Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Best Place To Be This 4th Of July - Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday this year, we expect to see people celebrating it both the weekend before, the weekend after, and of course, during the weekdays in between, especially Tuesday! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is ready to show you the best 4th of July ever. Take a look at what our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant has in store for you. 

The BEST Live Music
Awesome entertainment is an important part of a great night out, and we've got the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can enjoy the following incredible musicians on our lakeside stage over the holiday. 

Friday, June 30
Steven Woolley

Saturday, July 1
Matt Wynn

Tuesday, July 4
Travis Marvin

Friday, July 7
Dustin Clark

Saturday, July 8
Travis Marvin

The BEST Cajun Food
The most popular reason that everyone flocks to Shorty Pants in the summer is because we offer the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our menu comes straight out of New Orleans, featuring rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. The world famous Crab Cakes are simply irresistible, as is our Gumbo, Crawfish Etoufee, Po Boys, and more! You can enjoy your meal on our lakeside deck or cool off in the air-conditioned, smoke-free indoor dining room. 

No worries if Cajun isn't your favorite flavor, because our diverse menu features dishes to fit every taste. Our Black Angus Burgers simply can't be beat, plus we have the best Smoked Wings in town, Filet Mignon, Fried Shrimp Dinner, and Jack Daniels Glazed Chicken. We didn't forget about the kiddos either, with a kid's menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.  

The BEST Cocktails
The drinks created in our fully stocked bars, both indoors and out, are legendary! We've got New Orleans classics like Hurricanes and the Cajun Bloody Mary, plus lake area favorites like Margaritas, muddled Mojitos, Rum Runners, and Pina Coladas. You'll also find the coldest beer at the lake and an impressive wine selection. The perfect drinks to sip as you enjoy the amazing live music and unbelievable lake view. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks

The BEST Marina & Gas Dock
Located just down the boat dock from our Cajun waterfront restaurant is the best gas dock and marina at the Lake of the Ozarks. It features a fully stocked C-store filled with all the things you need for a day out on the lake: ice, drinks, snacks, sunglasses, Shorty Pants gear, boat oil, suntan lotion... and more! We also boast the cleanest restrooms at the Lake. 

The gas dock can fuel up your watercraft with either 87 Octane, 93 Octane, or Diesel fuel. If you are in need of a place to park your boat while you're in town, the marina has 35 covered slips that can be rented, available from sizes 14x36 up to 20x56. We have PWC slip rentals too. Using the Shorty Pants Marina also gives you access to some incredible amenities: showers, washer/dryer, free WiFi, free electric, free ice, gas discounts, and gated parking. 

The BEST Vacation Rentals
Shorty Pants offers 2 of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Red House and the Glass House or located right next to the restaurant and marina, and they comfortably fit large groups as well as small ones. They are booking up quickly for the summer, but we do have some availability left. If you need a place to stay while you are vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, let us host you in our homes away from home!

The BEST 4th of July Ever! 
We're gearing up to host the best 4th of July ever, followed by the best summer full of fun, incredible food, delicious drinks, and the best customers at the Lake. If you'd like to join the fun at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant, we open at 11 am, 7 days a week, and keep the party going well into the evening. Gather up your family and friends and join us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina for an amazing holiday! 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shorty Pants Lounge Salads - Way More Than Just A Side Dish!

Salads are an excellent choice for a healthy meal that can fill you up and give you the energy you need. The main ingredient, the "greens," have calcium, iron, potassium, and B vitamins all on their own. When paired with the savory ingredients that make up the salads on our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant menu, you get even more health benefits than that, making it a wise, and delicious, meal choice. 
A few more wonderful things that your body gets from the many colorful and tasty ingredients in a Shorty Pants Lounge salad are fiber, antioxidants, and a healthy dose of protein. If you're watching your calories, tell your server to bring the dressing on the side so you can add it yourself. Some people might worry that they'll still be hungry if they only have a salad, but with the following options from our menu, that hunger will be more than satisfied.   


Side Salad
For anyone wanting something else on our amazing Cajun menu, but still craving some salad to go along with it. Fresh greens garnished with heirloom tomatoes, zucchini squash, and shredded provel cheese, topped with croutons. 

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

Mini Caesar
A smaller version of the original, available with or without the meat. 

