Friday, December 18, 2015

All We Want For Christmas Is...

During our time off, in between all of the holiday catering at the Lake of the Ozarks that we have been doing, we've had a little time to sit back and really think about what we would love to get this Christmas.  We're willing to bet that if you were a waterfront Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'd have these things on your list too.  As a matter of fact, you may want these awesome gifts, even if you aren't us!

Mardis Gras Beads

Not only do they look great on our Cajun Christmas tree, but they'll come in handy this February when we visit Wobbly Boots Roadhouse for the Lake Area Mardis Gras Pub Crawl, February 20, 2016!

"The Best of Zydeco" cd

The most incredible music to listen to while eating jambalaya and cornbread.  A mix of southern Louisiana dance music featuring accordion and guitar. 

A trip to New Orleans

The best way to do a little culinary research, of course.  

Photos from Summer 2015

We had lots and lots of you guys visit us over the 2015 summer season, and we know that most of you were snapping pictures with your phones while you were here.  We would love for you to share those.  It was an awesome summer for us, but we'd love to see it through your eyes too.  Visit our Facebook page and share some of your photos with us.  

Wobbly Boots BBQ

We LOVE hanging out at this awesome Lake of the Ozarks BBQ joint as much as possible during the winter because we miss seeing them when we're busy all summer long.  New Year's Eve is going to be the best one ever this year because Funhouse will be rocking the Boot to ring in 2016!

...and a Crawfish in a creamy, thick bisque. 

Have you tried one.  Mmmmmmmm boy!!  If you've missed out up until now, you need to mark next spring 2016 on your calendar and get yourself on over to the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We'll show you what it's all about.  

So what is on your Christmas list this year?  It's not only the time of year to excitedly accept presents from friends and loved ones, but also a time to think about what you would love to give.  Shorty Pants Lounge will be back in a few months thrilled to give all of our customers incredible service, delicious drinks, amazing live music, the Lake's favorite marine & C-store, and the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Until then, we wish all of you a very merry Chrimstmas and a Happy New Year!  

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holidays Are Happier When WE Do Your Cooking!

If you have a lot of guests heading your way this holiday season, give the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks a call and let us take care or feeding those hungry people for you.  There will be enough to worry about with all of the rest of your planning.  Avoid the cooking and cleaning by bringing your menu wishes to us.  Shorty Pants Lounge can cook up the tastiest meals and appetizers for everyone on your party list. 

Along with our sister restaurants, Dog Days Bar & Grill and Wobbly Boots BBQ, we are a part of the Barrett Restaurant Group.  This amazing compilation of the best restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks brings together all of your favorite dishes.  Even throughout the winter season when our restaurant is hibernating, you can still call up and have us bring over your favorite flavors.

We Deliver!

It's as simple as this:  call us up to discuss what types of food you are craving, we'll come up with a menu, prepare it, and bring it to you!  The talented chefs in each of our kitchens will work together to create a customized menu for your holiday party or special event.  We can take care of any gathering that you need to have catered, including office parties, family gatherings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, seminar breaks, and more.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...  We can do it all!  Our smoker can even come to your event with us, and soon we'll even be delivering everything in our very own customized catering van.  Keep an eye out for that around town in the near future!  

Any event, large or small!

Any gathering, from a few friends all the way up to a group of 500, the Barrett Restaurant group can take care of you!  This past summer we catered a beautiful wedding, and the bride was very happy with what we did.  

"Wobbly Boots, Dog Days, and Shorty Pants did an amazing job catering our wedding! We cannot say enough about the food and the service! Kevin and Luke were great to work with and Hanna and Kim did an awesome job bartending/serving and just overall helping out during the wedding reception! Many guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever had! It was very memorable and a nice change from traditional wedding meals! We would recommend them to cater any event!" -Alicia Skilondz

Bring the gang to us!

If you need a spot to host your holiday party, we might have the perfect place for you. Shorty Pants Lounge has been the site of wonderful events in the past.  You can enjoy hanging out by the water while enjoying the warmth of the indoors.  When you call we would be happy to talk to you about possibly hosting your holiday party in our restaurant.          

Shorty Pants Lounge

Smoked Thanksgiving turkeys! 

