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. 

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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! 

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

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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