Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rave Reviews From Recent Guests at Shorty Pants Lounge

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina serves up the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we don't expect you to take our word for it. Fortunately, there are lots of places online where our diners can leave unbiased reviews about their experience here with us, and today we've got a few of them to share with you.

"Love this restaurant. I'm from Louisiana. We tried this place after hearing good things. We were not disappointed. The food was fabulous. Great portions. Server was friendly and attentive. We definitely will be back soon."
~Sabrina Smith, Google review

"I and my husband love Shorty Pants! There is not a restaurant in Missouri that compares to the selection and quality of Cajun food! Crab Cakes for a starter is a must. The Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee was too die for. My Skinny Margarita was delicious. We have been twice now. Each time the food, atmosphere, and service are excellent. Our favorite restaurant at the Lake. The best selection of Cajun food in Missouri!"
~Kelly Lehn Petree-Hees, Facebook review

"Amazing cajun food! I was here for a weekend in the off season (fall) but stumbled upon this place and was very pleased. Our waitress was super sweet and even gave us a guidebook of local places to hike! The food itself was great! I had the shrimp po'boy with cornbread and candied bourbon carrots. Get the carrots and the cornbread! They were so good! The menu is pretty big and everything sounded very good. The portions were large so everything was a great value. If you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area I highly recommend this place!"
~Jesse G, Yelp review

"Shorty Pants is heavy on the atmosphere with open-air dining right on the lake. Beer is cold, apps are plentiful and the Cajun food is quite good. I'd highly suggest it if you want something that feels like the lake but has a different flavor."
~Zach S, TripAdvisor review

"Delicious lake view dining. Get the crab cakes and you will not regret it! I do not like seafood, and I devoured the crab cakes. Delicious!"
~Rochella B, TripAdvisor review

"We stopped here last night after hearing good things. They did not disappoint. The wait was short. The service was quick. We had delicious Cajun food. Being Cajun myself it's hard to eat Cajun food out and be pleased, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you haven't tried this place yet, you should. Can't wait to go back!"
~Sabrina Smith, Facebook review

"We loved the ambiance and food was amazing. We haven't been to the lake in a couple years. So, this was a pleasant surprise. If you like Cajun food then this is the place to try at the lake. Jessie was our waitress and she was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very attentive. We will certainly come back. Thank you!"
~Maryann V, Yelp review

"This is a cool spot on the lake, the staff was friendly and attentive. The Cajun menu was excellent, unfortunately, the weather was cold and drizzling but it seems they have plenty of outdoor seating with nice views. I am coming back in the summer."
~Goalsman, TripAdvisor review

What do you think? We hope that the enjoyable experiences that these diners had at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant have given you the incentive to come on in and give us a try for yourself. A brand new exciting and delicious season is well underway here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we're excited to be able to share it with you! 

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Seafood & Steak - It's What's For Dinner!

There are lots of different choices to pick from when you dine at our waterfront Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, so no matter what you're in the mood for, there will be something on our menu that sounds delicious. If you happen to have a craving for savory seafood and succulent steak, something from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's "Signature Entrees" menu may be just the thing to satisfy those cravings. 

Signature Entrees
We've already gone over our "Bourbon Street Eats" menu in a previous blog, which is an incredible collection of dinner choices with Cajun flair. You'll find a touch of that Creole inspiration in some of these dishes, but our Signature Entrees lean more toward highlighting the amazing flavors you expect from only the best seafood and steak. 

Each entree is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad, French bread or cornbread, and your choice of one side dish. A big, delicious meal fit to satisfy even the biggest hunger.   

Surf and Turf
Our famous center cut filet paired with one world-famous crab cake and seafood cream sauce.

Black Jack Filet
Our blackened 7-oz. filet topped with house-made Jack Daniels steak sauce, bacon, mushrooms, and sauteed onions. 

Filet Mignon
A 7-oz. center cut filet seasoned perfectly, grilled to your liking, and topped with roasted garlic butter. It also tastes incredible blackened. 