Thanksgiving is almost here, and you've still got time to call us up and order the turkey for your holiday dinner.  Order it directly from us, along with a wide variety of delicious side dishes, or bring in your own and we'll cook it up for you.  A little of our special rub and a trip to the smoker, and you'll have the best-tasting Thanksgiving dinner you've ever experienced.  That particular holiday is nearly here, so if you are interested, call us right away at 573-348-2277 to make arrangements.  

Why spend half of the holiday season slaving away in a kitchen, both cooking and then cleaning it all up?  Let the best restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks take care of all of that for you.  We are very flexible about making sure that you get exactly what you are wanting for your holiday party.  Give us a call so that we can discuss everything that you are dreaming about serving (and eating) at your seasonal celebrations.  Let Shorty Pants Lounge take care of the hard stuff while you relax and enjoy it all with your family and friends.      

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

7 Reasons We Are Thankful This Year

November brings with it Thanksgiving, which gives your favorite waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks a reason to think about all the things we have to be thankful for.  We are very lucky, because once we started thinking about it, we realized that Shorty Pants Lounge is an incredible place for a lot of reasons.  Here are seven things that make us say "Thank you!"  

Amazing Customers

The chance to work in a fun environment right next to the water brings us all to work here, but it's the wonderful, happy faces of our customers that keep us smiling and coming back for more day after day.  Watching all of you enjoy your time with us makes us want to keep doing what we do.  Shorty Pants Lounge wouldn't be the success it is if we didn't have so many loyal and amazing customers, and we are very thankful for that.  

We Turned 10

In July of 2015, Shorty Pants Lounge celebrated our 10th Anniversary.  It wasn't just the milestone itself, but the way we got to celebrate.  We hosted the best all-American crawfish boil that the Lake area has ever seen.  Jim Beam, Hurricanes, beer, and bugs were had by all, along with an awesome time!  We are both thankful that we had the opportunity to celebrate this milestone and for the fact that you were right there to share the moment with us. 

Being voted "Best Gas Dock" AGAIN!

Thank you once again to everyone in the Lake area that voted us as having the Lake of the Ozarks Best Gas Dock not only this year, but for the past 6 years!  We do our very best to make sure that we keep our gas dock and c-store stocked with anything and everything that you might need for a day out on the water.  We are extremely thankful that you all noticed and graced us with this honor.  

Exciting Events

Annual events around here are always something that we look forward to and remember fondly after they are over.  This year we were able to take part in some incredible events.  The 2nd Annual Warriors Against Melanoma Poker Run and the Shootout PWC Poker Run.  We even got to host the after party for that last one! Speaking of poker runs, we can't forget about both the Spring & Fall Harbor Hops that brought so many of you to our docks.  There was the 9th Annual Bikefest that we were honored to be a Passport stop for.  Don't forget about the 16th Annual Bogeys & Beer Golf Tournament that we have so much fun doing with our sister restaurants every year.  As if those weren't enough, holiday weekends here at the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks are events in themselves.  The thing that we are most thankful about with these is the fact that "annual" means we get to do them all again next year!    

Incredible Music

Some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks has made its way on to our lakefront stage over the past 10 years, and this past Summer was one of the most entertaining ever.  Every single Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday (and occasionally a few days in between) our restaurant was filled with amazing sounds from the most incredible musicians.  Lake area favorites like the Boomchux, Art Bentley, Dustin Clark, Noe Palma, and so many, many more joined us.  We are very thankful that they all shared their talents with us.  


Awesome Staff

Shorty Pants Lounge visitors are able to have an incredible day out when they join us partly due to the amazing people that we are lucky to get to work with.  We do our best to hire intelligent, friendly, fun people to serve our customers.  We are thankful that we had one of the best groups working for us this past year.  They made it extra-speical. 

It's Not Over Yet!

We are extremely thankful for the beautiful Fall weather that we are seeing this year. We have been graced with many days this Autumn that have left it warm enough to keep enjoying our outdoor deck.  Even on the cooler days, most of them have been bright and sunny.  We're still open 7 days a week at 11:00 am, ready and waiting to serve you up more of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We aren't quite ready to pack it in for 2015, and we're thankful that our season is still going strong.   

Taking the time to look back and pick out the moments from this past year that we are thankful for is a real eye-opener.  The wonderful people seem to be the biggest reason that we are the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.  From the customers to the entertainers to our staff, it's the people of Shorty Pants Lounge that make us the most thankful.    

