Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Winter Fun At the Lake of the Ozarks You Don't Want To Miss!

Once spring 2021 finally gets here (which lands on Saturday, March 20), you know there will be all kinds of fun things to enjoy in the lake area, including hanging out at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina with us! (We usually open back up early in March, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages for an exact date!)

Until then, there are still lots of fun annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to participate in. Below we've featured a few of those dates. If you'll be coming from out of town, it's best to book your stay in one of our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront vacation house rentals sooner rather than later so you've got a great place to stay while you're here! 

Shorty Pants Vacation Rental Houses

Our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks has two amazing vacation houses for rent right next door. They come with all the comforts of home and are centrally located to all the fun and excitement that the lake area has to offer year-round. 

The Glass House offers 1,500 square feet of living space and can easily house up to 8 guests. The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 16. Both offer plenty of room to bring the whole family along or a large group of friends for a relaxing winter stay at the lake. Both houses have an amazing lake view with large decks to sit on and admire it from. (Of course, if it's too cold while you're here, the view is just as beautiful through the windows!) 

A Few Fun Reasons to Visit the Lake Area 

Valentine's Day
February 14, 2021

The holiday of romance falls on a Sunday this year, which means you might as well make an entire weekend celebration out of it! Cuddling up by the fireplace or cozying up together to enjoy that gorgeous wintertime lake view are excellent activities for this type of private getaway. Currently, both of our rental houses are available this weekend but don't wait too long to book one!   

Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Passport Weekend
February 19-21, 2021

The Lake Pub Crawl is always an exciting weekend to be in the lake area and this year, instead of just one night to enjoy the festivities, they have extended the party to last three entire days and nights! Due to COVID safety concerns, no busses will be running this year so they are allowing everyone an extended period of time to check-in at every stop. 

This will be done via a mobile app, which will be available in early February. The more stops you hit, the more chances you'll have to win big prizes! For more information and to find a list of venues and transportation options for the weekend, visit www.LakePubCrawl.com.    

Lake of the Ozarks Wedding Expo
February 21, 2021

If you'll be getting married in 2021, this is the place to find everything you need for an unforgettable wedding at the Lake of the Ozarks. Meet potential vendors, see the latest wedding trends, find some awesome deals, and be entered to win incredible prizes. Learn more at www.GetMarriedAtTheLake.com.  

Home, Business, & Lake Living EXPO
February 26-27, 2021

If you have been thinking about moving to the lake area or simply visit here so often, it's your home away from home, this EXPO will help you get to know the area even better. Discover a diverse selection of products and services for business, home, personal, and lake living. Learn more by visiting www.CamdentonChamber.com.   

Polar Plunge
February 27, 2021

Swimming in the lake all summer long is a highlight of a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the winter, well, not so much. Unless that is, it's for a good cause! 

This annual plunge into the icy cold lake is a family-friendly event that benefits Special Olympics Missouri. If you're brave enough to plunge or just want to watch other people in crazy costumes do it, visit the SOMO website event page.   

Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days
March 6, 2021

Many majestic eagles call the Lake of the Ozarks home. This event honors that with sightseeing and programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary and the Dickerson Park Zoo. You can find a full schedule of events at www.LakeOfTheOzarksEagleDays.com

Lake of the Ozarks St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 13, 2021

If you've never attended a St. Patrick's Day weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks, you've been missing out on a season-opening celebration like no other! This is the time of year when many of the seasonal spots (like your favorite Cajun restaurant & marina at the Lake of the Ozarks) are back open and ready to start an exciting new year of fun. Start the day with the parade on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip, then head our way for delicious food and more weekend excitement.  

If you do happen to book a stay with us this winter, be sure to check out our sister restaurant Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach. They serve the most amazing hickory-smoked BBQ you've ever tasted, among other delicious dishes. (Including a fantastic Po Boy Sandwich a whole lot like the one we serve here at Short Pants Lounge each summer!) 

As we mentioned earlier, keep an eye on our social media for updates on exactly which date in March we'll be opening the doors for our 2021 season. Until then, pick a date to book one of our waterfront rental houses this winter and grab it up before someone else beats you to it! (While you're at it, it's not too early to book dates for this spring and summer too. The best ones go fast!) Enjoy your winter and we'll see you again real soon.  


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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Ideas Everyone Will LOVE! ๐Ÿ˜

If you're racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list, the gang from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is here to save the day! We've got a fantastic list of holiday gift ideas at the Lake of the Ozarks that are sure to please everyone you know, or at least the ones that like delicious food and enjoy having fun.

