Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Taste It All One Last Time... Until Next Spring!

Well, we've finally reached the final week of our 2019 season at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Until that final day this Saturday, November 16, your favorite waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is open daily beginning at 11:00 am. Plenty of lunches & dinners in the next few days to get in one more taste of your favorite Cajun cuisine. Here are some popular menu items to tempt you even more. 



New Orleans Medley
Even though we offer many different types of dishes for your culinary enjoyment, we are most famous for serving the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. For the diner that has trouble deciding on which dish to order, our New Orleans Medley offers you four of our very best all on one plate! You get creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and a half-link of our Andouille Sausage. Make sure you attack this plate with a big appetite!


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! 



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!)

Po Boys
You can't run a Cajun restaurant without perfecting the Po Boy, and we believe we've done exactly that! One of the wonderful varieties we serve has already been mentioned above, but we've got even more for you to enjoy. 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 Oysters
  • Fried Shrimp
  • Andouille Sausage (This one features our homemade remoulade sauce in place of Cajun mayo.)

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.


Beignets
This is Louisiana's version of the doughnut. It makes an excellent dessert and an equally delicious appetizer. 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. 





If you weren't already craving something from our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant, we're willing to bet your mouth is watering for it now! Join us sometime before the end of the day on Saturday, November 16, 2019, for one last "hurrah" before this season is over. 


Rest assured that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will be back again next spring to do it all over again! Also, if you find yourself craving our Cajun cooking before that, we still cater during the off-season through the Barrett Restaurant Group. Give us a call and make arrangements to bring the taste of Shorty Pants to you at your next party or event! 



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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Our 2019 Season Ends November 16 - Stop By SOON!

It's that always dreaded yet unavoidable time of year when your favorite waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks prepares to close down for the season. It will only be for a few months, but you'd better get on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina while you still can. One last plateful of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks will make the long wait until next spring a little bit easier to handle! 



Last Day of the Season:
Saturday, November 16
Don't waste any time being sad about Shorty Pants heading into the off-season. Instead, make plans now to get on over here as many times as possible before our winter break begins! 

We'll still be opening at 11:00 am daily until our final day. That means plenty of lunches, dinners, and between-meal-snacktimes to enjoy before that day comes!



All Your Food Favorites
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! 



Those Classic Cocktails 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
Even after November 16 is over and we're closed for the season, you can still enjoy some good old Shorty Pants cooking by hiring the best caterers at the Lake of the Ozarks for your holiday parties this winter! 

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 Lake of the Ozarks waterfront 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. 



Please stop by soon and help us give Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina the seasonal send-off it deserves. On the warmer days, you can hang out on the deck enjoying that spectacular lake view. For the cold ones, we've got a nice fireplace for you to cozy up to and plenty of seating indoors where it's nice and warm. These last couple of weeks at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant are going to be a lot better if we get to spend them with you! 




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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It's Warm & Cozy at Shorty Pants Lounge. Perfect for a Fall Feast!

The weather is turning chillier by the day, but our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is warm and cozy, both inside and outside by the fireplace. If you're looking for a delicious meal and an incredible lake view this fall, head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina



Outdoor Fireplace
There are still plenty of days here and there when it's completely pleasant to dine outdoors on our lakeside deck. When that chill gets to be a bit too much, our covered patio with the outdoor fireplace allows you to get some fresh air but still stay toasty warm. There are a lot of sports going on this time of year and we've got a tv next to the fireplace so you can enjoy the outdoors and still catch the game. Space is limited though, so first come, first seated! 



Indoor Dining
There are also plenty of days, and especially evenings, when the temperature is going to chase you indoors. That's not a problem at our Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks because our indoor dining area is spacious, comfortable, and just the right temperature. Of course, if you're still kind of cold, we've got quite a few spicy options on the menu to warm you from the inside out! 



Open for Lunch & Dinner
You can still get the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am. That said, the season will be coming to an end in the next few weeks, so don't wait too long to head on over for your favorite Shorty Pants Lounge foods and drinks. 

What do you think you'll miss most over those long winter months that Shorty Pants is closed for the season? Perhaps the ever-popular Crab Cakes Pasta that smells and looks so delicious, your mouth is watering before you even take a bite! Our Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee tends to do that to people too, as well as our Po Boys, Cajun Entrees, Specialty Burgers... well, it's all pretty tasty!  