Fried Shrimp Dinner
7 jumbo shrimp hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown, served with our Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. These shrimp taste great blackened too. 

Catfish Dinner
2 hand-breaded catfish filets fried to a golden brown and served with house-made tartar sauce. If you like, try it blackened instead. 

12-oz. Ribeye
Certified Angus beef marbled to perfection, seasoned, and grilled to temperature. 

Blackened Ribeye
A huge 12-oz. ribeye seasoned and cooked to perfection in our cast iron skillet.

That choice of a side dish that we mentioned above adds to the overall amazing taste that our kitchen is famous for creating. We have a list of scrumptious side dishes worthy of pairing with any meal, and we also have some signature side dishes that are available with your entree for a small additional charge. 

Side Dishes
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Fried Okra
  • Honey-Cider Coleslaw
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Natural Cut Curly Fries
  • Fruit Cup
Signature Side Dishes
  • Dirty Jambalaya
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Sweet Bourbon Carrots
  • Cheddar Jalapeno Grits
  • Baked Potato
  • Corn Bread Basket

Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily
Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar is open 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am. You can come in early in the day for lunch, later in the evening for dinner, or any time in between for a delicious bite to eat and maybe a refreshing cocktail. We're happy to have the chance to hang out with you any time of day here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Hopefully, we'll be seeing you soon... and often! 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

The Best Gas Dock & Marina at the Lake of the Ozarks

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has three great things going for it. Shorty Pants Lounge consists of an incredible Cajun-inspired bar and restaurant on the lake, we have 2 amazing vacation rental houses on-site available year-round, and Shorty Pants Marina is the best marina & gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. No matter whether you're looking to fill up your boat or fill up your body, we can take care of it all! 


Gas Dock
Located at the 21MM by water in Salt hollow Cove, Shorty Pants Marina has everything you need for an amazing day out on the Lake of the Ozarks. Come in early and gas up your watercraft for the day. We carry 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuels, and our friendly dock girls and guys will be on hand to help you fill up. 

The C-store carries boating supplies, both to keep it running and for fun boating activities. Oil, fuel stabilizers, watersport flags, and much more can be found inside the convenience store at our gas dock.  

Dock Slips
We've even got some great dock slips for rent so that you have a safe place to park your boat or PWC while you're off the water. There are a total of 35 covered slips at Shorty Pants Marina, ranging in sizes 14x36 up to 20x56, as well as PWC slips. You can call 573-302-1004 for more details and to check availability. Additional marina amenities include:

  • Gated parking
  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Electric
  • Free Ice
  • Gas Discounts


Snacks & Drinks
If you're spending the entire day on the lake (and why wouldn't you?) you're going to need something to eat and drink to keep your energy high while you're out there. Our C-store carries all kinds of yummy snacks to enjoy, plus we also sell package liquor, as well as the ice to keep it cold and fill your coolers with. 

Don't worry if you've forgotten to pack an important item, because there's a good chance we've got it for you in our C-store. You'll find bottle openers, toilet paper, sunscreen, Dramamine, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste, chapstick, floating key rings, and lots more. No need to cancel your trip, just check our shelves for what you need!   

Cool Gear
We've also got a wonderful variety of cool stuff to wear. You'll definitely want some of our Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina hats, t-shirts, or sweatshirts for a souvenir. There are also bottle and can koozies, plus sunglasses, which are an absolute necessity out on the water. (Those tend to get lost in the lake often, so you might want to pick up an extra pair!)   

A Break From the Water
As amazing as an entire day out on the water is, sometimes it's nice to get a little break on dry land before heading back out. Just up the dock from our marina is the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy a lunch or dinner, a lakeside cocktail, and maybe even some of that incredible live music that graces the stage. 

