Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Taste of New Orleans at the Lake of the Ozarks!

You don't have to make a trek all the way down south to New Orleans to enjoy authentic Creole cuisine. Instead, you'll find the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks smack dab in the middle of Missouri when you dine at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina! If you close your eyes and take a bite of one of our many Cajun creations, your taste buds will have you thinking that you're sitting on Bourbon Street. 



Cajun Inspiration
Our talented chefs use only the most flavorful rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. You'll find all of the Creole cooking staples in our recipes - rice, sausages, seafood, and vegetables - alongside lots of other delicious ingredients, put together masterfully for your dining pleasure. 

There are amazing Cajun dishes throughout our entire menu, from appetizers to entrees, from sandwiches to side dishes, but one section in particular that exemplifies what we can do is our Bourbon Street Eats.


Bourbon Street Eats
These incredible entrees burst with flavor! Each is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad and your choice of French bread or corn muffins. 

Shrimp N Grits
Large shrimp sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms served over our homemade cheddar cheese and jalapeno grits. 

Easy Street Trio
You will love this sweet and spicy blush cream sauce with Andouille sausage, shrimp, and tender chicken served over fresh fettuccine. 

Chicken New Orleans
A blackened chicken breast sauteed with a trio of bell peppers and our Cajun cream sauce served over rice. 

Voodoo Chicken
A spicy, marinated, blackened chicken breast placed over a bed of sauteed onions, peppers, and rice. 


Cajun Alfredo
A mildly spiced Alfredo tossed with fresh fettuccine noodles. Enjoy it with the addition of chicken, shrimp, or a combination of the two.

Crab Cake Pasta
Two delicious handmade shrimp and lump blue crab cakes are placed on a bed of fresh fettuccine with delicious seafood cream sauce. 


Jambalaya
A Louisiana rice-based dish steamed in rich and subtle Cajun spices, Andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp. For even more flavor, try it "dirty" topped with red beans! 

Red Beans N Rice
This classic dish is seasoned to perfection and served with a link of Andouille sausage. 

Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee
Crawfish and shrimp smothered in a rich creamy etouffee sauce with Creole vegetables served over rice. 


New Orleans Medley
A plateful of our signature entrees: creamy crawfish etouffee, rich jambalaya, red beans & rice, and a half link of Andouille sausage. 

Smothered Catfish
A catfish filet served on a bed of rice and smothered in our crawfish etouffee. Enjoy your catfish either fried or blackened.


After reading about those fantastic creations, your stomach's bound to be rumbling and your mouth must be watering! Spend some time in the beautiful lake area enjoying the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks

This is just a sampling of the many options our menu holds for you, and we've got the drinks to go along with them. For example, our Cajun Bloody Mary is out of this world and in addition to the New Orleans classic Hurricane, we've got a long list of our own versions you've got to try at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar. We're open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Hopefully, we'll be seeing you real soon. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August's Best Live Music at the Lake of the Ozarks

We pride ourselves on bringing the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks to the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina stage all season long. This August, we've definitely lived up to the high standards we've set! Throughout the month you've got lots of chances to enjoy an incredible lakeside show while enjoying a few drinks and a delicious dinner. 




August Live Music 

Thursday, Aug. 8
Grayson Wood

Friday, Aug. 9
Dustin Clark

Saturday, Aug. 10
Dustin Clark

Tuesday, Aug. 13
Travis Marvin

Thursday, Aug. 15
Grayson Wood

Friday, Aug. 16
Art Bentley

Saturday, Aug. 17
Steven Moore

Tuesday, Aug. 20
Dustin Clark

Friday, Aug. 23
Art Bentley

Saturday, Aug. 24
Albert Castiglia

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Steven Moore

-LABOR DAY WEEKEND-
Friday, Aug. 30
Steven Moore

Saturday, Aug. 31
Grayson Wood

A Relaxing Lakeside Dinner
Music starts at 6:00 pm during the week and at 7:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. That's perfect timing for you to grab a seat and enjoy a delicious lakeside dinner of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks

Since you'll be thoroughly entertained, you may want to spread the meal out, ordering some appetizers to leisurely enjoy before ordering the main meal. Try to save room for dessert too and stick around even longer! For example, our Creole Quesadilla, Sweet Coconut Shrimp, and Crab Artichoke Dip are great starters. Follow that with a big plate of Crab Cake Pasta or Crawfish 'N' Shrimp Etouffee and finish with some Beignets. YUM! 