Don't forget about those creative cocktails as well. You can get a Bloody Mary just about anyplace, but not one of our Cajun Bloody Marys! You won't find a bigger or better selection of Hurricanes anywhere else around the lake area. You really ought to have at least one more Rum Runner or Pain in the A** before the season is over too. (Who cares if it's cold outside! Spring is a long way away!) 



Our season is NOT over yet, so get yourself to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina  in Osage Beach soon to enjoy a delicious lakeside meal right here with us. It's a wonderful way to spend a fall day (while you still can!) 


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rave Reviews for Our Lake of the Ozarks Vacation House Rentals

Just about everyone already knows that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina serves amazing food and drinks and hosts the best gas dock & marina in the lake area. Some of you may not be aware that we also offer two of the best vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you're planning a trip to the lake area, we would love for you to stay with us in either The Glass House or The Red House. Both of these waterfront homes are located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and available year-round. Here is what a few of our guests had to say about their stay in these incredible vacation houses. 



The Glass House Reviews
Both of our lakefront vacation houses are located in Osage Beach off Hwy. KK on the 21-mile marker. 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.

You'll find all the comforts of home, including a washer and dryer, full kitchen, and a gas grill on the 44-foot deck. A courtesy dock is available upon request for your boating needs and we have partnered with BomBay Boat Rentals to bring you the option to rent a watercraft during your stay. 



"Great House! We enjoyed our stay. The house was clean, everything was as described. Plenty of room for 4 couples." 
~La A, stayed September 2019

"Everything was wonderful. Great location for a house and easy to get around. Would stay there again.

~Scott L, stayed August 2019

"Great place, worked out perfect for us. Everyone from Ashely to Bill at the marina to the manager at Shorty Pants was awesome. Quick to reply to any questions we had. Would recommend this house.
~Kathy S, stayed July 2019

"We loved the home, beds were very comfortable and lovely peaceful spot.
Would definitely stay here again.
~Nancy G, stayed July 2019


The Red House Reviews  
Next door, the Red House also contains all the comforts of home needed to enjoy a relaxing stay plus the same, gorgeous lake views as the Glass House. 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." 


"We had a group of 5 couples stay at this property for 3 nights. Ashley was super to work with and the location was perfect. We brought our boat and the boat slip was covered and easily accessible. We would definitely stay at this house again.
~Steph N, stayed August 2019

"Had a group of 15 guys for a bachelor party so finding a place to stay was going to be a challenge. This place checked all of the boxes. Easily slept everyone and had plenty of room to hang out. Nice location next to Shorty Pants and the lake. Would definitely recommend to any large group looking to stay at the Lake!"
~Josh C, stayed August 2019

"Worked perfectly for our group of 14 guys. Exactly as advertised and Ashley was very helpful and friendly."
~Jacob A, stayed July 2019

"The house had tons of room and the decor was very cute! It was well stocked with towels and extra bedding. Nice laundry room. We had one small issue and we called Ashley. She was there in 15 minutes and had things back on track. She responded quickly to any questions to ensure we had a great stay. Would highly recommend this property and would definitely stay again."
~Keri G, stayed July 2019

"Stayed here for a guys' weekend and let me tell you the house is beautiful. Shorty pants was in the back yard for some drinks and food. Ashley was awesome and super helpful with quick responses. Let us even check in early. I have nothing bad to say about this place. We are already planning a trip next year to stay at the same house. Great place and great host. Don’t think twice about booking this place- just book it."
~Beckim L, stayed June 2019 



We hear "We'll definitely be back next year" a lot after people vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks in one of our rental houses. That means that if you are interested in booking a stay with us, best to book it sooner than later! 

Currently, our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant is still open 7 days a week, so you can join us for a drink or a bite to eat. Even after we close for the season later this fall, you can still book a stay in our vacation houses. Pick out a date (or a few of them) and reserve it today! 