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cajun Favorites at Shorty Pants Lounge

There is a gigantic selection of amazing dishes to choose from on our Shorty Pants Lounge menu.  The best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has a little something for everyone.  While every individual has their own favorites, here are a few that we saw leave the kitchen over and over this season.


The Lake's best house smoked wings tossed in your choice of 4 taste-tempting flavors:  original, extra hot, garlic parmesan, or barbecue.  Snack on 5, dine on 10 or 20, or share a few with a whopping order of 30.  You'll wanna make sure everyone at the table gets a taste.  


One of our most popular items.  Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp are the hearty staples in this dish, and sauteed peppers and onions bring out the flavor.


Fresh oysters topped with the perfect blend of spinach, garlic butter, and red pepper parmesan.  Served up with lemon wedges and saltine crackers.  This is only 1 of 3 delicious choices from our fresh oyster menu. 


Big gulf oysters are deep fried to a golden brown and placed on french bread with lettuce, tomato, and our homemade Cajun mayo.  We've also got an incredible CATFISH PO BOY available for your dining pleasure!


A mouth-watering catfish filet served on a bed of rice, and as if that wasn't enough, we then smother it in our CRAWFISH ETOUFEE.  We'll prepare it either fried or blackened for you.  Two incredible dishes turned into one!  


Now from two favorite flavors in one dish to four!  For the person that simply can't decide, our medley offers up a plate full of signature entrees.  Creamy CRAWFISH ETOUFEE, rich JAMBALAYA, RED BEANS & RICE, and a half link of our ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE.  


There really are too many popular dishes to list in only one blog, but you get the idea. Did we list your favorite above?  Maybe we listed something that looks like your new favorite!  Visit us soon and order up some of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We are still open for lunch every day at 11:00 am, but don't wait too long.  It would be a shame if you had to wait until next Spring to have your favorite Shorty Pants Lounge dish again.        

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

7 Quick & Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

Some people love dressing up and look forward to planning next year's Halloween costume November 1.  Many, instead, wait until October 30 and drastically scramble for something quick and easy to throw on so they can attend all of the Halloween parties around town with their friends.  Well, Shorty Pants Lounge is here to help out those procrastinators!  The following costume ideas can be pulled together in a hurry with one or two small items.  You may even luck out and find them around your house already. 

Devil, Witch, Animal, etc..

Thrown on a witch's hat or a headband with horns or ears, and boom, you're dressed!  The addition of a cape steps up your costume game another notch.  These are also easy, small items that you can throw in a drawer and have ready and waiting for you every time you need to dress up.  


Once again, add a mask and a cape to whatever you are already wearing and you are dressed!  The most fun part about this costume is coming up with your powerfully cool superhero name and alter-ego.  


A roll or two of gauze from the drug store and you are all set.  Simply start wrapping yourself until you are thoroughly covered.  There is one very important tip to remember though.  You will need to go to the restroom at some point during the evening, so make sure you can unwrap without completely undressing.  


One black t-shirt, one white t-shirt, and some scissors and you are in business.  If you are feeling creative, the facial makeup makes this costume even better.  

Luau Party People

We love this costume because it brings back all of our awesome memories from the Summer season.  Sunglasses and a lei are all that is needed, but the addition of a tropical drink in your hand all evening is a tasty bonus.  


This is another costume that makes us think of the Lake.  (Don't get worried, we only have the fun, friendly pirates on the Lake of the Ozarks.  Captain Morgan is one of our favorites!)  As long as you have a pirate hat, you're good.  An eye patch makes it even better.  

Pumpkin Head

A jack-o-lantern is probably something that you can grab off of your front porch on the way to your party, quick and easy.  It's most definitely a costume that will get lots of attention, and probably some high-fives. That being said, we have no clue how to make this happen without a disgusting mess of pumpkin pulp all around your head.  If you figure it out, please, send us some photos!  If you are up for a challenge and love having all eyes on you, then this might be a great idea.  Good luck!

There you go.  Seven simple costume ideas for the person that doesn't worry about Halloween until the last minute.  There's nothing wrong with that.  As you can see, you can still look awesome at the last minute.  Party hard, stay safe, and don't get too scared out there.  Shorty Pants Lounge wants to wish everyone an incredible holiday weekend.  Make sure you stop by the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to show off your costumes and have a few Cajun treats at some point during Halloween.    