Down here on our gas dock, you'll also find picnic tables, rockers, and lounge chairs to sit in and rest a spell. We always have free coffee waiting for you, free popsicles for the kiddos, and free treats for your boating dogs. Our resident dock dog, Oscar, will make sure you all feel right at home. Also, we boast the cleanest restrooms on the lake, so if you don't have a boat with a restroom on it, this is the best place for a pit stop. 

Shorty Pants Lounge gives you the waterfront dining experience you want, and Shorty Pants Marina helps to make your time out on the water the best it can be. The next time you're cruising around the lake, take the time to stop by the best gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll make sure you're all set for a memorable time on the lake! 

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Our Amazing Appetizers Are a Great Way to Start Any Meal

The "Starters" portion of the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina menu is filled with appetizers that are the perfect "start" to any meal. Of course, the servings are large and the flavor is huge, so rather than sharing a plate with friends before lunch or dinner, you may want to order an appetizer for just yourself as your main meal. 

Either way, your visit to our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks will be deliciously satisfying when one (or more) of these tasty appetizers are a part of your order.   

Creole Quesadilla
Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp are the staples, and the added pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers and onions bring the flavor. 

Smoked Wings
Our house-smoked wings are served original, extra hot, garlic parmesan, or barbecue and come in orders of 5, 10, 20, or 30.

Brie and Fruit Platter

Brie cheese, grapes, and sliced apples served with a fresh baguette and apricot jalapeno jelly. 

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

Turbodog Queso
Our house-made spicy cheese sauce gets its full-bodied flavor from Louisiana's Abita Turbodog beer. Served with tortilla chips.

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, served with our salsa and sour cream. 

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

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

Crab Cakes
2 handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp in our seafood cream sauce. 

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

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

Sweet Coconut Shrimp
Sweet coconut and crunchy frosted flakes combined send these huge gulf shrimp over the top! Served with a sweet raspberry sauce. 

Peel and Eat Shrimp
Large shrimp spice-boiled and served with our own bloody mary cocktail sauce. 

Big Easy Shrimp
Large gulf shrimp sauteed in Budweiser, rosemary, butter, and a zesty lemon sauce.

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

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

Yes, the Beignets are both on our appetizer and dessert menus,, but that's because they're so incredibly delicious, all of us here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina wanted to make sure you had a chance to order them before you filled up on the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. (Shoot, if you want to have them both before and after your meal, we won't tell!) 

You can enjoy all of the fantastic items on our menu 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am. Come on in for lunch, dinner, a midday snack, or simply to enjoy a cocktail or two next to our amazing lake viewWhateveren you're in the mood for, we're here to make it happen! 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spend Your Spring Break at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

The best waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is open for our 2018 season 7 days a week at 11:00 am! Many of you have some "Spring Break" time coming up soon, and today we've got a few wonderful reasons why you should spend that time right here with us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

Comfortable Dining - Indoors & Out
No matter what type of weather Mother Nature decides to bring for spring break, it won't stop you from enjoying the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks! If it's sunny and gorgeous, which is what we always hope for, there is lots of seating overlooking that gorgeous lake view. 

Rain is always a possibility in the spring. After all, we can't have those beautiful spring colors on the trees unless some rain falls. That's never a problem at Shorty Pants because we've also got plenty of seating inside, as well as a fully stocked bar to belly up to. For those pleasant yet chilly evenings, we can even light up the outdoor fireplace under our covered patio. 

Awesome Kids' Menu
If your spring break involves a younger set of children, you'll have no problem finding something delicious to eat for everyone in the family. We've got a kids' menu that even the most finicky diner will love, and you can still enjoy all of the amazing adult meals we have on our extensive menu, like Crab Cake Pasta, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, Po Boys, Ribeyes, and more. For the little ones, we've got:

  • Shorty Burger - A quarter pounder, with or without cheese
  • Shorty Pasta - Served with either red sauce or Alfredo sauce
  • Chicken Tenders - Fresh chicken tenders hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown
  • Grilled Cheese - White and American cheese melted together on white bread 
  • Shorty Mini Corn Dogs

Fully Stocked Marina, Gas Dock, & C-store
A short walk down the dock off of Shorty Pants Lounge brings you to Shorty Pants Marina. As long as you have a light jacket or sweatshirt to put on just in case (we have some great ones for sale!) spring is a wonderful time to get out on the water. It's not too crowded yet, like in mid-summer, and the scenery you'll see is simply breathtaking. 