Ahi Tuna Salad

We take a 6-oz. Sashimi grade, sesame encrusted tuna filet, cooked to your liking, and serve it over a fresh spinach and spring mix with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and our house remoulade dressing. For a change, try it blackened! 

Fresh Spinach Delight
Fresh spinach topped with apple slices, fresh grapes, cherry tomatoes, and grilled chicken, served with our house raspberry balsamic dressing. 

Cobb Salad
The King of Salads! A platter of fresh spinach and spring mix, topped with smoked ham & turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cheddar & provel cheese. If the salad king is too much for you, try the "princely-sized" half portion. 

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. 

Asian Shrimp Salad
Fresh greens and crispy cabbage with blackened shrimp, served with a medley of tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, baby corn, slivered almonds, Craisins, and rice noodles, served with a toasted sesame ginger dressing. You can substitute the shrimp with blackened tuna, and both versions are available in a half-portion.  

Most of our salads are served with a suggested dressing, but you are free to choose from the following dressing choices: 
  • House Remoulade
  • House Raspberry Balsamic
  • Ranch
  • French
  • Fat-Free Ranch
  • Honey Mustard
  • Toasted Sesame Ginger
  • Cajun Bleu Cheese

The savory salads at Shorty Pants Lounge are the perfect meal to fill you up, but if you're not in a salad mood, we've got a menu filled with the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks here for you too. There's enough variety on our menu to please everyone in your group, so the next time you're headed out for lunch or dinner, bring the gang here to dine with us. 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Reasons To Bring Dad To Shorty Pants For Father's Day

Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 18 this weekend. Many of you probably haven't decided on what to do for Dad yet, but don't worry, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has the perfect plan! Bring him to the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for a day he'll remember fondly for years to come. Here are five reasons we know your dad will think this is a spectacular idea. 

#1 - Dads LOVE Cajun Food!
How could they not? With the magnificent blends of authentic rubs and spices direct from Louisiana that we use to create our dishes, you'll find the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks on our plates! Crab Cake Pasta, Jambalaya, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, and our amazing Shrimp-N-Grits are all popular choices.  

If you father, or someone else in the group, happens to be one of those rare people that doesn't love a bit of Creole flavor, we've got a menu full of delicious dishes for them too. Our Jack Daniels Glazed Chicken, Filet Mignon, Catfish Dinner, Asian Shrimp Salad, and the wide variety of Prime Rib Burgers will tickle their taste buds. If there are young children in your group, they'll find lots of tasty choices on our kids' menu to make them happy too.   

#2 - Food tastes better eaten lakeside.
You can eat indoors any old time, and in the warmer months, you can enjoy lunch or dinner outside just about anyplace too, but dining by the water with the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks as your view makes the experience extra special! We've got plenty of seating on our lakeside deck for groups of all sizes, as well as an outdoor tiki bar. If it's a little too hot outside for you, we've also got lots of space to sit indoors with another bar and that gorgeous lake view right outside the window. 

#3 - We're conveniently located by land or by water.
It's easy to reach us by land in Osage Beach at 1680 Autumn Lane. From Hwy 54, turn onto KK, go right on 3 Seasons Road, follow the signs, and you're here! 

For those spending the afternoon on the lake for Father's Day, you can find us at the 21 MM. Shorty Pants Marina is located at the end of our docks, where you can fuel up, sit and relax for a spell, and stock up on everything you need for a day on the water. When you're done dining at the restaurant, you'll be ready for more time playing on the lake. You can even pick up some incredible Shorty Pants gear (t-shirts, hats, drink koozies...) before you leave as a souvenir of this great Father's Day.   

#4 - We've got the games.
If Dad's a sports fan and is worried about missing the games, let him know we'll have them playing right here for him! The Cardinals and Royals both have games that afternoon, and the US Open will be in full swing. You'll find plenty of TVs inside, as well as cozy seating around the outdoor TV over the fireplace, plus more screens to keep an eye on in the tiki bar. Let us know dad will be watching the game while you're here and we'll find you the perfect spot to hang out and cheer along with us. 

#5 - You'll make memories to last a lifetime!
When you bring the family to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, you know you're in for a day full of fun, laughter, amazing food, and memories in the making! All of those day-to-day distractions that you face on a daily basis at home can be put aside for a bit. While you're here, you are free to spend some good, quality, family-time together with dear old Dad. So what do you think? We'd love to spend this Father's Day with you!  

