Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Tastiest Stop on the Lake Bikefest Passport Ride - Shorty Pants Lounge!

Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks 2020 has arrived and will last from Wednesday, September 16 through Sunday, September 20. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is once again very excited to be a part of this exciting annual event. When you're ready to take a break from riding, head on over to our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for a delicious bite to eat, a refreshing, ice-cold drink, and a stamp on your Lake Bikefest passport. 

2020 Bikefest Passport Ride

Not only can you get the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks at Shorty Pants Lounge, but you can also get a stamp for the 2020 Bikefest Passport Ride while you're here. The Passport Ride is one of the many fun events taking place throughout the week. 

The best part about this particular event, besides getting a chance to explore the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, is that it gives you the chance to win a new 2019 Harley-Davidson FLHP Road King Police Motorcycle! 

You can purchase a passport at any one of this year's 24 stops for a $20 donation. (Find a full list of stops and a map by visiting The ride will begin at 11 am on Wednesday, September 16, and end on Sunday, September 20 at noon sharp. Once you have collected all of your stamps, the passport must be turned in at the "Official Passport Booth" located in the vendor village at the Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson Shop in Osage Beach no later than 12:00 pm on Sunday and a winner will be drawn at 1:00 pm. 

Of course, if you get done early, you're welcome to drop completed passports off earlier than that. Passports will be accepted during the following hours:  
  • Wednesday, 9/16:  11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, 9/17:  9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 9/18:  9:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 9/19:  9:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Sunday, 9/20:  10:00 am-12:00 pm
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Our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, will be on-site at the Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson Dealership when you drop off your passport. In addition to serving food and drinks there in the vendor village, they'll also have a stage full of live music set up for your entertainment all week long.

  • Wed. 9/16: Justin Larkin, 3-7 pm
  • Thu. 9/17: Justin Larkin, 11 am-3pm & Super Jam Duo, 3-7 pm
  • Fri. 9/18: Phillip Twitchell, 11 am-3 pm & Johnny Henry, 3-7 pm
  • Sat. 9/19: Molly Lovette, 11 am-3 pm & Dazed & Confused, 3-7 pm
  • Sun. 9/20: Skin & Bones

Pit Stop at Shorty Pants

Since every single stop must be marked on your Lake Bikefest Passport before it can be turned in for the grand prize, we know that we'll be seeing you at some point during the week. Here's a quick peek at what's in store for you when you do swing by. (You're going to want to time your stop at our Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks when you know you'll be good and hungry!)

In addition to authentic Cajun cuisine like Jambalaya, Crawfish & Shrimp Etoufee, and Po Boys, you'll also find burgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, salads, and a whole lot more. Whether you're in the mood for a quick snack or a full, hearty meal, we've got you covered!

Shorty Pants Marina & C-Store is just a short walk down the dock too, in case you need to stock up on anything for your visit to the lake area. There you'll find snacks, drinks, ice, package liquor, sunglasses, suntan lotion, souvenirs, and more.

Our lakeside restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks opens daily at 11:00 am. We're looking forward to seeing all of you during Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks this year and please, come back after Bikefest too. Our season still has quite a few great weeks left before it is over!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Shorty Pants Lounge Voted "Best Cajun Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks 2020!"

While we claim to be the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, our personal opinion may be a bit biased. That's why it's so wonderful to hear that other people, those that don't work here, agree with that statement! 

Every year Lake Lifestyles Magazine asks the community to vote on all of their favorite lake area businesses in a wide range of categories. We are extremely proud to accept 1st place in the Best of the Lake's poll this year under the category of "Best Cajun Restaurant!" For those of you that have not yet visited us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, here's a quick look at what earned us that prestigious title. 

Amazing Cajun Cooking
The creative chefs at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar have come up with some of the most authentic Cajun creations that you will find outside of Louisiana! We've incorporated classic Creole-cooking ingredients like rice, sausage, seafood, and vegetables, into our recipes along with savory rubs and spices that we get direct from Louisiana. 

Although we do have many non-Cajun dishes on the menu for a little variety, the bulk of our specialty dishes have an irresistible Cajun flair. You'll find evidence of that sprinkled throughout the extensive menu, from appetizers to entrees, to even our desserts! Here's a sampling of what you'll find, but know that there is a lot more to discover on our full menu. 

Sausage & Chicken Gumbo
A hearty helping of our rich gumbo served with rice. Served by the cup of by the bowl. 

