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. 

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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! 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Our July Music Lineup & Your 4th of July Boating Headquarters

The 4th of July falls on a Wednesday this year, so we expect people to be celebrating the weekend before, the weekend after, and the entire week in between at the best Cajun waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! We do our best to make your visit to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina a memorable one each time that you stop by. The delicious food & drinks are a big part of that, and so is our incredible entertainment lineup. 

Our outdoor stage is home to some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here is what we have planned for you in July. Music begins at 6 pm on Tuesdays and 7 pm on the weekends.  

Tuesday, 7/3
Steven Moore

Friday, 7/6
Andrew Stratman

Saturday, 7/7
Grayson Wood

Tuesday, 7/10
Noe Palma

Friday, 7/13
Travis Marvin

Saturday, 7/14
Travis Marvin

Tuesday, 7/17
The New Leftovers

Friday, 7/20
Tanner Lee

Saturday, 7/21
Andrew Stratman

Tuesday, 7/24
Noe Palma

Friday 7/27
Joe Runyon

Saturday, 7/28
Joe Runyon

Tuesday, 7/31
Dustin Clark

Shorty Pants Marina
Shorty Pants Lounge is here to feed and entertain you while you are in the lake area, and a very short walk down our dock takes you to the best gas dock & marina at the Lake of the Ozarks, complete with a C-store filled with everything you need for an exciting day out on the lake. 

If you're looking for a place to park your boat or jet ski while you're in town, Shorty Pants Marina has 35 covered slips that can be rented, available in sizes 14x36 up to 20x56, plus some PWC slip rentals too. If you are interested, please call 573-302-1004 for more details and to check availability. Amenities for our marina guests include: 

  • showers
  • washer/dryer
  • free WiFi
  • free electric
  • free ice
  • gas discounts
  • gated parking 

Our full-service gas dock pumps 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuel. There are lounge chairs and picnic tables outside for you to take a break in while you're here, and inside, the C-store has a little bit of everything. You'll find boating supplies, ice, soft drinks, package liquor, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, cool Shorty Pants gear, and a LOT more. Inside we also house the cleanest restrooms at the lake, making us an even more perfect pit stop while you're out and about cruising the water.  

See You Soon!
Whether you're swinging by for a short break from the water, heading our way for lunch or dinner, or enjoying a few cocktails lakeside while listening to our fantastic live music, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is a stop you need to make while you're in the lake area for the 4th of July or anytime this summer. We always have a good time while we're here, and it's our goal to make sure that all of our guests are having a great time too. We can't wait to welcome you to our place!   

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Wonderful Wraps, Tacos, and Savory Salads From Shorty Pants

It's officially summertime at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant, which means the warm days are going to be getting hotter. When the temperatures rise, sometimes you feel like eating a little lighter. The savory salads at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are the perfect dishes to keep it light while still satisfying your hunger. Our wonderful wraps and tacos fit the bill nicely too. Either way that you go, you know you will be making an excellent choice! 

Some people think of salads as a side dish that you eat before a big meal. This is true in some cases, but the salads we are talking about today are satisfying meals on their own. Full of fresh, filling ingredients, these aren't your typical salads but rather something much, much more impressive.  

Caesar Salad
Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed with our own Caesar dressing, croutons, and Parmesan cheese. For a bit more, add grilled chicken or blackened shrimp! 

Ahi Tuna Salad
A 6-oz. sesame encrusted Sashimi grade tuna filet cooked to your liking and served over fresh spring mix with feta cheese and heirloom tomatoes and served with our house remoulade dressing. The tuna also tastes great blackened. 

Cobb Salad
The king of salads! A platter of fresh spinach and spring mix topped with smoked ham and turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cheddar and Provel cheese.

Blackened Salad
Blackened strips of beef tenderloin or chicken with bacon, tomatoes, and bleu cheese crumbles over a bed of fresh greens, served with our Cajun bleu cheese dressing. 

Summer Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach, apple slices, grapes, and heirloom tomatoes topped with grilled chicken and served with our house raspberry balsamic dressing. 

These incredible wraps come with your choice of a side dish, or you can choose to upgrade to one of our signature sides for a small additional charge. Last, but certainly not least, this list is closed out by a taco that will truly blow your mind! 

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

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

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

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. 

