Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Our Vacation House Rental for Fall at the Lake of the Ozarks

Currently, our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses are booked up for Shootout Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, but the fun at the lake doesn't end after the Labor Day holiday. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina stays open well into the fall because not only are there still all kinds of things to do in the lake area at that time, but the view when the leaves begin turning is something incredible to experience. 

Another bonus to visiting the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall is the fact that the pace is a little slower and more laid back than you regularly find mid-Summer. (Unless, of course, you're here for Bikefest, September 12-16, 2018. Things get crowded that weekend, but oh, so much fun!) If you're considering a fall vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks, the following reviews from some of this summer's visitors will convince you that you want to stay right here with us.

The Glass House
The Glass House offers 1,500 square feet of living space and can easily house up to 8 guests. These reviews were taken from the Glass House booking page

"Wonderful long weekend!
We spent a long weekend at The Glass House with two other couples and had a wonderful time. The house was very clean and decor was perfect for a lake house get away. The boys loved playing the arcade game while waiting for the ladies to get ready to head out for an adventure. Location was perfect as just across the street from Shorty Pants Lounge where we were able to stop in for a convenient and tasty meal! I highly recommend this property for your vacation!"
~Kirsten P.

"We loved the Glass House.
My family and I stayed during the week over Independence Day. Ashley was great, answered all of our questions (believe me we texted a lot!) There are some pool noodles there, plenty of towels and we were excited to learn we could use a couple of paddleboards and a kayak. Bill down at the marina was super friendly, we enjoyed free popsicles and got to use their pump to inflate our giant floaties. Dinner at Shorty Pants was delicious, my husband is from New Orleans and he agrees their Cajun food was great! The master bedroom upstairs is the smallest room and there was no place in that room to put clothes (no closet or dresser) but the bathroom attached is a good trade off. The other two bedrooms are good sized both with a closet and one had a dresser as well. All the rooms had a nice lake view. Even though they had a same day turn around on check out she still gave us an extra 30 minutes to check out. Believe me with a 5 year old and 10 month old that was a HUGE help. Fun decor, had all the necessities and super nice host. Thanks for a great trip!"
~Nida D.

"House on lake - Osage Beach
Great place. Spacious and just across from Shorty Pants. Easy access to all. Quality throughout from linens, to dishware, and furniture. Very nice place to stay and the owner was great with quick answers to any questions."
~Becky Y.

The Red House
The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 16 guests. These reviews were taken from the Red House booking page.  

"Perfect House for Large Group/Family
This house has everything you need; plenty of space, screened in porch with a huge table for hanging out in the evenings, enough bathrooms for all guests, TWO kitchens, and a great deck (you can listen to the live music from Shorty Pants which we loved). We will definitely stay there again, thank you for making my wife's 30th birthday a great weekend!!!"
~Dan G.

"Great Property!!
We had a wonderful stay at this property. The house was clean, had plenty of beds, bathrooms, towels, kitchen items, etc. the view was beautiful & convenient to the restaurant and marina. Would highly recommend!! Thanks so much!!"
~Dawn P.

"Beautiful home - can't wait to go back.
This home is stunning & was absolutely perfect for 16 of us this past weekend. We had so much fun and Ashley was so accommodating to all of our needs from the get-go. Can't wait to book it again next summer. Thank you Ashley for everything!!!"
~Aubrey L.

"Everything we were wanting and more!
Right off the bat, Ashley was quick to respond and super helpful with anything we needed. The house was so spacious and clean. We had 11 people stay here and we all had more than enough space. It was so nice being as close as we were to the Shorty Pants Marina too. I would definitely stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone!"
~Jillian L.

It's easy to have an incredible time when you're visiting the lake area, and we do everything in our power to make sure that your stay at our Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's vacation house rental is one of the highlights of your visit. You can find the links to check availability and find booking information above and on the home page of our website. 

