Showing posts from July, 2016

The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop - Family Fun for a Great Cause

We are lucky enough to live in an area that not only hosts the most fun and exciting events at the Lake of the Ozarks, but many of them are also thrown to benefit very worthy causes. The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop is one of those events, and it takes place right up the road from JB Hook's .  There is something fun for the entire family to enjoy at the Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop. There is a golf tournament on Friday, and Saturday includes a family fun zone and the unbelievable sight of thousands of rubber duckies being dropped into the Osage River below Bagnell Dam.  All of the funds raised remain in the area and are distributed among a long list of local non-profit organizations through the Ozark Coast Kiwanis Organization.  Get Your Duck Drop Tickets! For just $5 you can "adopt" a duck that will race down the Osage River and hopefully be the first to cross the finish line. A helicopter will fly overhead and drop the ducks at noon. First place will receive

The Surprising History of the Caesar Salad

The Caesar salad is an item that you expect to see on the menu at any fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks . Both as a side or as a main dish, this delicious salad is a popular item at JB Hook's . You have most likely ordered it quite a few times over the years, but probably haven't thought much about where this tasty creation originated. Well, you may be surprised to find out that the most popular origin story states that the recipe originated in Mexico. Mexico? An Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini came to America with his brother Alex after World War I. They lived in San Diego, California, but operated a restaurant in the early 1920's in Tijuana to avoid the restrictions brought about by prohibition.  According to Caesar's daughter, Rosa, her father invented this dish for a busy Fourth of July crowd after they began running out of supplies in the kitchen. As with many classic culinary dishes, something delicious came out of using the odds

Start Your Meal With Our Amazing Appetizers

People tend to focus on the main dishes when they search for the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks . The lunch and dinner options at JB Hook's are hard to beat, but don't forget about our appetizer menus too. They are filled with a wide variety of delicious flavors that will tempt any taste bud.  We have three separate appetizer menus: lunch, dinner, and our half-price Happy Hour. Many of these dishes appear on more than one menu, so you are able to get most of them at any time of day, but for this blog we have removed duplicate listings. 1/2 Price Appetizers  Available during Happy Hour in the bar, Monday-Friday 3-7 pm and Sunday 2-6 pm. (Hours change seasonally) Crunchy Grouper Fingers Tasty strips of Grouper rolled in frosted flakes, fried, and lightly drizzled with honey and raspberry chipotle sauce. One of our most popular items! Hooks Crunchy Grouper Sliders Our famous Grouper Fingers in mini sandwich form, served on slider buns with raspberry chipotl

Award-Winning Hot Summer Nights on the Bagnell Dam Strip

The award-winning Hot Summer Nights on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip take place on the second Friday of every month, all summer long, right up the road from our Lake of the Ozarks seafood restaurant . There are three more of these incredible events happening this year, including one big 50th anniversary celebration.  Start Your Night With Us JB Hook's is the perfect place to stop before all of the fun on the strip gets started. Visit us for our Friday Happy Hour from 3-7 pm, which includes the talented Mike V. and friends performing, then head on up the street for a blast into the past.  The excitement on the strip begins at 6 pm and generally wraps up around 11 pm. There are activities for the entire family to enjoy, like face painting and magicians, and it's absolutely free to attend. All makes, models, and years of every car, truck, and motorcycle are invited to line up along the strip and show itself off.  You will also experience music and entertainment, shoppin