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

If you're craving something on the lighter side, any one of the Shorty Pants Lounge menu items above will satisfy your hunger. Of course, we've also got an extensive menu filled with American favorites and the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks too. No matter what you're hungry for, we'll take care of you nicely! 

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is Fun For the Whole Family!

Our family-friendly waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has a little something for everyone in the family, no matter how young or old (aka - young-at-heart) they may be! With Father's Day right around the corner (Sunday, June 17, 2018) this is the perfect time to load the whole family in the car or boat and make your way on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. If you need a little convincing, the following reasons should do it! 

Wide Variety of Delicious Food
Even though we are best known for serving the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, our extensive menu is not limited to just that style of food. If you are a Creole cuisine fan, you'll be excited to discover our Famous Crab Cakes, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, Jambalaya, Po Boy Sandwiches, and much, much more. 

For the rest of you, there are plenty of delicious dishes without that particular influence, such as our Steak 'N' Cheese Sandwich, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Ahi Tuna Salad, Specialty Burgers, Steaks, Catfish, and a lot more. We also have an awesome kids' menu featuring burgers, pasta, chicken tenders, mini corn dogs, grilled cheese, pulled pork, and even frozen Jolly Rancher Slushies.    

Lakeside Seating
We are conveniently located at the 21 MM in Osage Beach so you can reach us both by land and by water. Once you get here, we've got lots of seating on the outside deck featuring a spectacular lake view. If you have a few extra fries left over, you can even toss them to the giant fish that love to hang out around our dock. 

Of course, if you've been outside all day already and need a little break from the sun, you'll find lots of tables inside too, with room for families of every size. The indoor dining room is air-conditioned and smoke-free. Very comfortable on a hot spring or summer day! (On the colder fall days too!)  

Full-Service Gas Dock & Marina
Just a short walk down the dock takes you to the best gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. The C-Store at Shorty Pants Marina has everything you could possibly need for a fun day out on the water, including sunglasses, sunscreen, package liquor, snacks, soft drinks, boating supplies, and a lot more. They also pump fuel for your watercraft in 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel. 

Have a seat in a lounge chair on the dock while we fill you up and enjoy free popsicles for the kiddos, free coffee, free dog treats, and the cleanest restrooms at the Lake of the Ozarks. We've even got covered dock slips available to rent if you need a place to park your boat or jet ski while you're in town. Call 573-302-1004 for additional details on those or to check availability.    

A Place to Stay  
In addition to offering places to park your watercraft, we've got two of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to park your bodies in if you're joining us from out of town. We have the Glass House, which can accommodate up to 8, and the Red House, which can hold up to 16. Many dates are already booked, but we do still have some availability throughout the summer and into the fall. These rentals are right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, so you're always close to all of the fun!  

Memories Are Waiting To Be Made
Last, but certainly not least, our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is an excellent spot to make lots of fantastic memories for your family to cherish for many years to come. We'll do all of the cooking and cleanup while you simply enjoy each other's company, catching up with each other. 

You can listen to some live music, feed the fish, visit Oscar the dock dog at the gas dock, watch the lake traffic go by, and of course, enjoy an incredible lunch or dinner. The next time you're looking for something fun to do with the family, bring them all to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. You are all going to love it here! 

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Our Amazing Burgers and the Savory Side Dishes to Enjoy With Them

A big, hearty burger is a dish that always seems to hit the spot. If you're searching for the best burgers at the Lake of the Ozarks, then look no further than Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina! Sure, we're most widely known for our delicious Cajun cuisine, but our chefs know how to make an amazing burger too! 

The most important part of any burger is the meat itself, and we prepare ours using the very best ground beef available. Once you have the perfect burger, it becomes truly unique when you begin adding all sorts of toppings to it. You are welcome to come up with our own burger creation with the many toppings we have listed below, or you can choose one of the following scrumptious recipes from our menu. 

Specialty Burgers 

The Bill Burger
Two certified Angus beef patties cooked on the griddle, topped with American cheese and grilled onions.

Bacon Cheddar Burger
Our hickory-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese get this burger poppin'. Served with lettuce, tomato, and onion. 

Jack Daniels Burger
A delicious combo of certified Angus beef and Jack's famous Tennessee whiskey served on Asiago Focaccia bread. 

Baja Burger
Our blackened classic burger topped off with pepper jack cheese and jalapenos. 

Black and Bleu Burger
Our blackened classic burger topped with bleu cheese crumbles.