If your preferred dates aren't available, take a look at the Dog Days Bar & Grill vacation rental house. It's also gorgeous, spacious, lakefront, and right next door to our sister restaurant in Osage Beach. The next time you're headed to the Lake of the Ozarks, whether for work, pleasure, or a little of both, make plans to stay with us! 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ever Wonder Why It's Called a "Po Boy?" Wonder No More...

One of our most popular sandwiches at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, the Po Boy, is a traditional dish that is expected to be on the menu of the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. It seems like a strange name to refer to a sandwich by, so we decided to look into the reason someone decided to call it that in the first place. 

What is a Po Boy?
For those of you that may be unfamiliar with what a Po Boy sandwich is, here is the basic explanation. This delicacy is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana that normally consists of meat, often fried seafood. It is served on French bread and is usually garnished with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. The non-seafood versions may be served with Creole mustard in place of the mayo. 

Why the Name?
Apparently, the official origin of the name "Po Boy" is unknown, but there is a popular local theory. In 1929, during a four-month-long strike against a streetcar company, men on the picket line were given free sandwiches from a local New Orleans restaurant. 

The restaurant owners, Benny and Clovis Martin, were former conductors for the streetcar company and wanted to support their former colleagues. Workers at the restaurant jokingly referred to the strikers as "poor boys," and after a while, everyone began referring to the sandwiches themselves by that name. Of course, with a Louisiana accent, the word "poor" came out as "po."   

Historians find that theory suspicious. First of all, the story didn't come out until 40 years after the fact, plus prior to 1969, the Martin brothers had told people they created the po-boy for farmers, dock workers, and other "poor boys" who often ate at their original location near the French Market. Whether or not the local theory is true, it is a good story.    

Po Boys at Shorty Pants
Our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks proudly offers 4 different Po Boy Sandwiches on our Creole-inspired menu. Each one comes with your choice of a side dish. 

Catfish Po Boy
Southern-fried catfish with our homemade Cajun mayo, lettuce, and tomato. It also tastes great blackened!

Oyster Po Boy
Big Gulf oysters deep-fried golden brown on French bread with lettuce, tomato, and homemade Cajun mayo. 

Shrimp Po Boy
Hand-breaded Gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and our house-made Cajun mayo.

Andouille Sausage Po Boy
Smoked Cajun sausage and our homemade remoulade sauce served with shredded lettuce and tomato. 

The Po Boy Sandwich is just one of the many delicious Cajun creations that we serve here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. We use rubs and spices direct from Louisiana in our cooking to create authentic Creole cuisine that will make you think you're in the middle of the French Quarter instead of the middle of Missouri! The next time that you are in the lake area and it's close to mealtime, swing on by and give our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant a try. Your taste buds will thank you!     

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

We LOVE Hurricanes! (The Drink, not the Storm...)

One of the most popular drinks served in New Orleans is the hurricane, so of course, our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant offers that delicious drink on our menu. As a matter of fact, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has also created a few different variations of the classic cocktail so that you have more than one to choose from. 

Hurricane Cocktail Origins
A hurricane, in general, is a sweet drink made with rum, fruit juices, and syrup or grenadine. One reason that hurricanes are so very popular in New Orleans is that they were invented there.  

In the 1940's, New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien was looking for a way to get rid of some of the less popular rums on his shelf. Local distributors had forced him to include these in his order before he was able to get a few cases of the more popular liquors his customers preferred.    

Once O'Brien came up with a mixture of the rums that he was happy with, he poured the new cocktail into a glass shaped similar to a hurricane lamp and gave it away to the sailors that came into his bar. The drink was a hit, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since. 

The name hurricane possibly came from the shape of the glass used to serve it. O'Brien's bar allegedly started out as a speakeasy, and the password to get in was "storm's  brewin'." That fact also makes naming his drink after a storm very fitting! 

Hurricanes are also incredibly popular in the Bahamas, but those are not made the same way as the New Orleans version. If you order a hurricane in the islands, expect a much different flavor. Their drink is made with coffee liqueur, 151 rum, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier.    