Our marina carries everything that you could possibly need for an awesome day out on the lake. You can get fuel for your boat, as well as fuel (aka- snacks, drinks, package liquor, ice, etc...) for your crew. You'll also find sunglasses, hats, toiletries, boat supplies, and much more. 

If you'll be bringing a boat or PWC to the lake area and need a place to park it, we also have covered dock slips for rent. You can call us at 573-302-1004 to check availability and find out about all of the incredible amenities that come along with your dock slip rental. 

The Perfect Place to Stay
You'll need a place to "park" your body too, and we can even help you out with that! We own 2 of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks, and they are available all year long. During spring break, the lake isn't too crowded yet, but a lot of places are already open for the season, so you can have lots of fun without lots of people getting in your way.

Our rental houses are set up to feel like a home away from home, and they are perfect for both families to enjoy or even a big group of your buddies wanting to get away together. Each house has an incredible lake view and is only a short walk down the driveway away from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. 

They both have full kitchens, incredible decks, a BBQ grill, and a washer/dryer, just to name a few of the amenities. The Glass House can hold up to 8 guests, and the Red House can accommodate up to 16 people. Check availability, view photos of the houses, and book your stay online from the front page of the Shorty Pants website.

Spring is a magical time at the lake, and when you stay next door to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant, you don't have to travel far once you're here to have a great time! When you begin making your spring break plans, make sure that they include a visit to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach! 

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bourbon St. Eats in the Middle of the Lake of the Ozarks!

You may be surprised to find out that you can enjoy the rich, savory recipes of New Orleans right here in mid-Missouri. The Lake of the Ozarks has the best Cajun restaurant outside of Louisiana, and you can enjoy it lakeside all season long. 

Cajun Inspired Cooking
Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina uses rubs and spices direct from Louisiana in our cooking, giving it the flavor you'd expect if you visited the French Quarter in person. Cajun food is a style of cooking that could be classified as a rustic cuisine. The French-speaking Acadian people that made New Orleans their home many years ago created fantastic recipes using ingredients that were easy to find in the region.

Some of the staples used in Cajun include rice, sausages, seafood, and vegetables. You'll find amazing dishes throughout our extensive menu containing these ingredients. The Bourbon Street Eats section of the menu is rich with them, and it's a great place to start your Midwestern Cajun flavor journey. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks, Cajun food

Each of these dishes is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad and your choice of French bread or cornbread. 

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

Cajun Alfredo
A mildly spiced Alfredo tossed with fresh fettuccine noodles. Chicken, shrimp, or a combination of both can be added if you like. 

Voodoo Chicken
A Spicy marinara blackened chicken breast is placed over a bed of sauteed onions, peppers, and rice. 

Smothered Catfish
A catfish filet served on a bed of rice, smothered in our Crawfish Etoufee. The catfish can be prepared fried or blackened. 

A Louisiana rice-based dish steeped in rich and subtle spices along with Andouille sausage, smoked chicken, and shrimp. This dish can also be served "dirty." 

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

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

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

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

Shrimp 'N' Grits
Large shrimp sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms and served over our homemade Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno Grits. 

New Orleans Medley
A plateful of our signature entrees; creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and a half link of our Andouille sausage.  

Is your mouth watering yet? You don't have to plan a trip to New Orleans to experience incredible Cajun cooking. Instead, head on over to our waterfront restaurant and bar at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Bourbon Street Eats portion of our menu is just the beginning of the wonderful Cajun flavors we have in store for you, plus you'll find plenty of non-Cajun dishes that are equally as delicious. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has something tasty for everyone in the family. Join us soon for lunch or dinner and find out for yourself! 