Salt Hollow Burger
Our certified Angus burger served your way. 

Burger toppings that can be added to your sandwiches include:

  • Cheese
    • Swiss
    • Cheddar
    • Provolone
    • Pepper Jack
    • Feta
    • Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Onions
  • Sauteed Green Peppers
  • Jalapenos

The Shorty Burger
This quarter-pound burger is made especially for our youngest diners and can be found on our kid's menu. It is served with a kid-sized drink and a choice of one side dish. 

Savory Side Dishes
Perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a hearty midday snack, the burgers at our  Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant are sure to please. As if one of our hearty burgers wasn't enough, each also comes with your choice of a side dish, or you can upgrade to a signature side for a small additional charge. A burger and fries is a classic, but if you're feeling adventurous, you may want to try one of the following sides instead next time.  

Side Dishes
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Honey-Cider Coleslaw
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Natural Cut Fries

Signature Side Dishes
  • Dirty Jambalaya
    Our famous jambalaya topped with red beans.
  • Red Beans and Rice
    Slow-cooked with Andouille sausage, Tasso, and vegetables served over white rice. 
  • Vegetable Medley
    Zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, mushrooms, baby corn, and sliced carrots.
  • Cajun Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes
    Minced jalapeno, bacon, Andouille sausage, and cheddar cheese broiled to perfection.
  • Fried Okra
    Sweet breaded okra fried golden brown.
  • Sweet Bourbon Carrots
    Sliced carrots sauteed with honey, pecans, and smooth Kentucky bourbon.
  • Cheddar Jalapeno Grits
    Creamy stone ground grits with cheddar cheese and jalapenos.
  • Corn Bread Muffin Basket
    Four muffins of sweet cornbread served with honey and butter. 
  • Fruit Cup
    Fresh grapes and sliced apples.
  • Baked Potato
    Load it with your choice of bacon, cheese, or sour cream for 60¢ each.
  • Sweet Potato Fries

We have an extensive menu full of all kinds of delicious dishes, but if you find yourself craving an amazing burger, head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Those, as well as our fantastic Creole cuisine, are meals that are fully satisfying and worth telling your friends about! (Heck, don't just tell them, bring them along with you!) 

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Incredible Live Music This June at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

The best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks can be heard every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday this June from the outdoor lakeside stage of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina! Incredibly talented musicians seem to find their way to the Midwest in droves, and we've got the best of them entertaining our crowds this season. Here's who we have in store for you in June at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar.  

Friday, 6/1
Grayson Wood

Saturday, 6/2
The New Leftovers

Tuesday, 6/5
Steven Moore

Friday, 6/8
Tanner Lee

Saturday, 6/9
Andrew Stratman

Tuesday, 6/12
Steven Moore

Friday, 6/15
Joe Runyon

Saturday, 6/16
Joe Runyon

Tuesday, 6/19
Noe Palma

Friday, 6/22
Steven Moore

Saturday, 6/23
Grayson Wood

Tuesday, 6/26
Steven Moore

Friday, 6/29
Travis Marvin

Saturday, 6/30
The New Leftovers

You can grab a lakeside seat and order a plate full of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks along with one of our famous Hurricanes and listen to the sweet sounds of these talented musicians. In addition to the draw of the live music, there are some other exciting events happening around the lake area in June. 

The Lake Race, plus all of the events surrounding it, take place during the first few days of the month, and our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, is hosting its always-popular Canine Cannonball June 8-10. Father's Day is June 17 (and we hear dads love Cajun food!) The Lake of the Ozarks is hosting this year's Can-Am Police-Fire Games June 25-July 1, and the Support Our Troops Poker Run is happening on June 29.  

Need a Place to Stay?
If you are coming to enjoy all of these awesome events from out of town, you're going to need a place to stay while you're here. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has two of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks right next to the restaurant and marina. A lot of dates are already booked for the summer, but we do still have some dates open. You can check availability and book your stay online for the Red House and the Glass House through the links in this blog or on the home page of our website. 

If you miss out on our awesome rentals, you might be able to book Dog Days Bar & Grill's brand new luxury vacation rental. It's new on the market, but since it is sitting right next to the Dog, that gorgeous property is getting booked up quickly for the summer too! 

June is going to be incredible and the perfect warm-up to get us ready for an amazing month of July! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is looking forward to another fantastic season here at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we're excited to experience it with you. 

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