Shorty Pants Hurricanes
As we mentioned above, in addition to the classic hurricane that you might be familiar with, we've come up with some recipes of our own. These still contain rum and fruit juices, but a few more ingredients give each one a tasty twist. 

New Orleans Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Cruzan Light Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour, and Shorty Pants Punch. 

Rainbow Sherbert Hurricane
Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker, all mixed with orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. 

Spring Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Light Rum, Coconut Rum, Chambord, orange juice, and pineapple juice. 

Freedom Hurricane
Light Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, Korbel Brandy, sour, orange juice, and Shorty Pants Punch. 

The next time you stop by for a plate full of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider trying this classic Cajun drink to go along with it. We're happy to mix one up for you fresh here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we're willing to bet it will be one of your favorite new drinks!  

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Best Live Music at the Lake of the Ozarks This August

The fantastic summer entertainment continues at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina this August with some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks! The experience is made even more memorable by our amazing lake view and all of that unbelievably delicious Cajun cuisine we serve 7 days a week. 

August Live Music
The outdoor stage at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant hosts some of the most talented entertainers in the lake area. Music begins at 6 pm on Tuesday nights and every Friday & Saturday evening starting at 7 pm. Here's who we have in store for you throughout August.   

Friday, 8/3
Tanner Lee

Saturday, 8/4
Grayson Wood

Tuesday, 8/7
Steven Moore

Friday, 8/10
The New Leftovers

Saturday, 8/11
Andrew Stratman

Tuesday, 8/14
Noe Palma

Friday, 8/17
Tanner Lee

Saturday, 8/18
Grayson Wood

Friday 8/24
Dustin Clark

Saturday, 8/25
Dustin Clark

Friday, 8/31
Joe Runyon

Cajun Creations to Eat & Drink
As we mentioned above, you can enjoy the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as the most refreshing drinks, while you listen to those incredible entertainers. If you take a bite and close your eyes, you just might think you're sitting smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter instead of at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

We use rubs and spices direct from Louisiana in our cooking, and you can both see and taste the influence of their Creole cuisine in our delicious dishes. Our World Famous Crab Cakes are an extremely popular menu item, as well as our Gumbo, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, Jambalaya, and so much more. 

That inspiration can also be found at the bar in many of our refreshing cocktails. From freshly muddled Mojitos to our Cajun Bloody Mary and the extensive list of Hurricanes that we have to offer, you most definitely will not go thirsty!  

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is open 7 days a week at 11 am, so you can join us any day that you like for lunch, dinner, or a few cocktails. If you'd like to experience some of the beautiful music coming from our lakeside stage 3 nights a week, be sure to mark your calendars now from the list above. You can join us by water at the 21 MM in Salt Hollow Cove or by land by State Road KK to the end of Three Seasons Road. It's a trip you'll be very happy to have made! 


The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Shorty Pants Marina - Everything You Need For a Great Day on the Lake of the Ozarks!

If you're in the lake area, more than likely you are going to want to spend quite a bit of time out on the water. It's easy to spend the entire day out there, and when you plan to do that, you're going to want to make a stop at the best gas dock and marina at the Lake of the Ozarks before you head out. Once you stock up on everything you need at Shorty Pants Marina, you'll be all set for an eventful day on the water. 

For example, this Saturday, July 21 at our sister restaurant Dog Days Bar & Grill, it's time for AquaPalooza 2018, the biggest single-day boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks! From 1-5 pm there will be hundreds of boats tied up in the Dog Days cove enjoying the 4 incredible bands performing all afternoon long. If you happen to be one of the lucky people in one of those boats, you'll be needing some supplies until you make it up to the restaurant. That's where a stop at Shorty Pants Marina in the morning will come in handy!

First and foremost, you'll want to get you watercraft gassed up for the day. We've got 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuel for your boat or PWC. Swing on by early and let us fill you up, and if you need to be topped off at the end of the day, come on back again! There will be live music and a delicious dinner waiting for you up the dock at Shorty Pants Lounge when you get here. 

