Yesterday we had to head over to Prior Lake to run an errand for a friend. Being that we were already in the area we decided to hit up Captain Jack’s in order to enjoy some dinner outside and right on the lake.
Captain Jack’s has some prime waterfront real estate on Prior Lake. While it’s a bit difficult to find, requiring visitors to navigate a twisty, turvy route through neighborhoods, once you arrive you’re welcomed with a VERY LARGE outdoor seating setup including a sandy area and fire pit with colorful chairs to wait for a seat, a bar lined with rope swing seating, and many tables both above and around the bar which offer stellar views of the lake.
Captain Jack’s menu is your typical bar/restaurant menu and includes a variety of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers. The Wife ordered their Captain Chicken (chicken tenders, provolone and cheddar cheeses, bacon and ranch dressing on sourdough for $9.99. I ordered their South of the Border Burger (bacon, pico de gallo, avocado, jalapeno, and pepper jack cheese) for $10.99. The prices are a little bit high but based on our experience and what we saw delivered to other tables, in addition to the great lakeshore location, the portions are large enough to justify the cost.
Eventually our food arrived and we dug in. The Wife’s Captain Chicken sandwich looked good; it was something like a grilled cheese with chicken and bacon. While I didn’t try any of it, engrossed as I was in my own monstrous burger, she said it was good.
They note their burgers are made with a 1/2lb of the best ground beef available, are served on a toasted bakery bun, and served with fabulous fries. Well, while the burger was huge and the bun was decent, the fries were the typical fresh from the freezer, McDonald’s style variety. While I won’t complain about them, I’m not going to let Captain Jack’s get away with calling them ‘fabulous’.
However, who cares about fries when you have a half-pound burger stacked high with pico de gallo, avocado, jalapenos, cheese and bacon sitting in front of you? I ordered this beast medium-rare and while it didn’t look very pink after I cut it in half, it had the mouth-feel of medium rare and, as you can see, the avocado, pico de gallo, etc were all there in great quantities making this one beautiful looking burger.
Maybe it was the 85 degree weather, waves lapping at the shore, or the beer that I was downing in the gorgeous sunshine but after the first bite of the South of the Border burger, I had to admit that Captain Jack’s ranks up there with some of the best South of the River burgers. It was big, juicy, and carried a ton of meat flavor even with all of the toppings. While the bacon could have been done a little more (I am totally ok with it being a little on the floppy side; most people are not, however), I couldn’t mind much to say other than I am looking forward to another night overlooking the lake with a burger and a beer. Perfect.
Overall The Wife and I really liked our time at Captain Jack’s and we’re planning on heading back again this summer (hopefully sans kids!) for an evening of sitting on the deck, enjoying some food and drinks, and maybe taking a swinging seat at the bar. We certainly recommend you try it too.
Have you ever been to Captain Jack’s in Prior Lake? If so what did you order and what did you think? What are your favorite burger joins South of the River? What lakefront places do you like best for a night out to eat? What other places in Prior Lake have you tried and enjoyed? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
3950 Green Heights Trl SW
Prior Lake, MN 55372