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Take a Look at 10 of Our Most Popular Cajun Creations

You'll find a little bit of everything on our menu, like salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and more. That being said, we're most widely known for serving the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can cook up quite a few different dishes in the most delicious ways possible here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, but we take extra-special care to make sure that our Creole cuisine stands up to your Cajun expectations. 



We do that by using authentic rubs and spices direct from Louisiana plus recipes that we've perfected over many years. Just one bite and you'll think you're sitting smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter instead of lakeside at our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks in the middle of Missouri! To show you what we mean, here are 10 of our most popular Cajun dishes that people can't seem to get enough. 



Po Boy Sandwiches
You can't have a proper Cajun menu without a few Po Boys on it, and we have 4 of them! Choose either big, deep-fried Gulf oysters, hand-breaded Gulf shrimp, or fried or blackened catfish paired with our own homemade Cajun mayo, lettuce, and tomato on French bread. Last, but certainly not least, you can also choose smoked Cajun sausage with our homemade remoulade sauce, shredded lettuce, and tomato. 




Crab Cake Pasta
This dish has 2 delicious handmade shrimp and lump Blue crab cakes placed on a bed of fresh fettuccine. All of that is smothered in a spectacular seafood cream sauce. 


Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee
Two favorite Cajun ingredients, crawfish and shrimp, are smothered in a rich, creamy etouffee sauce. This dish also contains savory Creole vegetables and is served with rice. 


New Orleans Medley
With this amazing menu item, we offer a plateful of 4 of our signature entrees! You get that creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and a half link of our Andouille sausage. The many tastes of New Orleans summed up on one plate! 


Big Easy Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp are sauteed in butter, white wine, and garlic with lemon, rosemary, and our special Cajun seasonings. This tasty creation is available in both an appetizer and a dinner serving. 


Shrimp-N-Grits
Large shrimp are sauteed along with Andouille sausage, smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms and then served over a bed of our homemade Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno Grits. Mmmm boy! 


Smothered Catfish
This takes that amazing crawfish etouffee mentioned earlier to a whole new level by pouring it over a fried or blackened catfish filet and a bed of rice. 


Plantation Wrap
Great big Cajun flavor, all wrapped up into one neat hand-held package! We take a sun-dried tomato tortilla and fill it to the brim with Andouille sausage, Big Easy Shrimp, and red beans and rice to make this full-bodied wrap. 


Creole Quesadilla
Start your meal with this creative appetizer. We take a bountiful blend of Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp, then add to it pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers and onions inside a grilled tortilla. 


Beignets
This French Quarter favorite is the perfect way to end your meal, but if you'd prefer to begin your meal with it, go for it! (We include this tasty treat on our appetizer menu too!) Also known as Louisiana's doughnut, this perfectly deep-fried pastry is tossed in powdered sugar and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 




Now that you've seen some of what our Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer, get on over here and taste it! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is open 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am. The next time you get hungry (which happens every day!) head on over to see us. Your taste buds will be extremely glad that you did! 


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Awesome Appetizers Too Delicious To Resist!

The Fall Harbor Hop is happening this Saturday, October 12, 2019. If you're joining in on this awesome poker run on the water, you'll have quite a few stops to make to complete a 7-card hand. Snacking throughout the day is a great way to keep your energy levels high, so Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's appetizer menu may be just the thing to satisfy your cravings. 



Entrees of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks are going to be hard to resist, but if you're just in the mood for a smaller bite to share with your fellow boaters, give a few of these amazing appetizers a try. (You can always come back for a full dinner after you're done hopping!) 

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

Smoked Wings
Our house-smoked wings are served original, extra hot, garlic parmesan, or barbecue. 

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



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

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

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

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



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

Blackened Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp seasoned and blackened in one of our cast iron skillets, 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. 



Fried Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes deep-fried to a golden brown and served with our house Cajun mayo. 

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 rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and topped with shrimp in our seafood cream sauce. 

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

Beignets
Try this French Quarter favorite - Louisiana's doughnut! Perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 



Before the Fall Harbor Hop, swing by the best gas dock & marina at the Lake of the Ozarks to gas up and stock up for a day on the water. During the event, head up the dock to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. 



Once Harbor Hop is over, join us once again for dinner at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. If you can't make it back that night, we're still open 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am, so come on back as soon as you get the chance. We'll look forward to seeing you again! 



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