Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wobbly Boots' Fried Pickles - Kind of a Big Dill!

Fried pickles began as a delicacy throughout the southern United States. This delicious treat eventually headed north and we all fell in love with the taste too. Wobbly Boot Roadhouse found our own way to cook up this fantastic dish that makes it a "must-try" item from the appetizer list. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant serves up a half pound of pickle chips per order. They are hand-breaded in our specially seasoned flour, fried to a golden brown, and served with a delicious Chipotle Ranch dipping sauce. Either as a snack, an appetizer, or side dish, the fried pickles at Wobbly Boots BBQ are an excellent choice.  

Who Created the Fried Pickle?
As with many origin stories, there is more than one. There is a record of a "French Fried Pickle" recipe being published as early as 1962 for the Food Editors Conference in New York. 

Another popular story, which seems to have come about much too late to be the original, is from the Hollywood Cafe out of Hollywood, Mississippi. Their tale from 1969 begins with a crowded restaurant and a cook without enough catfish to feed them all. In desperation, he reached for the industrial-sized jar of dill pickles that was handy, rolled them in the catfish batter, dropped them in the fryer, and served them to the patrons. They were an immediate hit.

The most popular story, which seems to fit into a more plausible time frame, is out of Atkins, Arkansas. In 1963, Bernell "Fatman" Austin owned the Duchess Drive-In across the highway from the Atkins Pickle Plant. (FYI: Atkins is known as the pickle capital of Arkansas!) Staring across the street at the pickle plant, Bernell was inspired to create a recipe.

That particular recipe is a well-guarded, family secret to this day. You can now only get a taste of Bernell's original creation once a year at the annual Picklefest held each May in Atkins. The family dishes up about 2,500 orders of the "Fatman's Original Fried Dill Pickles" at every festival and the money raised is used for scholarships and charities that Bernell supported. 

Sometime in the late 1990s, three high school friends brought the southern deep-fried pickle to the Minnesota State Fair, calling them the "Preferred Pickle." They were so popular, the same three friends began manufacturing them under KWF Foods and selling them to the foodservice industry. 

The Boot's Are the Best!
Regardless of how the fried pickle found its way to the Midwest or who actually invented it, the best BBQ restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has perfected it! The next time you have a craving for some Wobbly Boots BBQ, add an order of our Fried Pickles to the mix. We just know you are going to love them!

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Dining Hours: 
11am - 10pm, 7 Days Week
Bar Hours:     --
11am - 1am, Mon-Sat
11am -12pm Sun  


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Start Memorial Day Weekend at the Boot!

The first step to planning a memorable and exciting Memorial Day Weekend is deciding to head to the Lake. Once that's decided, the first thing on your holiday "to-do" list should be fitting in some time for the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks!  

Hickory Smoked Goodness!
Once you've experienced the mouthwatering hickory-smoked flavors of Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach, it's always going to be one of the lake area stops you look forward to the most every visit. Our hybrid style of BBQ is a creation unique to the Boot but inspired by the BBQ meccas of the country, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Texas. In addition to those irresistible meats, add on our house-recipe BBQ sauce and you've got the makings of an exquisite meal!  

Dine In or Carry Out
Our smoke-free, family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to bring the whole gang for lunch or dinner. There's plenty of seating for groups of all sizes. It's a great place to get out of the heat and a nice escape if Mother Nature decides to rain on us. (Fingers crossed for a sunshine-filled holiday though!) 

Even if you plan to spend the majority of your Memorial Day Weekend outdoors or entertaining guests at your home, you can still enjoy tasty menu items from Wobbly Boots BBQ. Call up with a to go order and take it home to share with family and friends or to pack your picnic basket with. When it comes to those savory hickory-smoked meats and homestyle side dishes, you can even order in bulk. 

Weekend Special
Every week, including Memorial Day Weekend, we offer the best hickory-smoked prime rib dinner at the Lake of the Ozarks after 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. This slow-smoked, perfectly seasoned steak is hand-cut and prepared to your desired doneness (rare not available.) You may order a 10 oz, 14 oz, or 18 oz cut and it's served up with a great big slice of Texas toast and one of our homestyle side dishes. (C'mon, it's a holiday. Treat yourself!)  

If You're Out On the Lake...
...we don't blame you one bit. It's gorgeous out there! Lucky for you that Wobbly Boots Roadhouse has two sister restaurants that you can get to by the water. The same great taste and high-quality meals you expect from the Boot but done with their own special twists.  

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
Not only can you get amazing Cajun cuisine, deliciously refreshing drinks, and enjoy great live entertainment at Shorty Pants Lounge, a short walk down the dock brings you to their incredible gas dock & C-store at Shorty Pants Marina. Fill up your boat and fill up your belly, all in one stop! There's plenty of seating both indoors and out, plus a cozy fireplace under a covered patio if the nights get a bit chilly.  

Dog Days Bar & Grill
The Dog features all kinds of amazing dishes, from tacos and sandwiches to seafood and steak, all prepared with fresh, savory ingredients. They feature a large indoor dining room with even more seating on the deck by the lake as well as the covered "Dog Pound" tiki bar. 

