Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Taste of Bourbon Street Smack Dab in the Middle of Missouri!

You don't have to travel all the way to New Orleans to enjoy the amazing flavors that Bourbon Street is famous for. Right here in mid-Missouri, we serve the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks seven days a week. Close your eyes and take a bite of one of our Creole creations at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and you'd swear you're in Louisiana! 

Cajun Inspiration
Our talented chefs use only the most flavorful rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. You'll find all of the Creole cooking staples in our recipes - rice, sausages, seafood, and vegetables - alongside lots of other delicious ingredients, put together masterfully for your dining pleasure. There are amazing Cajun dishes throughout our entire menu, but one section in particular that exemplifies what we can do is our Bourbon Street Eats.

Bourbon Street Eats
Each of these incredible dishes is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad and your choice of French bread or corn muffins.

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

Cajun Alfredo
A mildly spiced Alfredo tossed with fresh fettuccine noodles. If you'd like to add meat, we have chicken, shrimp, or a combination of the two. 

Crab Cake Pasta
Two delicious handmade shrimp and lump blue crab cakes are placed on a bed of fresh fettuccine with a delicious seafood cream sauce. 

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

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

Smothered Catfish
A catfish filet served on a bed of rice, smothered in our crawfish etouffee. Enjoy it fried or blackened. 

Voodoo Chicken
A spicy marinated blackened chicken breast is placed over a bed of sauteed onions, peppers, and rice. 

Chicken New Orleans
A blackened chicken breast sauteed with a trio of bell peppers and our Cajun cream sauce served over rice. 

Crawfish 'N' Shrimp Etouffee
Crawfish and shrimp smothered in a rich creamy etouffee sauce with creole vegetables served over rice. 

Shrimp 'N' Grits
Large shrimp sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms served over our homemade Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno Grits. 

C'mon, you know your mouth is watering! One taste of any of these delicious dishes is enough to prove to you that a trip to New Orleans isn't necessary. Simply head on over to our Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and even though you're in mid-Missouri, your taste buds will be on Bourbon Street! Join us soon at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. You're going to be happily impressed.  

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is AWESOME, but Don't Just Take Our Word For It...

We can talk about how awesome our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar is until we're blue in the face, but anyone that hasn't been to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in person is going to be skeptical. That's perfectly natural. 

That's why customer reviews are so very important. First of all, they let us know what we're already doing right and areas we could improve. Those reviews also provide unbiased opinions about a real Shorty Pants experience from customers that have been here. Here are a few of the most recent reviews we found online. 

"The New Orleans Medley is very good and authentic. Comes with excellent étouffée which can be hard to find!"
~Keaton Ashlock, Google review

"Cajun deliciousness: Excellent Catfish, Bourbon Chicken, and Bourbon Carrots were a real treat. The corn muffins have a surprise flavor kick. Would return to try more of the Cajun dishes."
~macs512, TripAdvisor review

"I love Shorty Pants! The Asiago chicken sandwich is to die for! The bartenders and servers are some of the best on the lake!"
~Briana H, Yelp review

"Great Cajun food! Loved the fried catfish with the etouffee on top. Yummy!"
~Kerry Scott, Google review

"Good Food, Relaxing Atmosphere: We came here for dinner one evening during the week. The service was good. Me and 3 friends all had different Cajun dishes. All were excellent. The outdoor seating on the lake was very relaxing. Would recommend!"
~Doug B, TripAdvisor review

"Outstanding Cajun food. I worked in Shreveport, Louisiana for 4 1/2 years and the Cajun food here is as good, or better, than any 4 or 5-star restaurant there!! Waitress was friendly and very attentive. Makes you wanna come back.
The view of boats coming in & out to eat here makes it very enjoyable!! Last but not least, the beignets are delicious. We had two orders and crab cakes for appetizers, to start the feast off right. Straight 5-star goodness here. This will be one of my top two or three regular stops, now that we live at the lake!
~Mike L, Yelp review

"Great atmosphere: Food was great! Couldn't decide on a burger or steak and cheese sandwich so my husband and I split and shared. They were both very good. I had a hurricane and it was delicious. Topped off the meal with their beignets and they were as good if not better than ones we had in New Orleans!"
~eckbuild, TripAdvisor review

"Met up with friends: There were 8 of us and we were well taken care of. Atmosphere was great, outside, nice weather and great food and drinks."
~WayneP412, TripAdvisor review

"Love this place!! Wonderful service every time we visit!! Food is always phenomenal, great southern Cajun cuisine! Great bands and nice view of the lake and on chilly days a cozy outdoor fireplace warms you up!!"
~Lori N Tom Austin, Facebook review

"One of our favorites at the Lake. Service is always great. Food and drinks are always excellent. Great place to watch football in the fall!"
~Sharon Falter, Google review

"Awesome waterfront dining: A great casual place right on the water. Awesome for a nice dinner with friends. The service was awesome and the crab cake fettuccine was to die for. Try the pain is the a$$ you won’t be sorry."
~Jzaret67, TripAdvisor review

"Service was friendly and fast and the food was really good! We didn't know what to expect being in mid-Missouri and going for Cajun style food but all four of us enjoyed the food and the setting by the lake was great! Definitely would go back here again!"
~Keith W, Yelp revie

"Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Food was worth the price. Jambalaya was excellent. Will go there again on my next trip to the lake."
~Jerry Mynatt, Google review

"Recommend the Cajun quesadillas, so good with lots of heat! Great staff and the outside deck has such a great view of the lake!"
~Edie Yvonne Mullins, Facebook review

"Excellent service and amazing food. We had the Ahi tuna salad with a ginger sesame dressing and shrimp and grits."
~Elizabeth Swanson, Google review

If you've already been to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach, we would love to hear all about your experience too! If not, we hope that you get the chance to visit us soon for the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. We're open daily beginning at 11 am and looking forward to serving you a meal, and an experience, you won't' soon forget. 