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

It's Shorty Pants Sweatshirt Season!

So far this Fall has been incredibly warm, and we are loving every minute of it!  The day will come before we know it, though, when that chill in the air lasts all day long.  The best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks will still be here waiting to serve up all of your Cajun favorites when that happens, and we've also got the best-looking Shorty Pants Lounge gear to keep you cozy and warm both here and all around town. 

We are getting into the part of the Autumn season where the sun will be shining and the view of the lake will take on a special, colorful aura, but the temperature will be a little to cold for a short-sleeved t-shirt alone.      

We have been honored with the title of the Lake of the Ozarks best gas dock for 6 years running now.  We stock it with friendly, knowledgeable staff, food, drinks, ice, boating supplies, and some of the coolest clothing that you have ever seen. Included in this selection of sweet gear is a large variety of warm, comfortable sweatshirts, hoodies, and long-sleeved T's. Here are a few reasons why you need a Shorty Pants Lounge shirt to wear this Fall.    

Keep Warm

You are going to want to sit outside on our waterfront deck enjoying the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks for as long as possible.  Donning one of our stylish sweatshirts will allow you to do this.  Also, they are great for those die-hard boaters that like to brave the cool winds while cruising the lake.  

Make Your Friends Jealous

We've got some pretty snazzy gear here at Shorty Pants Lounge.  Come on in and get first pick from all of the incredible designs.  Not only will your friends wish that they had one of their own, they will be jealous of the fact that you have something to remind you of all of the awesome times that you had with us over the Summer.    

We've Got Your Color

You know that color that you look so gorgeous in?  Well, there's an excellent chance that you will find a shirt here in that color.  We carry a large selection of colors, styles, and sizes to keep everyone happy.  

Cold weather shirts aren't the only gear that you can purchase on your next trip to Shorty Pants Lounge. We've got hats to keep the rain off your head, sunglasses to cut the glare when you brave the water on a sunny Fall day, and koozies to keep your hands warm while you keep your drink cold.  You'll find an incredible selection in our C-store, and a smaller selection inside of the restaurant.    

Head on over to the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks soon and stock up before the temperatures take a dive.  It's a great time to start thinking about all of those people on your Christmas list, too!  We're still here, open at 11:00 am, 7 days a week.  Come in for the delicious food, and leave with some of our awesome Shorty Pants Lounge gear.      

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Shorty Pants Made a LOT of People Happy This Summer!

It was a very busy, awesome Summer at Shorty Pants Lounge.  We are still open 7 days a week, ready to serve you the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Here is a look back at our successful 2015 season and we consider it successful because of the kind things that so many of our customers had to say about their experience with us. Here are a few of our favorites.   

" 'Great atmosphere' This restaurant definitely gives you enough food for the price. They have a great view of the lake and a cozy area to sit in front of the fire. Would recommend this place for anyone wanting good food."
-Chris N, Omaha NE, Oct. 2015 from TripAdvisor

"Great spot on the water: live music, good drinks and beer menu, and excellent burgers, wings, and sides. Overall, a great spot for lunch or dinner after a day on the water."
-Tara S, Loveland OH, August 2015from Yelp

"I found this restaurant after an office conference and ate with a party of 22. They handled us expertly and the food was surprisingly good. I had the jambalaya with cornbread which tasted great. The service was exceptional. Would recommend and will return."
-Jonathan S, St. Joseph MO, July 2015 from Yelp

" 'Good Cajun food & great lake view' Our family greatly enjoyed sitting lakeside for dinner at Shorty Pants. The red beans and rice were spot on and my daughter's catfish dinner was HUGE. The service was great and very attentive."
-MissouriGirl648, Carthage MO, Oct. 2015 from TripAdvisor

"Shorty Pants is one of our favorite spots on the lake. We love the atmosphere and the food. The drinks are perfect for lakeside flip flops! Great service and the kids love to throw the leftovers over the deck railing and watch the swarming carp and ducks go after it."
-Troy H, Omaha NE, July 2015 from Yelp

"Shorty pants will continue to have my service! Excellent food and service! Best mojito at the lake! My fiance and I ordered their blackened chicken nachos and their spinach dip. Both were fantastic!! Highly recommended both!"
-Kara F, Miami Beach FL, July 2015 from Yelp

