail napkin he sketched his plans for a new den that he would add on to the back of his house. From the outset his vision was clear. The den would be his private sanctuary, abundantly supplied with the luxuries required for Daddy Jack to refresh himself and gather strength with which to meet with full exuberance the challenges of his wonderful life.
There was only one entrance to Daddy Jack’s new den. Those who entered were immediately surrounded by his impeccable taste for things comfortable and inviting: rich, dark, mahogany walls; plush leather chairs; gleaming brass; top-shelf refreshments; and a game table always set for a friendly competitor.
So consider yourself an invited guest of Daddy Jack’s. Come on back for a drink or two, or a cozy chair near the fireplace.