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

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

Po Boys
We serve this classic Cajun sandwich on a toasted French roll with Cajun mayo, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of Southern-fried or blackened catfish, deep-fried big Gulf oysters, or hand-breaded Gulf shrimp. We also offer an Andouille Sausage Po Boy that is topped with our homemade remoulade plus tomato and shredded lettuce. 

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

Louisiana rice-based dish steamed in rich and subtle Cajun spices, Andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp. Try it "dirty" topped with red beans! 

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

Smothered Catfish
A catfish filet, either fried or blackened, served on a bed of rice and smothered in our Crawfish Etouffee. 

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

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

Delicious Cajun Inspired Cocktails Too
When you're serving the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, you simply have to add a few Big Easy-inspired cocktails to the menu too. Hurricanes (the drink, not the storm) are a staple in New Orleans. Not only have we perfected our version of the original recipe but we've added a few of our own Hurricane recipes to the bar menu as well. We also serve up freshly muddled Mojitos and a Cajun Bloody Mary that is bound to become your new favorite! 

Want to find out if we're truly deserving of the title of "Best Cajun Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks"? Come on in and taste for yourself! We're are confident that you will be impressed with the food and drinks we serve here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach. 

We're open daily at 11:00 am, early spring through late fall. There's still plenty of the 2020 season left for you to come in a few different times and try a few different delicious dishes! Also, for everyone that voted for us this year, from the bottom of all of our hearts, THANK YOU! We look forward to serving you again very soon. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Labor Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks... and Beyond That This September!

If you're as excited about Labor Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks as we are here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, then you'll agree that it can't get here fast enough! (Sure, it's a couple of days away, but still, we can't wait!) 

Beyond the holiday weekend, there's another huge annual event coming up in September too, plus fall is a gorgeous time to explore the lake area. Here's a look at some of what's going on around our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & grill this month. 

Labor Day Weekend 2020
Shorty Pants has everything you need for the holiday weekend to keep you well-fed, thoroughly entertained, and if you're traveling by boat, stocked up for a full day on the water! We've got some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks lined up for you over Labor Day Weekend on both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:00 pm. 

Dave Dunklee & the Healing Box Project
Friday, Sept. 4

Grayson Wood
Saturday, Sept. 5

As for the rest of the weekend, we open daily at 11:00 am to serve up the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. One bite and you'll think you're in New Orleans rather than in mid-Missouri! From creamy Crawfish & Shrimp Etouffee to savory Jambalaya to great big Po Boy Sandwiches, we've got a delicious variety of Creole favorites on the menu. 

Of course, we've got plenty of non-Cajun dishes too, in case someone at your table is in the mood for something different. Lastly, to wash it all down, our fully stocked bars are ready to serve you an ice-cold beer, a wonderful variety of wines, and a long list of specialty cocktails that will tickle your taste buds including a creative selection of Hurricanes. 

You can easily access Shorty Pants Lounge by land in Osage Beach but if you happen to be traveling on the water over the weekend, then you'll want to make a pit stop at Shorty Pants Marina at the 12-mile marker while you're here. In addition to being the best gas dock at the Lake of the OzarksShorty Pants Marina also features a fully-stocked convenience store. 

Here you can stock up on everything you'll need for a fun day out on the water. It also houses the cleanest restrooms on the lake and you can even pick up some cool Shorty Pants "swag" while you're there. For anyone needing a place to park their watercraft over the holiday, we've got slips for rent from sizes 14'x36' up to 20'x56'. Call us at 573-302-1004 to check availability.   

September 16-20: Bikefest
Also coming up in September is the 14th Annual Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks. We're thrilled to be one of the passport stops again this year, so make sure you ride by and get your book stamped by us. In addition to the passport run, this event is filled with live music, awesome giveaways, and even the chance to win a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

As a matter of fact, you can head on over to right now and sign up to win a 2-night Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Package valued at over $700. Among other awesome prizes, this includes a $50 gift certificate to use at Shorty Pants!

Autumn "falls" on September 22, 2020, but even though summer will be over the 2020 season at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is far from over! As the leaves begin changing, the lake area takes on a completely different type of beauty that needs to be experienced. 

If you happen to need a place to stay while you're in town, check out two of the best waterfront vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Red House & the Glass House happen to be located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. You can learn all about them and check availability on our website. (Last time we looked, there are lots of great dates open this fall!)

We're looking forward to celebrating the Labor Day holiday with as many of you as possible this weekend. After that, keep coming back! Like we said earlier, our 2020 season is far from over! 

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