There are 4 bars total, including a swim-up bar that can be accessed whether you're on the deck or in the pool. They also feature a family-friendly pool in case you have the kids with you on this trip. Add to that fantastic live music all weekend long and their Log Jam at the Lake event on Saturday, May 25, and you know this is a waterfront stop you simply have to make!   

Start your Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks right here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. We'll get your holiday off to an amazing start and be right here for you all weekend long when that BBQ craving creeps up on you. Doors open daily at 11:00 am. We'll be expecting you real soon! 

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Dining Hours: 
11am - 10pm, 7 Days Week
Bar Hours:     --
11am - 1am, Mon-Sat
11am -12pm Sun  


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Best Burgers in the Midwest are at the Lake of the Ozarks

May is National BBQ Month (and we told you How to Convince the Gang to Have BBQ For Dinner in last week's blog) but it's also National Burger Month. Luckily for all of, you, both the best BBQ and the best burgers at the Lake of the Ozarks can be found at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach! 

Best Burgers in the Midwest 
The most mouthwatering, delicious, hickory-smoked BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks is just one of the many fantastic things coming out of the kitchen at the Boot. Another dish we prepare equally as well is our incredible selection of tasty burgers.

All of our beef is raised in the Midwest (Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska) from Valley Meats. They only use domestic corn and grain fed beef select or higher. Here at the Boot we hand-patty all of our burgers and cook them on a flat-top iron to perfection. They are then placed on a fresh kaiser bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion and served to you with one of our homestyle side dishes. 

So Many Choices
You are welcome to come up with your own burger creation from our list of toppings. We have some pretty amazing combinations already on the menu for you to choose from too. 

Farm Boy Burger
A juicy, flavorful classic cooked the way you like it.

El Diablo Burger
A real mouth-burner! It's topped with ghost pepper cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and our zesty 6-pepper sauce. 

Hickory Bacon BBQ Cheeseburger
Now this one's a mouthful! A half-pound burger topped with our house recipe BBQ sauce, hickory-smoked bacon, and good ol' American cheese. 

Patty Melt
Our famous burger topped with sauteed onions and Swiss cheese served on grilled marbled rye bread. 

Beale Street Burger
Our tribute to the South! It's topped with pulled pork and creamy coleslaw. 

Ham, Mushroom, Swiss Burger
Our amazing Farm Boy burger topped with pit ham, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese. 

Black & Bleu Burger
Our Farm Boy burger spiced up with Cajun seasoning and topped with bleu cheese crumbles. 

Burger of the Week
Every week we come up with an exciting burger to feature in addition to the fantastic list above. Be sure to ask your server about it when you come in.  

Additional toppings include

  •  Cheese
    • American 
    • Provolone
    • Swiss
    • Cheddar Jack
    • Ghost Pepper
    • Pepper Jack
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Onions
  • Sauteed Green Peppers
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Bacon

Homestyle Side Dishes
As if those brilliant burgers weren't enough, you also get to pick one of our delicious homestyle side dishes to enjoy alongside your meal.
  • Homestyle Side Dishes
    • Fries
    • Legendary Baked Beans
    • Gourmet Potato Salad
    • Cheesy Corn w/ Ham
    • Green Beans w/ Bacon
    • Smashed Potatoes & Gravy
    • Creamy Coleslaw
    • Cottage Cheese
    • Baked Potato
    • Mac & Cheese Cup
  • Premium Sides
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Spring Green Beans
    • Mac & Cheese Boat
    • Cup or Bowl of Soup
    • Texas Fries
    • Garden Salad
    • 1/2-Order of Onion Rings

Is your mouth watering yet? Head on over to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach soon and get your burger on! Of course, it doesn't have to be a burger you order. With the wide variety of delicious choices on the menu at our Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant, you're sure to find the perfect meal to satisfy any hunger. 

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Dining Hours: 
11am - 10pm, 7 Days Week
Bar Hours:     --
11am - 1am, Mon-Sat
11am -12pm Sun  


Thursday, May 9, 2019

How to Convince the Gang to Have BBQ For Dinner

"What's for dinner?" is a question you ask yourself daily, and when there's a group of people involved in the decision, it can be very difficult to all agree on the same thing. The best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks is always an excellent choice any time you're hungry. If you happen to have someone in your group that needs a bit of convincing, the following reasons to dine on Wobbly Boots BBQ should win them over. 

It's Delicious!
Well... obviously! Still, not all BBQ restaurants are created equal so some people that have had a less than pleasant experience at one may be hesitant. That's not the case at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach! Our award-winning, hickory-smoked BBQ is always a crowd-pleaser. 

This is due to the hybrid style of BBQ we've created to end up with the most mouthwatering, savory, smoked meats possible. First of all, we give our meats their irresistible flavor by slow-smoking them over hickory to bring out an intense, rich taste. After years of practice and perfection, our cooks know exactly how long to leave each meat in the smoker to ensure that it reaches its highest flavor potential. 