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Awesome Appetizers That Are Sure to Hit the Spot

With the 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop happening this Saturday, October 13, 2018, we realize that many of you will be making a lot of different stops along the lake to pick up all 7 of those poker cards. During your time here at our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may just be looking for a light bite to tide you over between stops. The Starters Menu at Shorty Pants Lounge is perfect for that!

Our appetizer servings are actually enough to pass for a meal, but if you have a boatload of fellow Harbor Hoppers with you, these dishes are perfect for sharing. That makes them a wonderful "snack" to enjoy until you can come back later for a full meal. 

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

Blackened Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp seasoned and blackened in one of our cast iron skillets and served with a lemon wedge. 

Sweet Coconut Shrimp
Large Gulf shrimp breaded in a sweet Frosted Flake and coconut breading and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 

Peel and Shrimp
Large shrimp spice-boiled and served with our house Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. 

Seared Ahi Tuna
A 6-oz. sesame encrusted Sashimi style Ahi tuna served with sesame ginger dressing and a wasabi cream sauce. 

Smoked Wings   
Our irresistible house-smoked wings are served original, extra hot, garlic Parmesan, or barbecue in orders of 5, 10, or 20. 

Fried Green Tomatoes
Savory green tomatoes deep-fried to a golden brown and served with our house Cajun mayo.

Creole Quesadilla
A bountiful blend of Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp grilled in a tortilla with pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers and onions. 

Chicken Tenders
Fresh chicken tenders are hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown.

Crab Artichoke Spinach Dip
A mouthwatering mixture of crab, spinach, artichoke, and blended cheese served warm with tortilla chips.

Pork Nachos
Slow-smoked pulled pork, Turbodog cheese sauce, and red beans piled high on corn tortilla chips and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos. These are served as full or half-orders.  

Blackened Chicken Nachos
Tortilla Chips piled high and smothered in our Turbodog cheese sauce and topped with spicy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos. These are served with salsa and sour cream and are also available in full or half-orders.

Crab Cakes
Two handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp in our seafood cream sauce. 

Cajun Fried Oysters
Lively seasoned, hand-breaded, southern-fried oysters served with our house-made Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. 

A French Quarter favorite, aka the Louisiana Doughnut! Perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 

In reality, those starters are only the beginning! (See what we did there?) These appetizers can be enjoyed as a meal by one person or you can share them with everyone at the table and save room for a plate of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks once you're done with the Harbor Hop. 

We're still open 7 days a week beginning at 11 am, so Saturday isn't your only chance to get a taste of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. If you're just in town for Harbor Hop weekend, we hope to see you on Saturday or Sunday. If you live in the lake area year-round, we hope to see you quite a few more times in the next couple of months. The more you come in, the more food items you get to try!  

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Get Ready for Fall Harbor Hop 2018 at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Autumn isn't too late to get out on that gorgeous lake! If you need a little extra incentive to convince yourself to get back on the water before it gets too cold, then the 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop should do the trick! One of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks is happening on Saturday, October 13, 2018, and Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is getting your cards, delicious Cajun dishes, refreshing drinks, and great live music all ready for the big day. 

Harbor Hop at Shorty Pants Lounge
You can make your stop at the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks anytime between 11 am-7 pm for cards, but we'll be open after that for dinner and drinks, so plan to stick around. If it's nice outside, we've got plenty of lakeside seating with a gorgeous view. If, on the other hand, it's a bit chilly that day you can hang out by our cozy outdoor fireplace or join us in the indoor dining area. 

As for entertainment, we've got you covered. The talented Steven Moore will be onstage from 3-7 pm, so time your stop at Shorty Pants accordingly so you don't miss the show! 

Harbor Hop Rules
For those of you that are new to the Harbor Hop, participating is easy. Get started at any of the over 40 waterfront bars & restaurants on the Harbor Hop stop list (which can be found at A $20 donation at your first stop gets you card #1, and you are welcome to enter more than once. From there, you will cruise to 6 more participating stops, picking up a new card at each one.  

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Turn your completed poker hand in at the 7th stop. If you aren't completely satisfied with your hand, you have the option to draw an 8th card for an additional $5. The entry fees collected for the hop are what determine the amount of prizes available. As long as you turn in your hand before 7 pm on October 13, your share of the winnings could be:

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7%
5th-10th Places: 5%
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each

The Bonus: Section winners will be recognized from players that draw all 7 of their cards within a single section of checkpoints as labeled on the stop list.  

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Stock Up at Shorty Pants Marina
We highly suggest that you begin your Fall Harbor Hop with us at the best gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can fill your boat or jet ski's tank plus pick up any boating essentials you might need for the day in the C-store. There you'll find ice, soft drinks, water, package liquor, snacks, sunglasses, koozies, hats, cool Shorty Pants sweatshirts, and a lot more. There's even free coffee to fight that fall chill, plus free popsicles for the kids and free dog treats for your 4-legged passengers. 

Coming From Out of Town?
If you'll be joining us for the Fall Harbor Hop from out of town, you're going to need a place to stay while you're here. Right now our 2 amazing Lake of the Ozarks vacation house rentals are available for Harbor Hop but don't put off booking your stay or they may be gone!

The Glass House offers 1,500 square feet of living space and can easily house up to 8 guests. The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 16. Both offer plenty of room to bring the whole family along or a large group of friends. Each house also has an amazing lake view with large decks to sit on and admire it from, plus all the comforts of home you'll need during your stay. As an added bonus, they are only a short walk away from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina! 

So mark your calendars and start making plans now to join Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina for the 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop on Saturday, October 13. It's always an exciting event and an awesome time to be out on the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks. 

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