Lake of the Ozarks Vacation

There's nothing better than a Lake of the Ozarks vacation in the summer, but it's a wonderful place to visit in the winter too. With fantastic lake views, shopping, dining, annual events, and more, you can always find something fun to do. Booking a stay in one of our waterfront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks gives you a cozy place to stay with all the comforts of home plus an outstanding lakeside view! 

In the winter there are quite a few holiday events like Christmas for Kids, the annual holiday parade, and lots of New Year's Eve bashes. January brings with it Eagles Days and in February, that famous Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. You might even want to get away for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend. Also, it's not too early to snatch up a date or two in summer 2021 before the best dates are all booked up!

Right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, we've got two incredible vacation houses for you to choose from. The Glass House can sleep up to 8 and the Red House accommodates up to 16 guests. Visit our website (or click the highlighted names of each house above) to see photos, learn additional details, and book your stay today!  

Gift Cards Full of Deliciousness

Another gift anyone would love to receive is a gift card for all of their favorite foods & drinks from the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Sure, they'll have to wait until spring 2021 to use it at our place, but if they simply can't wait that long, there is an alternative. 

Those same gift cards can also be used year-round at our sister restaurant, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, for the most mouthwatering, hickory-smoked BBQ in town. Together, along with Dog Days Bar & Grill, our three restaurants make up the Barrett Restaurant Group, so gift cards purchased at any of those locations can be used at all of them. Dog Days is home to fantastic menu items, awesome swimming pools, and incredible live music on the lake seasonally. 

Throw a Party

Rather than buying individual physical gifts for everyone on your list, you might choose to host a holiday gathering for friends and family instead. You can make the planning process a lot simpler by hiring the best caterers at the Lake of the Ozarks - the Barrett Restaurant Group! It is powered by the culinary genius of all three restaurants, meaning a variety of delicious dishes can be served at your party.

We can easily accommodate groups of all sizes, large and small, and create customized menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, receptions, holiday parties, seminar breaks, business meetings, or any other type of gathering where people need to be fed. If you like, special arrangements can often be made to load up our catering vans and bring everything directly to you! 

Need a place to host that party? We can help out there too! Private event rooms at the Lake of the Ozarks are available at all three restaurants. Dog Days even has an indoor stage and dance floor and our catering staff can help you book live entertainment.  

All catering jobs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to reserve your date early before someone else gets it first! For more details about the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks during Shorty Pants' off-season, give Wobbly Boots a call at 573-348-2277

Now that we've given you a few great holiday gift ideas, which names on your list match them perfectly? When you give the gift of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, the recipients' holiday is immediately a lot more merry and bright! 


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

How To Get You Shorty Pants Lounge "Fix" in the Off-Season

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach may be closed until spring 2021, but that doesn't mean you have to do without us until then! As a member of the Barrett Restaurant Group, we are able to offer the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks year-round. Oh, and if you miss the atmosphere and incredible lake view, well, a stay in one of our vacation rental houses can fix that. 

Shorty Pants Catering

The Barrett Restaurant Group, which is made up of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Dog Days Bar & Grill, and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, caters to the lake area year-round. With such a diverse group of restaurants represented, a wide variety of food choices can be made available. This includes the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks that you've gotten used to enjoying at Shorty Pants Lounge. 

We are able to accommodate groups of all sizes and with enough advance notice, can even load up our delivery vans and deliver the food directly to you. If you are also in need of a venue to host your meeting or event, arrangements can be made to use the private room (complete with a cozy fireplace) at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. In some cases, we can even open up Shorty Pants or Dog Days in the off-season to host your gathering. We can even help you book the entertainment!

All catering is done on a first-come, first-served basis so the sooner you reserve a spot on our calendar, the better. Reach us at 573-348-4244 or call the Boot at 573-348-2277 to make arrangements. All dates need to be booked in advance with our sales office and a final guest count is needed one week before the event.  

Lakeside Winter Vacation

While many people miss the food from Shorty Pants Lounge during our off-season, quite a few of them also miss being able to enjoy the fantastic lake view that comes along with that food. The good news for all of them is that our waterfront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, located right next door to our restaurant & marina, are open year-round. 

Although Shorty Pants is in "hibernation" all winter, the lake area has plenty of excitement happening, including holiday shopping, New Year's celebrations, romantic weekends, the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, and much more. Both of our lakefront vacation houses are located in Osage Beach off Hwy. KK on the 21-mile marker. A courtesy dock is also available upon request for your boating needs. 

The first of our two vacation house rentals, the Glass House contains 1,500 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and the ability to sleep up to 8 comfortably. Here you'll find all the comforts of home, including a washer and dryer, full kitchen, and a gas grill on the 44-foot deck.

Click here to learn more about the Glass House and book your stay. 

