DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Sell it with sizzle. That’s the approach Chef Jason Stewart takes at Zeke’s Island Café in Davenport’s Hilltop Neighborhood on Harrison Street.
Stewart brings a little bit of the ocean and the islands to Iowa. The flair and flavor of Caribbean food is a specialty at Zeke’s. The shark, marlin, and star fish decorations add to the ambiance of the café.
On his honeymoon years ago, Jason fell in love with Hawaiian pork nachos. Stewart joked with his wife that someday they’d open a restaurant to serve those nachos. That’s what took place. He opened Zeke’s.
During the early stages, Stewart relied on volunteer help to learn the ins and outs of cooking food with a taste of Jamaica, Hawaii, and the Islands. A combination of cuisine and culture, courtesy of local folks familiar with tropical living.
Across the street, he also opened Rico’s Tropical Cantina where food from Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico is on the menu.
Stewart is “all in.” He lives in the neighborhood and is within walking distance of the café. Locals enjoy the cuisine. He’s also getting business from people who travel from Chicago and make the café a destination place.
Soon to celebrate its two year anniversary, Stewart intends to make Zeke’s a fixture on the hill for years to come.