" 'Best place for a little Cajun at the lake.' I try to go to Shorty Pants as often as I can, I LOVE Cajun food and so far as I know they have the largest menu of Cajun at the lake. Being right on the water is awesome, the the wait staff is fun and easy on the eyes and the food is pretty good... I wish they would deliver to Eldon. They have non-Cajun food on the menu too and it all looks good, I just never order it. If you are just visiting the lake, this place isn't the easiest to find but it is certainly worth the trip."
-Chopdrifter, Eldon MO, Sept. 2015 from TripAdvisor

" 'Best Bloody Mary on the Lake!' We go every day while on vacation to start our day with their Cajun Bloody Mary. We had dinner there on Friday night as well. They were crazy busy but had a short wait to be seated and food was wonderful! We got to know some of the staff in our daily visits, all very friendly, get along well, and seem to love working there. Worth the stop for drinks and food!"
-ddawny3, St. Louis MO, July 2015 from TripAdvisor

"Great restaurant with a great atmosphere. Being from Louisiana I was hesitant to try a place that billed itself as a restaurant that specialized in Creole cuisine. I ordered the jambalaya. It was perfectly filling and spiced well. My gf ordered the "big easy shrimp" that was also very good and seasoned perfectly. The servers were good and even helped move us to a dry table when it started raining. The Hurricane I ordered was also very good and reminded me of the drinks they serve on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Highly recommend. Enjoy."
-Joy T, St. Joseph MO, May 2015 from Yelp

" 'Cajun cuisine & a beautiful veiw.' We went for an early dinner and enjoyed the jambalaya and a few drinks. The dish was delicious, service excellent and the view outstanding. The drink menu was awesome with a selection of fresh squeezed cocktails."
-Joni W, Jefferson City MO, August 2015 from TripAdvisor

Thank you to everyone that came out to visit us so far in 2015.  We would like to send an extra-special thanks to all of you that took the time to write about your experience. Every review helps us to improve the excellent service and delicious food that we strive to give all of our customers every year.  

There is plenty of gorgeous weather left this year, so get on over to your favorite waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and enjoy it!  Keep on coming in after the chill sets in, too, because we've got a warm fireplace outside and lots of seats for you inside.  We can't wait to see you soon!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bogeys & Beer - The Golf Tournament With BOTH!

After the excitement of this Saturday's Fall Harbor Hop, you'll have three full days to rest up (and get in some practice) before the 16th Annual Bogeys & Beer Golf Tournament happens.  The best Cajun Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is a proud sponsor of this event, along with our sister restaurants - Dog Days Bar & Grill and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse -  plus many others. Proceeds raised benefit 5 deserving local organizations.  Now is the time to sign up to be a part of this lively Lake of the Ozarks golf tournament. 

The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A Resort
494 Tan-Tar-A Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10:00 am - Registration
11:00 am - Shotgun Start

Local organizations that benefit from the annual Bogeys & Beer Golf Tournament include:  Lamb House, Kid's Harbor, Kiwanis Club, L.A.N.I., and the CADV.  In 2014, the tournament was able to donate $500 to the Lamb House, $1,000 to L.A.N.I., and $2,000 each to Kid's Harbor, Kiwanis, and CADV.
All teams may bring in their registration directly to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, or mail them to:
Wobbly Boots Roadhouse
4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

There are four levels to sign up under.  These include:

Eagle - $1,000

  • 4 players in tournament
  • Mention in all radio ads
  • Hole sponsor sign
  • Banner on putting green or driving range
  • Listing in 2015 brochure
  • Recognition banner at silent auction and awards
  • Box lunch and dinner

Birdie - $415
  • 4 players in tournament
  • Hole sponsor sign
  • Listing in 2015 brochure
  • Box lunch and dinner

Team - $340
  • 4 players in tournament
  • Box lunch and dinner

Par - $100

  • Hole sponsor sign
  • Dinner

The boxed lunches are being supplied by Mexicali Blues.  Dinner and awards will take place at another incredible waterfront restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill.  There will also be plenty of live and silent auction items for you to bid on while you are there.  

Don' wait, get signed up NOW!  The registration form above is one simple download away.  You and three of your closest friends, or best teammates if your friends aren't that great at golf (just kidding), can spend a crisp Fall day having some fun while you help out some great causes.  Shorty Pants Lounge will be represented there, and we hope that you will be too.       

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