Next door to the Glass House, the Red House also contains all the comforts of home needed to enjoy a relaxing stay plus the same gorgeous lake views. This property is larger at 3,400 square feet of living space and has two 44-foot decks.

There are 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and this house can accommodate up to 16 guests. There is also an apartment-like space detached from the house that we call the "Love Shack.

Click here to learn more about the Red House and book your stay.

So as you can see, even though our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar is closed for the season, you can still enjoy many of the things that you love about Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina all year long! The next time you miss us, plan a gathering we can cater or pick a date to vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. It really can be as simple as that! 


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Our 2020 Season Ends This Saturday, Nov. 21 - Come & Get It!

It's been a strange year but we still managed to have a great season here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach and a big part of that was you! That's why it would make us extremely happy to see each and every one of you at least one more time before we close down for the season. Make plans to come on by in the next few days for one last plateful of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks before it's all gone until next spring. 

Last Day of the 2020 Season: 
Saturday, November 21

Don't waste any time being sad about our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks heading into the off-season. Instead, jump in your car or boat and get over here ASAP before our winter break begins. 

We'll still be opening daily at 11:00 am now through Saturday, November 21, 2020. That means you've got a few more days to swing by for lunch, dinner, drinks, and maybe even a couple of between-meal-snacks before the kitchen and bars shut it all down!

All Your Favorite Foods

The best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is where you'll find the most authentic Creole cuisine in mid-Missouri. We use rubs and spices direct from Louisiana and recipes that would make any New Orleans native proud. If you close your eyes, you just might think you're actually in the French Quarter instead of Missouri!

Of course, we are located in Osage Beach, so amazing Cajun isn't the only food we cook up to make your mouth water. You can order fresh seafood, savory steaks, signature sandwiches, juicy burgers, salads, wraps, tacos, and a whole lot more! For all of you return diners, you know the wonderful things to expect out of our kitchen. If you've never been here before, well, you'd better hurry on over soon! 

The Most Delicious Drinks Too

Our incredible menu items are a big draw but the delicious drinks our talented bartenders mix up on a daily basis are an excellent reason to make a trip to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina too. The Cajun Bloody Marys and freshly muddled Mojitos are very popular around here. Even though it's colder outside, one last frozen drink is tempting too. 

To truly bring about the spirit of New Orleans, we offer an amazing classic Hurricane plus a long list of specialty Hurricanes that are all our own. The bar also carries an impressive wine list and the most refreshing beers in town. Come on in for a drink and raise a glass to another outstanding season!

Shorty Pants in the Off-Season

If you simply cannot wait until next spring to get a mouthful of your favorite Cajun dishes, hire the best caterers at the Lake of the Ozarks for all of your holiday parties and winter events during the off-season! 

Year-round, the Barrett Restaurant Group can cater all of your events, large and small, with the flavors of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Dog Days Bar & Grill, and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. Private event rooms are also available to rent at all three restaurants. 

If you miss our gorgeous lake view, book a stay in one of our two Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses and have it all to yourself! (Well, you and our neighbors, but they don't mind sharing that view!) 

The Glass House can easily host up to 8 guests and the Red House offers enough room for up to 16 people. Since they are right next door to Shorty Pants, they're centrally located to many of the best attractions, events, and shopping at the Lake of the Ozarks. 


Help us give Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina the seasonal send-off it deserves! If we get more of that incredible warm weather in the next few days, we can hang out on the deck enjoying the awesome lake view. For the colder moments, we've got a cozy fireplace outside and plenty of seating indoors as well where it's nice and warm. These last few days at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront Cajun restaurant & bar are going to be a lot better if we get to spend them with you! 


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Come & Get Your Cajun On... Before It's All Gone!

The 2020 season for many lake area spots has already come to an end but here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, since the weather has been so incredible so far this fall, we're sticking around as long as we can! We'll be closing the doors of our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks at some point this month, but for right now we're still open 7 days a week starting at 11:00 am. 

Of course, once this season is finally over, you won't be able to get a plateful of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks for a few months. Here's a delicious reminder of some of the amazing Creole-inspired dishes you need to come in for at least one more time before you have to wait until spring 2021.  

New Orleans Medley

For the diner that has trouble deciding on which dish to order, our New Orleans Medley offers you four of our very best dishes, all on one plate! You get creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, savory Red Beans & Rice, and a half-link of our Andouille Sausage. Be sure you bring in a big appetite to tackle this plate!

