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Local Flavor - April

Apr 10, 2013 11:51AM ● By tina

The Daddy Jack's lobster roll, a heaping portion of lobster salad on a lightly toasted hoagie roll served with a side of salad and chips

Lobster Trap meets the Parent Trap

Daddy Jack’s brings traditional New England seafood to the family-friendly suburbs of Texas.

“Daddy Jack” Chaplin wasn’t born in Texas, but he got here as fast as he could — and he brought a full list of fresh seafood dishes along with him. The New London, Conn., native and YouTube sensation cultivated a love for seafood dishes while helping his grandmother prepare meals at the family’s home in Nova Scotia. He first cut his Texas teeth in 1993 at the now beloved Greenville Avenue location, and in March of this year, his seafood movement officially spread to Southlake.

Situated in the outer-limits of Southlake Town Square, Daddy Jack’s renovated Po’ Melvin’s former location, bringing a long-awaited facelift to the shopping center’s North Carroll borders. Upon first entering the restaurant, diner’s walk directly under a lobster trap and are welcomed into a newly New England–themed space. The restaurant shed its dank, barbecue past for a lighter, nautical style that complements the Daddy Jack’s menu. Owner and chef Dominick Simonetti has totally revamped the space with wainscoting with seafaring fixins’, anchor-themed wall-art, life-preserving mirrors and chandeliers more appropriate to a helm rather than a ceiling.

Casual in theme but serious when it comes to seafood, Daddy Jack’s specializes in lobster and chowder. Without hesitation, we ordered a cup of clam chowder ($4) to start off our meal. Hearty chunks of clam and potato retained their rightful place in elegant cream broth that didn’t overpower with flavor. Swiftly moving to the lunch-special lobster roll ($19.95), we enjoyed its generous portion of light and fresh lobster salad set atop a gently toasted hoagie roll, a joy of both flavor and texture. Complete with a side salad, chips and a pickle — it is bound to become a staple lunch item for area residents and visitors alike.

Land lovers won’t be disappointed, either. The dinner menu features 12-ounce filets to fulfill the turf half of the surf-and-turf equation, which is to say nothing of tasty grilled-chicken entrees. Desserts are made on premises and include homemade key-lime pie, Italian-style cheesecake and a flourless chocolate cake. Combined with a full bar offering an impressive list of hand-crafted drinks, top-shelf wines and a generous happy hour, Daddy Jack’s makes for a welcome excursion any day of the week.