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Origin Of A Classic Cocktail - The Bloody Mary

Well, as with most origin stories for famous food & drink recipes, the actual inventor of the Bloody Mary is up for debate. We can tell you, though, that our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar has perfected the recipe for this classic cocktail, adding in a bit of our very own Cajun flair! The Cajun Bloody Mary at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is one of our most popular beverages, so today we thought we would relay a little bit of this delicious drink's history. 

The Name
A variety of different women named Mary have been associated with this popular cocktail over the years. Some believe that it was inspired by the Hollywood starlet Mary Pickford. Others say that it was actually named after a waitress named Mary that served them at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood. (That name doesn't particularly make us thirsty!)

The name that is most often associated with the Bloody Mary cocktail is Queen Mary I of England. She ruthlessly ruled over her people n the mid 1550's. Bloody Mary was the nickname she was known by, and pertaining to the drink, the tomato juice represents the blood spilled during her reign, and the vodka, or "firewater," is symbolic of the queen's brutal nature and means of executing people. 

As we discuss the most likely inventor of this cocktail below, you'll discover that "Bloody Mary" isn't the only name it is known by.    

The Creator 
According to Wikipedia, a few different bartenders claim the Bloody Mary is their creation, but during our research, the following story seemed to be the most popular. 

The earliest claim to creating the Bloody Mary came from Fernand "Pete" Petiot in 1921. He was working at the New York Bar located in Paris when he decided to combine tomato juice and vodka. He also lays claim to a couple of other popular drinks, the White Lady and the Side Car. 

Petiot found the original drink to be a bit bland for his tastes, so he began experimenting, adding various seasonings, juices, and sauces until he came up with something more like what we are used to today. 

He brought it to America after Prohibition to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. It quickly became a favorite, and was soon dubbed as a delicious cure for hangovers. The name was changed to "Red Snapper" as to not offend the more delicate American sensibilities. To this day, you can still order a Red Snapper at the St. Regis Hotel, but everywhere else, it's still most commonly known as a Bloody Mary.   

Shorty Pants Cajun Bloody Mary
As with most of the delicious items on our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant's menu, we've added a touch of Creole flavor to our famous Cajun Bloody Marys. Our secret mix of seasonings, spices, and garnishes make our version of this classic cocktail the perfect drink to sip on before you head out for an afternoon on the water. It's also great for savoring as you watch the sun go down over the gorgeous lake view from our waterfront deck. 

Come on in to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and give our Cajun Bloody Mary a try. Our bar also features many other amazing mixed drinks for you to enjoy, a wonderful wine selection, and the coldest beer at the lake. Cheers! 

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June's Amazing Live Music Lineup

June means that it's that wonderful time of year when you can experience the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks lakeside, while you enjoy your favorite Cajun flavors. Every single Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, we feature extremely talented musicians on our outdoor stage. Make plans to come in for dinner and stay late dancing the night away on the following dates in June. Music begins at 6 pm on Tuesday nights, and at 7 pm on the weekends.   

Friday, June 2
Steven Woolley

Saturday, June 3
Dustin Clark

Tuesday, June 6
Spontaneous Duo

Friday, June 9

Saturday, June 10
Matt Wynn

Tuesday, June 13
Travis Marvin

Friday, June 16

Saturday, June 17
Alex Hoffer

Tuesday, June 20
Noe Palma

Friday, June 23
Tanner Lee

Saturday, June 24
Steven Moore

Tuesday, June 27
Spontaneous Duo

Friday, June 30
Steven Woolley

Saturday, July 1
Matt Wynn

For a truly entertaining experience, come on out to the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and hear these incredible performers in person. The live shows are full of fun and excitement, and it's a great way to spend an evening by the water. The musicians listed above will be here throughout June, and that final weekend of the month brings along an extended Fourth of July weekend with it. We'll have even more amazing live music headed your way then. 

An evening at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is fun for the whole family, and it's also the perfect way to spend some quality time with good friends, or even meet a few new friends. Come in and grab a table for dinner before the music starts and stick around for a while after you're done to enjoy the show. You can also belly up to the bar and enjoy the music along with a few cocktails between hitting the dance floor. The one thing we know for sure is that you'll get a delicious meal, hear some fantastic music, and and have one unbelievable night. 

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