Po Boys

You can't run a Cajun restaurant without perfecting the Po Boy and we believe we've done exactly that! In case you're not familiar with this fantastic sandwich, it's a French roll containing lettuce, tomato, homemade Cajun mayo, and one of the following meats:

  • Catfish (fried or blackened)
  • Fried OystersFried
  • Shrimp
  • Andouille Sausage (This one features our homemade remoulade sauce in place of Cajun mayo.)

Catfish

Catfish is used often in Cajun cooking, plus it's delicious, so you will find it offered quite a few different ways on the menu at Shorty Pants Lounge. Catfish lovers are always very happy to discover the many options they have to choose from around here!
  • Catfish BLT
  • Catfish Po Boy
  • Catfish Dinner
  • Smothered Catfish (smothered in creamy Crawfish Etouffee!)

Shrimp & Grits

A Cajun classic! This dish contains large shrimp that are sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms. That mouthwatering mix is served over a heaping helping of homemade Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeno Grits. 

We've also got another terrific version with our Shrimp & Grit Tacos, which place the famous jalapeno grits under shrimp, Andouille sausage, bacon, and a jalapeno lime sauce in a flour tortilla.

Crab Cakes

Our amazing handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes are an extremely popular menu item. They are rolled in our seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp, then covered with a savory seafood cream sauce on the appetizer menu. 

As fantastic as they are on our own, when we place them on top of a bed of fresh fettuccine for our Crab Cake Pasta entree, the taste is elevated to a whole new level! 

Beignets

This is Louisiana's version of the doughnut. It makes an excellent dessert (and an equally delicious appetizer if you just can't wait!) Our housemade sweet raspberry sauce is served with this perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar. Great for sharing, but you may want to keep them all to yourself! 

Hurricanes

We take the classic cocktail created in New Orleans and do it justice, plus we came up with a few of our very own variations on the delicious drink. Our freshly muddled Mojitos and Cajun Bloody Marys are also amazing, but there's something special about Hurricanes and Cajun food together. 


Now that we've got your mouth watering, jump in the car or the boat and head on over to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront Cajun restaurant & bar while you still have the chance! Sure, we'll be back again next spring anxious to begin another awesome season at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina but you don't want to have to wait that long for another taste. We don't want to have to wait that long to see you here with us one more time either! 


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Amazing Appetizers That Really Hit The Spot!

The weather seems to keep us guessing around here lately at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach. (Of course, that's par for the course here in mid-Missouri pretty much any time of the year!) This week we're blessed with sunshine and comfortable temperatures for enjoying time outdoors. 

While it lasts, it's a great time to hang out at our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks on the lakeside deck and leisurely enjoy a drink or two and something delicious to munch on.

A variety of appetizers are an excellent way to slowly snack on small bites over a period of time, plus great to share with a table full of friends. The longer you can manage to make the food last, the longer you can enjoy the moment! Here is a look at the appetizers you'll find on the menu at Shorty Pants Lounge that can help you do just that. 

Creole Quesadilla
A bountiful blend of Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp with pepper jack cheese plus sauteed peppers and onions. 

Smoked Wings
Our house-smoked wings are served in orders of 10 or 20 in your choice of the following:

  • Original
  • Extra Hot
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Barbecue

Pork Nachos

Slow-smoked pulled pork, Turbodog cheese sauce, and red beans piled high on corn tortilla chips and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos. 

Blackened Chicken Nachos
Tortilla chips piled high and smothered in our Turbodog cheese sauce, then topped with spicy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos and served with our salsa and sour cream.  


Chicken Tenders
Fresh chicken tenders are hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown. 

Big Easy Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp sauteed in butter, white wine, garlic, lemon, rosemary, and Cajun seasoning.

Crab Artichoke Spinach Dip
A mouthwatering mixture of crab, spinach, artichoke, and blended cheese served warm with tortilla chips. 


Crab Cakes
Two handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes topped with shrimp in our seafood cream sauce.  

Blackened Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp seasoned and blackened in one of our cast iron skillets and served with a lemon wedge. 

Sweet Coconut Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp breaded in a sweet frosted flake and coconut breading and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 


Peel and Eat Shrimp
Large shrimp spice-boiled and served with our house Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. 

Cajun Fried Oysters
Lively seasoned, hand-breaded, southern-fried oysters served with our house Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. 

Calamari
Flash-fried corkscrew calamari tubes served with your choice of jalapeno lime or cocktail sauce. 

Seared Ahi Tuna
A 6-oz. sesame encrusted Sashimi style Ahi tuna served with sesame ginger dressing and a wasabi cream sauce. 

The 2020 season at our waterfront Cajun restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is not over yet, but the end is in sight. That means it's more important now than ever to head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina before all of your Cajun food favorites are gone until next spring. The weather is perfect and the food and drinks are as deliciously irresistible as ever. Don't miss out!  


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