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We're Back & Bringing All of Your Lake of the Ozarks Cajun Favorites!

This Friday, March 9, 2018, at 11:00 am, the long winter's wait for the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks will finally be over! That's when we'll be opening the doors for another exciting season at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we want you to join us! Most of you already know what to expect, but if you haven't had the pleasure of joining us in the past, here is what we will have waiting for you. 

Amazin' Cajun and More
Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant is famous for the unbelievable Cajun creations that come out of our kitchen. Using rubs and spices direct from Louisiana, if you close your eyes you'll think you're sitting in the middle of New Orleans rather than lakeside in Mid-Missouri! Some of our most popular Cajun dishes include our World Famous Crab Cakes, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Quesadilla, Po Boys, and Jambalaya. 

Of course, we also offer lots of traditional favorites without the added Cajun twist on our extensive menu too. You'll find prime rib burgers, savory steaks, fresh salads, delicious seafood, incredible sandwiches and wraps, and even a kids' menu the little ones can't resist. There is plenty of seating both outside by the water and indoors in our smoke-free dining room, so there's a great place to be, no matter what that day's weather may bring. 

Delicious Drinks
If you're in the mood for a cocktail to enjoy along with your meal, or if you simply want to sip and stare at that gorgeous lake view, our bartenders know how to mix a legendary drink! The Cajun Bloody Marys and muddled Mojitos are always a favorite, and we feature those frozen drinks that everyone loves in the summer. You will also be able to enjoy the coldest beer in town and a wonderful selection of wines to choose from.  

Live Entertainment
The best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks can be heard from our outdoor stage. You will find a wonderful mix of soothing sounds to enjoy during dinner and on into a lovely lake night along with bands that will have you on the dance floor all evening long. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 2018 schedule, but we'll have it up on the "Events" page of our website very soon. 

Marina & C-Store
Shorty Pants Marina is the best gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to fuel, the fully stocked convenience store offers everything you might need for a day out on the water. They carry boat supplies such as oil, flags, and more, plus you can also pick up snacks, soft drinks, package liquor, suntan lotion, sunglasses, hats, koozies, and shirts, just to name a portion of what they have in store. When you stop by, we'll even have rocking and lounge chairs for you to relax in, free coffee, free dog treats, and free popsicles for the kiddos!

If you are looking for a place to park your boat or jet ski while you're in the lake area, our marina has 35 covered slips sized from 14x36 to 20x56, as well as PWC slip rentals. If you are interested in renting one of our remaining slips, give us a call at 573-302-1004Amenities included with your slip rental include:

  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Free WiFi, Electric, and Ice
  • Gas Discounts
  • Gated Parking
  • Cleanest Restrooms on the Lake

A Perfect Place to Stay
Not only can we fuel both you and your watercraft, but we can also offer you a place to stay with two of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. They are located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, so joining us for fun is only a short walk away. 

Both vacation rental houses have an amazing lake view, plus all the comforts of home for groups both large and small. They each feature gorgeous decks, a full kitchen, a BBQ grill, washer and dryer, and spacious areas for everyone to enjoy. You can check availability and book a vacation house online direclty through our website, or visit and type in the house's listing number. (the Glass House: 825630vb, and the Red House: 830216vb) Both options offer more details and photos of each house. 
The Glass House features 1,500 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 8 guests comfortably. There are 2 queen size beds, 1 full bed, and a sleeper sofa in the living room, plus 2 bathrooms.  

The Red House offers 3,400 square feet to enjoy and can house up to 16 guests. There are 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in this beauty, plus another 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom "Love Shack" not connected to the main property. 

We sincerely hope that you are able to join us for Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's opening weekend beginning this Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11 am. If you can't, don't worry because after that we will be open 7 days a week at 11:00 am well into next fall. That gives you plenty of chances to visit the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks many times in the coming months, and we can't wait to see you! 

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