The other thing that gives our hickory-smoked meats an extra edge over all the others is the special dry rubs that we use to prepare them and the house recipe BBQ sauce that we pair them with. Put it all together and you've got our hybrid style of BBQ which was inspired by the 4 BBQ meccas of the U.S.A.: Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Texas. We learned from the greats, but created a flavor that you will only find here at the Boot! 

There Are So Many Choices
When some people hear BBQ, their idea of dishes may be limited to chicken, burgers, and steak like they might grill at home. On the contrary, our menu has a wide variety of different meats that we hickory-smoke, which include but are not limited to:
  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Beef Brisket
  • Turkey Breast
  • Pit Ham
  • Smoked Sausage
  • Burnt Ends
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Spare Ribs
  • Smoked Chicken
  • Wobbly Wings
Those amazing meats can be ordered by the plateful or on a bun alongside one of our homestyle side dishes. You'll also find them used as ingredients in lots of creative dishes on our menu. It will take you a few trips back to the Boot to try them all! 

All Ages Love the Boot
If it's the family that you're trying to convince rather than a group of friends, our family-friendly atmosphere and down-home hospitality will make everyone feel right at home. Young diners are excited about the choices on our kids' menu, which include favorites like Chicken Tenders, Mini Corn Dogs, Burgers, Grilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese, and even a Cheese Quesadilla. We've also got a kids' version of our Pork Sandwich in case they're ready to start moving toward becoming a smoked meat lover.

The kids get foods they are comfortable with and already love, and you get the chance to enjoy a grown-up dinner with your own favorites. Something that makes the experience even better is that since you're eating at our place, we'll take care of the cooking beforehand and the cleanup when you're done! 

If They're Still Not Convinced...
There's always that one person in every group that won't agree with you no matter what. For that particular friend, you can let them know that the best BBQ restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has more than just BBQ on our extensive menu. 

For example, we've got Crab Stuffed Mushrooms and Cajun Dusted Shrimp for appetizers, incredible salads and savory soups, the best burgers in the Midwest, and even BLTs made with salmon or catfish. One glance through our menu and everyone in your group is sure to find something to make them very happy. 

Now that we've coached you on how to convince everyone else why BBQ is the best choice for dinner (or lunch, or snack time...) you're probably licking your lips just from reading this blog. We're open 7 days a week so any time can be Wobbly Boots BBQ time!

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Dining Hours: 
11am - 10pm, 7 Days Week
Bar Hours:     --
11am - 1am, Mon-Sat
11am -12pm Sun  


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Exciting Events Are Happening at the Lake of the Ozarks This Weekend

For lunch, dinner, and Happy Hour, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is a popular lake area spot to enjoy. There are tons of other fun things to do in the lake area in between those times. This weekend alone, 3 of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks are happening

Two of these events can be enjoyed at our lakeside sister restaurants and the third is just a short drive up Osage Beach Parkway from our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5
The 31st Annual Magic Dragon Car Show hits the historic Bagnell Dam Strip this weekend. All makes, models, and years of cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line the strip and thousands of people will attend this event that takes a nostalgic trip back in time. 

It's something the entire family can enjoy. Once you're worn out from all of the excitement, load everyone into your own car and head on over for dinner at our Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant. You can get additional details about the car show by visiting  

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Spring Harbor Hop
Saturday, May 4
It's hard to resist a day out on the water, especially during Harbor Hop. Luckily for all of you, both of our sister restaurants, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and Dog Days Bar & Grill, are stops during this poker run on the water. That means you can still enjoy food & drinks that are equally as good as the Boot. (As a matter of fact, their wings will seem very familiar to Wobbly Boots BBQ fans!)

Start at any of the over 40 participating bars, restaurants, & marinas with an optional donation of $20 per 7-card hand. You will then "hop" from stop to stop, picking up a card at each one. Winning hands will take home prizes. Get a map and more details at   

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Homegrown Festival
Sunday, May 5 
As if that wasn't already an action-packed weekend, there's more! You'll want to head on back to Dog Days Bar & Grill to experience some of the best of what Missouri has to offer. There will be a whole bunch of Missouri-based breweries, wineries, and distilleries set up on the decks and around the pool area offering samples of their wares. A $10 tasting glass lets you try their samples and those proceeds go will benefit Kids Harbor

You will be able to hear some incredible live music all afternoon too. From 2-6 pm some of Missouri's best bands will take the stage. These include:

  • 39th Street Daddies
  • Etched in Embers
  • Randall Zwarte Band
  • Gasoline Cult

Even if dining at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is the highlight of your trip to Osage Beach, the lake area is full of awesome things to experience, so we know that we'll have to share you every once in a while. You can still join us in between the fun events we've featured above and don't forget to stop in and wind down with our all-day Sunday Happy Hour. The perfect ending to an amazing weekend!    

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Dining Hours: 
11am - 10pm, 7 Days Week
Bar Hours:     --
11am - 1am, Mon-Sat
11am -12pm Sun