We also have a fully-stocked bar that creates the tastiest cocktails around, including our freshly muddled mojitos, signature hurricanes, Cajun Bloody Marys and refreshing frozen drinks. Sip a few cocktails and stick around to take in the gorgeous evening and awesome music!  



Whether you're traveling by land or by lake to our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, a relaxing, entertaining, and delicious time awaits you at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach. Mark your calendars now for the musicians you simply can't miss and we'll expect to see you real soon! 



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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Healing Box Project - Great Music & a Great Cause

The Healing Box Project is coming to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant this Saturday, August 3, 2019. Not only are you in for a fantastic night of live music at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina but also the chance to be a part of a wonderful program that spreads joy to veterans through music. 
Making a Difference With Music
Dave Dunklee and his wife CJ were watching Toby Keith on TV back in 2012 and he was asking for donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. They wanted to help out but after a little research found that some of the donations collected went to pay for administrative costs. The couple knew they could do better than that and set out to begin their own completely non-profit volunteer program where everything collected went directly to the veterans. 

They chose to help using their love of music. Dave was a musician for over 50 years, teaching music in public schools for 20 of those years and performing professionally with various bands throughout his life. He now uses that experience and skill to teach guitar to disabled veterans, putting a smile where often there hasn't been one for a very long time.   


photo from Veteran Program - The Healing Box Project Facebook page
The Healing Box Project
Dave and CJ decided the name "Healing Box Project" fit nicely coming from a relationship with relic guitars made from box crates or pieces of wooden boxes modified with a pole neck to which strings were attached. For the veterans, the healing begins with their first strum of a guitar. 

This program raises money to purchase guitars and supplies for soldiers to use. While monetary donations are helpful, donations of guitars that people may have lying around the house unused are much appreciated as well. 

Learning guitar helps the disabled veterans with their neurology, improves brain skills, and it takes away some of the stress related to coping with a life-changing injury. It also lets them feel like a part of something. Groups soon become friends and those friends quickly begin feeling like family. 


photo from Veteran Program - The Healing Box Project Facebook page
Catch the Concert
The Dunklees drive from the Lake of the Ozarks to Columbia every week to spend an entire day meeting with soldiers. Together the couple travels over 600 miles every month to make sure this project is a continued reality. 

In addition to teaching guitar, Dave still regularly performs as well. You can catch him all over the lake area entertaining, raising awareness, and accepting donations for the Healing Box Project. This Saturday, August 3, 2019, you can enjoy Dave's show at our waterfront Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks


photo from Veteran Program - The Healing Box Project Facebook page
If you can't make it out this weekend, you will find a schedule of upcoming concerts by visiting www.TheHealingBoxProject.org. You can send them a message or make a donation through their website. Another option is to make this your designated charity through the Amazon Smile Program. You can also reach out to Dave and CJ at 573-372-1234. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is very proud to be able to bring this wonderful project and incredible music to you. We hope to see everyone this Saturday!  


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesdays Rock (& Boil) at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

Every day is a great day to visit our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant, but on Tuesday nights, it's a little more special than usual. We don't need to wait for the weekend to plan a little fun. Every Tuesday at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina this summer join us for the Cajun cuisine you love... and more!



Crawfish Boil
In addition to our regular menu full of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, each Tuesday we also host a good old fashioned crawfish boil. We always throw a special crawfish boil for our annual anniversary party and everyone loves those so much, we've incorporated it into a weekly special! 

For just $20, you can order a bucket full of deliciousness! Each bucket will contain 10 shrimp, 10 crawfish, half on andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and French bread. Add one of our famous Hurricanes to the mix and settle in for a night of great lakeside music to go along with it all!



Signature Hurricanes
We've got a fully stocked bar able to create just about any drink you like, but with a Cajun meal sometimes you need a classic New Orleans cocktail to go with it. That's where our long list of incredible Hurricanes comes in. You'll find an original to rival any recipe you'd find in Louisiana plus a few more variations of our own that are equally as amazing. 

