Wednesday, November 7, 2018

10 Things You're Going To Miss This Winter... So Get Them NOW!

It's always hard to see the end of another season at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar coming up on the calendar, but we all knew it was coming. Knowing that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will be open again serving all of your favorites next spring helps to ease the sadness some. So does coming in during these final weeks to enjoy a few of those favorites before they go into hibernation. 

Everyone has an opinion about what our best dishes happen to be. Here are 10 of them that get ordered often, and you've still got until Saturday, November 17, 2018, to come in and get them along with rest of our menu filled with the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  

Crab Cakes
Our amazing handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes are an extremely popular menu item. They are rolled in our seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp, then covered with a savory seafood cream sauce. As fantastic as they are on our own, when we place them on top of a bed of fresh fettuccine for our Crab Cake Pasta, the taste is elevated to a whole new level! 

Shrimp & Grits
A Cajun classic! This dish contains large shrimp that are sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms. That mouthwatering mix is served over a heaping helping of homemade Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeno Grits. We've also got another terrific version with our Shrimp & Grit Tacos, which place the famous jalapeno grits under shrimp, Andouille sausage, bacon, and a jalapeno lime sauce in a flour tortilla. 

Smoked Wings 
Wings are always a menu favorite, especially when they're perfectly house-smoked over hickory like we do them! You can find a very similar wing at our sister restaurant, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, the king of hickory-smoked meats, year-round. When you get them here, we offer them in the following ways:

  • Original
  • Extra Hot
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Barbecue

Catfish is used often in Cajun cooking, plus it's delicious, so you will find it offered quite a few different ways on the menu at Shorty Pants Lounge. Catfish lovers will need to come in a few times to try all of these!

  • Catfish BLT
  • Catfish Po Boy
  • Smothered Catfish (covered in creamy Crawfish Etouffee!) 
  • Catfish Dinner

Po Boys
You can't run a Cajun restaurant without perfecting the Po Boy, and we believe we've done exactly that! One of the wonderful varieties we serve has already been mentioned above, but we've got even more for you to enjoy. In case you're not familiar with this fantastic sandwich, it's a French roll containing lettuce, tomato, homemade Cajun mayo, and one of the following meats:

  • Catfish (fried or blackened)
  • Fried Oysters
  • Fried Shrimp
  • Andouille Sausage (This one features our homemade remoulade sauce in place of the Cajun mayo.) 

Creole Quesadilla
Quesadillas are most often considered Mexican cuisine, but not the way we stuff them! Our version contains Cajun flavors that will make your mouth water before you even take a bite! It's a bountiful blend of Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp with pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers & onions. Mmmm boy! 

Big Easy Shrimp
Sure, we make it fresh right here in mid-Missouri, but it tastes like it came straight out of the Big Easy! These large gulf shrimp are sauteed in butter, white wine, and garlic with lemon, rosemary, and Cajun seasonings. It's available as an appetizer or an entire signature entree. 

New Orleans Medley
For the diner that has trouble deciding on which dish to order, this menu item offers you four of our very best all on one plate! You get creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and a half-link of our Andouille Sausage. Make sure you attack this plate with a big appetite!

This is Louisiana's version of the doughnut. It makes an excellent dessert and an equally delicious appetizer. Our housemade sweet raspberry sauce is served with this perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar. Great for sharing, but you may want to keep them all to yourself! 

We take the classic cocktail created in New Orleans and do it justice, plus we came up with a few of our very own variations on the delicious drink. Our freshly muddled Mojitos and Cajun Bloody Marys are also amazing, but there's something special about Hurricanes and Cajun food together. Here at Shorty Pants, your choices include: 

  • New Orleans Hurricane
  • Rainbow Sherbert Hurricane
  • Spring Hurricane
  • Freedom Hurricane

There's a lot more on the menu than the items we just mentioned, so if you want to get a few more helpings in before we close for the season, we're still open 7 days a week at 11 am for lunch and dinner. Also, if you're really going to miss us over the next few months, swing by the marina (which is open year-round) and pick up a comfy Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina sweatshirt. That way when you miss us this winter, you can cuddle up with it and feel a little closer to your favorite Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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