Ice, Drinks, & Snacks
This time of year, it's most often sunny and extremely hot, so you're going to want refreshments on your boat to keep cool and energized throughout the day. The C-store at Shorty Pants Marina has the ice you need for your coolers (as well as a few coolers too) plus the tasty treats to put inside plus the ice. 

You can pick up package liquor, soft drinks, water, and all kinds of snacks while you're here. We've even got free popsicles for the kiddos when you stop by, free coffee for the adults, and free dog treats for your 4-legged passengers. 

Boating Essentials
Just in case you need to stock up on a few boating and/or personal essentials, we can take care of that for you too. Boating supplies include oil, fuel stabilizer, watersport flags, batteries, and more. For your passengers, we have personal care items you may have forgotten to pack, such as koozies, drink cups, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, toilet paper, and more. We even carry Dramamine, just in case someone on the boat might need it.  

You'll also find the stuff you need to keep you safe from the sun during your day out on the lake like sunblock, sunglasses, and hats. There's also plenty of awesome Shorty Pants gear to wear in sizes to fit the entire family. 

Boat Storage
Also, if you need a place to park your watercraft while you're in town, we may be able to help you out there too. We have 35 covered boat slips available from sizes 14'x26' up to 20'x56' as well as PWC slip rentals. Give us a call at 573-302-1004 to check availability and make arrangements to park here. Amenities that come along with those slips include showers, washer/dryer, free WiFi, free electric, free ice, gated parking, and gas discounts.  

Anytime that you're in the lake area this summer and planning to spend the day out on the water, make sure that our Lake of the Ozarks gas dock and C-store at the 21MM in Salt Hollow Cove is your first stop. We've always got great music onstage on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, so you might as well make us your last stop too! A wonderful ending to an amazing day. 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Our Incredibly Refreshing Freshly Muddled Mojitos

An extremely refreshing summertime drink to sit on the deck of our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant and enjoy is the delicious Mojito. They are hand-mixed and made to order at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and they pair beautifully with the tasty dishes on our Cajun-inspired menu.

A mojito is a rum-based cocktail traditionally made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and fresh mint. It's the fresh mint that makes this drink unavailable at most bars and restaurants, but we keep plenty on hand to mix a mojito anytime that you're thirsty for one. July 11 happens to be National Mojito Day, so in honor of this delicious drink, today's blog features a few interesting facts about its history. 

Mojito Origins
Havana, Cuba is said to be the birthplace of the mojito. We discovered two possible origins about how this drink came to be. 

Story #1
Many believe that it is fashioned after a drink from the 16th century originally called "El Draque." It was named after Sir Francis Drake who led a successful raid at Cartagena de Indias in 1586. As his ships were sailing toward Havana, an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy broke out on board. A small group from the ship went ashore on Cuba to retrieve the ingredients for a remedy that the local South American Indians were said to possess. 

These ingredients included aguardiente de caña, which translates to mean "burning water." This was a crude form of the rum we know today made from sugar cane. This was mixed with other local ingredients of lime, sugar cane juice, and mint. The extra ingredients helped to hide the harsh taste of the liquor. Apparently, the lime alone probably would have helped to prevent the epidemic, but this route gave us the beginnings of the mojito of today. 

Story #2
The other story that we came across is the account of some historians that believe the drink was invented by the African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields in the 19th century. A popular drink among them was Guarapo, which is the sugar cane juice that is often used to make mojitos. The original mojito that arose from this version did not contain any lime juice.

Mojitos at Shorty Pants Lounge
We not only offer our own take on the original mojito recipe at our Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we've also come up with a few flavorful variations we believe you will enjoy. 

A refreshing concoction of light rum and freshly muddled lime, mint leaves, simple syrup, and club soda. For extra flavor, you can also substitute one of our flavored rums, like strawberry, key lime, passion fruit, black cherry, or raspberry.

Pineapple Mojito
Cruzan Pineapple Run mojito muddled with grilled pineapples.