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, and 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.



Live Music 
Starting at 6:00 pm every Tuesday, you can enjoy some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. (You can experience amazing live music every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina too, but today we're focusing on our terrific Tuesdays! You can see a full live music schedule here.) 


July 30
Travis Marvis

August 6
Noe Palma

August 13
Travis Marvin

August 20
Dustin Clark

August27
Steven Moore


You are invited to join us at our Cajun waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks 7 days a week beginning with lunch at 11:00 am. When you're in the mood for a good old fashioned crawfish boil, then 1 day in particular needs to be on your calendar. Make sure you've got a few Tuesdays free to head on over and spend an awesome weeknight right here with us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina this summer! 


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's AquaPalooza Time at the Lake of the Ozarks!

One of the best annual boating events at the Lake of the Ozarks takes place at our sister restaurant in Osage Beach, Dog Days Bar & Grill. The event we're talking about happens to be the largest single-day boating event in the area - AquaPalooza 2019! 



A quick stop at the gas dock and C-store at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will stock you up on everything you need for an all-day concert on the water. If you prefer a more laid-back musical experience with a smaller crowd, you'll find more of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks right here on our own Shorty Pants stage. Either way, we've got your weekend entertainment covered! 

AquaPalooza 2019 at Dog Days
AquaPalooza is a FREE lakeside concert featuring 4 incredible bands. Hundreds of boats will fill the cove and thousands of people, both in the water and on dry land, will be there to experience this amazing annual event. 


The Details
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Noon-5:00 pm
19 MM
1232 Jeffries Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065



A great big stage is set up facing the lake where the entire cove will be filled with boats in the docks and tied up together beyond that. The water directly in front of the stage will be full of concert-goers floating in the water to enjoy the show. 

You can both see and hear the music from the restaurant and bar as well if you prefer to stay dry or want to chill out in their awesome pools instead. This year's entertainment includes:


Chris Weaver Band
SuperJam
Machine Gun Symphony
Dirt Road Addiction



Music at Shorty Pants
There's plenty of excitement here at our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks too. For those of you that want to enjoy a delicious meal, a few drinks, and some great music by the water but without thousands of people around you, join us instead. Even with a full restaurant, it will be considerably more laid back on this side of the lake this weekend! 



We showcase amazing music every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm and each Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm at Shorty Pants Lounge. With our performers starting in the evening, you could even attend AquaPalooza during the day and head on over to see us afterward! 

You can see a full Shorty Pants Lounge music schedule on our website. Here's what we've got planned for you through this weekend. 


Grayson Wood
Thursday, July 18

Dustin Clark
Friday, July 19 &
Saturday, July 20



Stock Up at Shorty Pants Marina
No matter where you decide to go this weekend, if you're heading out on the lake a trip to the best gas dock and marina at the Lake of the Ozarks should be your very first stop. Shorty Pants Marina is located at the 21 MM by water in Salt Hollow Cove (or just a short walk down the dock if you're dining at Shorty Pants Lounge!) 



Here you can gas up your watercraft at our full-service gas dock and stock up on all of your boating essentials. We pump 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuel. 

The C-store is stocked with ice, beer, package liquor, water, soft drinks, snacks, marine supplies, sunscreen, sunglasses, all kinds of cool Shorty Pants gear, and a LOT more. We house the cleanest restrooms on the lake and there are plenty of comfy seats out front if you want to sit and visit for a while.   



This weekend is definitely an exciting one to be in the lake area, but then again, it's pretty amazing around here every weekend! (Most of the weekdays as well!) Enjoy AquaPalooza 2019 if that's what you're here for and be sure to swing by and join us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina while you're in town. We'll have a seat waiting for you! 


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wraps, Tacos, & Nachos... Oh YUM!

The best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks is what Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is well-known for by local residents and visitors alike. It's not all Creole cuisine around here though. 

In addition to classic Cajun cooking, you'll find a magnificent selection of many different types of dishes on our menu. Quite a few of our menu items have a taste of that Cajun flair we're so good at but you can find some non-Cajun treats on there as well. As a prime example of both of those styles, today we're featuring our wonderful wraps and terrific tacos & nachos. 



