The History of the Bloody Mary Cocktail

One extremely popular cocktail (that we just so happen to be serving for only $3 on St. Patrick's Day this year at JB Hook's) is the Bloody Mary. In addition to vodka, it's full of veggies and tastes great with any meal, especially brunch. Our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant got a bit curious about the origin of this classic cocktail, and here is what we discovered. 

Bloody Mary History
As with most popular food and beverage creations, more than one person has tried to lay claim to inventing the Bloody Mary. One of these tales may be true, or quite possibly a mixture of all of them tells the real tale. 

The first story says that Fernand Petiot came up with the recipe in 1921. He was working at a bar in Paris called the New York Bar, later to become Harry's New York Bar, which was frequently visited by American expatriates, including Ernest Hemingway. It was also a popular spot for Russians that had escaped the Russian Revolution. This bar was known for creating …

Don't Miss the Annual Lake of the Ozarks St. Patrick's Day Party at JB Hook's

The Lake of the Ozarks St. Patrick's Day Parade is always a popular event for people of all ages, and the very best place to watch it is in front of JB Hook's. That way, you can quickly get to the best St. Patrick's Day party at the Lake of the Ozarks once the parade is over, which just so happens to be right inside JB Hook's! Join all of our other guests and make this party an annual holiday tradition. 

Festive Food & Drink Specials
We've been hosting our St. Patrick's Day celebration since about 1996. The parade passes in front of JB Hook's, so it's easy for everyone to gather together in or near our parking lot for that, and then come on inside to continue the fun. This year's parade is beginning a little later than usual, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018, so you should be good and hungry once it's over!

To cure that hunger, we'll be serving up a scrumptious Corned Beef and Cabbage Buffet beginning at 1:30 pm. The buffet is free to…

Wine & Dinner Pairings at JB Hook's

When sitting down to a gourmet meal at the Lake of the Ozarks, there's only one thing that can seal the deal. A delicious glass of wine that is perfectly paired with your meal can take any choice from delicious to mouthwatering! At JB Hook's, we not only have a 5-star menu at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we have an extensive wine menu to choose from as well. Here are a few pairing suggestions to get the weekend started!

The Manhattan - Electra Moscato "California"This pan seared pangasius filet is topped with sundried tomatoes, red onion, and fresh basil, while bathed in a sweet vermouth cream sauce. We think you would love to pair this dish with our Electra Moscato, "California." It's delicately sweet, refreshingly crisp, and has a bouquet of flowers that will pair ever so faintly with the bold flavors in the dish. The taste of peach and melon at the end are also a fine finish!

Hook's Milan - Haras de Pirque Sauvignon Blanc "California"A mil…

5 Reasons You're Going To Love JB Hook's

There are a lot of wonderful dining options available in the lake area, but we truly believe that your best choice is our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant. Sure, you may think we're a little biased, but after you read the rest of this blog, we believe you are going to agree! 

Fresh and Delicious Steak and Seafood
Not only do we offer a wide variety of different steak and seafood dishes, but our kitchen has perfected them. Every plate comes out looking incredible and smelling irresistible, and the most important aspect is also there... the taste! Beginning with our Shrimp and Oyster Bar and continuing throughout our appetizer and dinner menu, there are lots of different dishes to fit every taste plus a new special each evening. 

Of course, steak and seafood aren't the only mouthwatering options we have for you. Our chefs are equally gifted at creating savory salads, scrumptious poultry and pork dishes, and amazing pasta creations. This is all served in a casual yet elegan…

Mardi Gras Food & Drinks and Live Music at JB Hook's

Fat Tuesday has come and gone for 2018, but the lake area will be doing its celebrating this weekend on Saturday, February 17 at the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. If that scene is a bit too overcrowded and wild for your taste, or even if you are participating but want to take a break from it for a while, join us at JB Hook's for an incredible night out. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant may not be on the pub crawl route, but we still know how to make some tasty foods and delicious drinks with a bit of a Mardi Gras flair. We've even got our own live music in the bar area that evening, so you won't be missing out on any of the fun, just enjoying a calmer, more relaxing version of it.

Joe Farrell & The Continentals
JB Hook's features the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks in our bar area Monday-Saturday from 5:30-8:30 pm. This happens to fall during a portion of our amazing Happy Hour every Monday-Friday, so in addition to great music, you can also enjoy excellent drink …

Curious About JB Hook's? Take a Look at These Customer Reviews

There are lots of different restaurants in the lake area, but the delicious food, fantastic atmosphere, and attentive service that you receive when you dine at our Lake of the Ozarks seafood and steak restaurant make us the best choice for a wonderful meal. We always strive to provide impeccable customer service, and when our guests leave reviews like these, we know that we have achieved that. Here is what you can expect when you join us at JB Hook's

"Tabatha was GREAT!!!! She made our experience first class. My wife ordered the steak and lobster and I ordered the prime rib. Both were cooked to perfection!! During our meal, she asked what brought us in tonight and we told her for our 23rd wedding anniversary dinner. After taking our plates she returned with a large piece of cheesecake covered in a strawberry sauce at no charge to tell us happy anniversary. That type of service will make us a returning customer"
-Scott T, TripAdvisor review

"The staff was very knowle…

5 Tips For Planning A Romantic Valentine's Dinner Experience

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, and if you want to plan a romantic evening to share with your sweetheart featuring dinner at the best fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't wait. The sooner you start making plans, the better they will be and the smoother everything will go. JB Hook's has a few tips for you on how to fill this holiday date with romance. 

Plan Together or Surprise Your Date?
You know your Valentine best, so it's your call whether they will like a night filled with surprises or prefer to know what's in store. A mystery evening can be lots of fun if you don't mind doing all of the planning on your own. Just let your date know what to wear and when to be ready. If you map out the night together instead, you'll get the chance to work together to build an evening you know you both will love and can jointly look forward to.    

Make Dinner Reservations
Once you set the time you will be having that romantic dinner at JB…