Ginger Mojito
Our classic mojito with a ginger twist. 

Turbo Mojito
Cruzan Coconut Rum mojito with a floater of Cruzan 151.

Blackberry Mojito
Our classic mojito muddled with blackberries. 

The next time that you come in for a plate of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks or a for a cocktail break, consider giving one of our freshly muddled mojitos a try. With all of the different choices we have for you at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, there's bound to be at least one that will hit the spot nicely. 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Delicious Cajun Po Boys and Signature Sandwiches That Will Make Your Mouth Water!

When you're in the lake area and craving a delicious meal, a heaping helping of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks is a perfect choice. We use only the tastiest rubs and spices direct from Louisiana here at Shorty Pants Lounge giving each dish a truly authentic flavor. You'll find the Creole influence throughout our extensive menu, and today we're featuring some of our irresistible sandwiches. 

Many of these sandwiches are Cajun through and through, but we also have a few that feature items like hickory-smoked pulled pork or steak, and an entire section dedicated to chicken sandwiches. Every sandwich in today's blog also comes with one of our delicious side dishes. 

When the subject of Cajun food and sandwiches both come up in the same sentence, then you simply have to talk about the traditional Louisiana sandwich - the Po Boy! Here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, you can enjoy your Po Boy in 4 different ways. 

Catfish Po Boy
Southern-fried catfish with our homemade Cajun mayo, lettuce, and tomato. You can try it blackened too!

Oyster Po Boy
Big gulf oysters deep-fried golden brown on French bread with lettuce, tomato, and homemade Cajun mayo. 

Shrimp Po Boy
Hand-breaded Gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and our house made Cajun mayo. 

Andouille Sausage Po Boy
Smoked Cajun sausage and our homemade remoulade sauce served with shredded lettuce and tomato. 

The following sandwich creations will satisfy even the biggest of hungers!

Catfish BLT
Now you're in the South! A hand-breaded catfish filet served with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and our Cajun mayo on a toasted French roll. You can try it blackened too!

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Our award-winning Wobbly Boots Roadhouse recipe, piled high on a toasted kaiser and served with Wobbly Boots BBQ sauce. 

Sweet Cajun Pulled Pork
Hickory-smoked pork with pepper jack cheese and a balsamic onion jam served on a hoagie. 

Steak 'N' Cheese
Strips of beef tenderloin grilled and smothered in white American cheese on a toasted French roll. You can add sauteed mushrooms, onions, or green peppers for a small additional charge. 

Cajun Club
We stuff this one on sourdough bread with smoked turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, and tomato with our Cajun mayo. 

These amazing chicken sandwiches will make your mouths water! Additional toppings are available and include; Cheese (American, Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone, Pepper Jack, Feta, and Bleu Cheese Crumbles,) Sauteed Mushrooms, Sauteed Onions, Jalapenos, Sauteed Green Peppers, and Bacon. 

Jack Daniels Glazed Chicken
A marinated and grilled Tennessee whiskey glazed chicken breast served on an Asiago Focaccia bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. 

Grilled Chicken Breast
Shorty's large grilled chicken breast garnished with lettuce, tomato, and onion and served on a toasted Kaiser bun. 

Asiago Chicken Sandwich
A delicious grilled chicken breast topped with grilled onions, white American cheese, and a sweet Balsamic sauce.

B.L.T.A. Chicken
A grilled chicken breast topped with crisp bacon, fresh avocado, shredded lettuce, and tomato served on an Asiago Focaccia bun. 

Blackened Creole Chicken
Blackened chicken with sauteed peppers and onions topped with pepper jack cheese and served on a toasted Kaiser bun. 

Now that we've gotten you good and hungry, it's time to head on over to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant and bar. You can think about which of these savory sandwiches you'll order on your way here, but don't think too hard about it, because the full menu features even more mouthwatering choices that may change your mind! You'll find Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina open 7 days a week this time of year at 11 am, ready and waiting to serve you a meal you won't soon forget! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant, where you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!