Wraps
These flavorful wraps come with your choice of steamed white rice, honey-cider coleslaw, cottage cheese, or natural cut fries. You may also choose to upgrade to one of our many delicious signature sides instead. 

Shrimp BLT Wrap
Seasoned grilled shrimp, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Cajun mayo rolled in a sun-dried tomato wrap.

Chicken Caesar Wrap
A wheat tortilla wrapped around a Caesar salad featuring grilled chicken.

Turkey Avocado Wrap
Hickory-smoked turkey breast served in a wheat tortilla with avocado, avocado mayo, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar jack cheese.

Grilled Turkey Wrap
Lightly grilled turkey breast served in a wheat tortilla with bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar jack cheese, and ranch.  

Plantation Wrap
A meal wrapped up in a sun-dried tomato tortilla. Andouille sausage, Big Easy shrimp, and red beans & rice make this a full-bodied wrap. 



Tacos & Nachos
The savory ingredients we use to create these tacos and nachos are pure taste perfection. The only way you could possibly improve on the experience is by pairing them up with one of our magnificent margaritas! 

Shrimp & Grits Tacos
Our famous jalapeno grits under shrimp, Andouille sausage, bacon, and jalapeno lime sauce. 

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. It's all served up with our salsa and sour cream. This dish is available as either a full or half-order.  



What About Dessert?
After a plate full of any one of the delicious dishes above, it's going to be very difficult for you to leave any room for dessert. Even so, we've got a couple of very tempting dessert options that are definitely going to make you want to try. (You could always get a doggy bag for half of your dinner and enjoy a sweet treat while you're here!)  

Bananas Foster
Fresh bananas thickly sliced and sauteed in our Cruzan Black Strap Rum sauce and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. 

Chocolate Bayou Cobbler
A decadent Hershey's chocolate experience topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. A must try!

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. 



These are but a few of the many mouthwatering menu items waiting for you at our Cajun waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can see a full menu on the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina website or, better yet, come on by and get a look at one in person! Then you'll be that much closer to enjoying the menu item that looks best to you. (Then come back again later and try another one!) 



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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Amazing Live Music This July at the Lake of the Ozarks

July 2019 is here and with it comes an awesome holiday, a special anniversary party for Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks! Four nights a week we host the most amazing musicians on stage to entertain all of the wonderful guests at Shorty Pants. Here's a look at what we've got in store for you this month. 



4th of July
For Independence Day this year, we're keeping the party going throughout the weekend! Between fireworks displays, head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge to enjoy these terrific entertainers. 


Thursday, July 4
Steve Hunt

Friday, July 5
Art Bentley

Saturday, July 6
Steven Moore



Anniversary Crawfish Boil
For the next few Tuedays at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront Cajun restaurant & bar, we'll be hosting a crawfish boil offering plates full of crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn, and potatoes. As a special treat to celebrate another successful year at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm, that crawfish boil won't just be a plate full but all you can eat for just $20 per person

There will be some great specials being offered on our famous Hurricanes too. For your listening pleasure, You'll also be treated to a lake area favorite musician. 


Tuesday, July 9
Travis Marvin



More Live Music in July
After all of that excitement, we've got even more amazing live music coming your way throughout July. On weekdays the shows start at 6:00 pm and on the weekend music begins at 7:00 pm


Thursday, July 11
Grayson Wood

Friday, July 12
Shawn C

Saturday, July 13
Grayson Wood

Tuesday, July 16
Steven Moore

Thursday, July 18
Grayson Wood

Friday, July 19
Dustin Clark

Saturday, July 20
Dustin Clark

Tuesday, July 23
Steven Moore

Thursday, July 25
Grayson Wood

Friday, July 26
Art Bentley

Saturday, July 27
Grayson Wood

Tuesday, July 30
Travis Marvin


Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks

You can come into our lakeside restaurant & bar Lake of the Ozarks 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am to enjoy the best Cajun food & drinks you've ever tasted. We're here for lunch, dinner, midday snacks, before-meal appetizers, after-dinner treats... You get the idea. 

Four nights a week you can also join us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina for amazing entertainment while you enjoy our menu full of delicious choices. Whether you're hungry for food or some fantastic music, we can take care of both of those cravings masterfully!  


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