Thursday, October 27, 2016

Marvelously Mixed Martinis From JB Hook's

James Thurber, an American writer, once said, "One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough." While we would never encourage anyone to overindulge in any alcoholic beverages in one sitting, you will want to come back often so you can try all of the amazing martini varieties that our bartenders have come up with. We only hire the very best mixologists at our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant

Martini Fun Facts
JB Hook's offers many signature martinis that each have their own unique ingredients. The original martini recipe was made with only gin and vermouth, and garnished with either an olive or a lemon twist. Today, most martinis are made with vodka, but they are not limited to only those two spirits. Garnishes come in all types now too, usually matching the flavor of that particular drink. Now, how about a few interesting martini facts.

  • There are three popular ways to order a classic martini. These are:
    • Dry - made with dry vermouth and gin or vodka
    • Dirty - a splash of olive juice added
    • Perfect - made with equal amounts sweet and dry vermouth plus gin or vodka
    • Gibson - garnished with a pickled onion
  • The Martini glass has been around longer than the actual drink it is named for. It was very popular to serve cocktails in during Prohibition.
  • It is acceptable to serve a martini poured over ice in an Old-Fashioned glass.
  • James Bond had it wrong! A shaken martini (called a Bradford) is delicious, but can cause the drink to become over-diluted from the broken shards of ice. Stirring is originally the correct way to prepare this cocktail. 

JB Hook's Signature Martinis

Hooked Perfect Cosmo
Absolut Citron, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry juice

Blueberry Nights
Blueberry vodka, blueberry liqueur, and vanilla vodka

Arnold Palmer
Sweet tea vodka, fresh lemon, citrus vodka, triple sec, and sweet & sour

Sour apple vodka & sour apple Pucker

Pomegranate liqueur, citrus vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime

Cherry Limeade

Cherry vodka, citrus vodka, fresh lime, triple sec, sweet & sour, and grenadine

Orange Creamsicle
Orange-cream vodka, triple sec, vanilla vodka, half & half, and OJ

Raspberry Regal
Raspberry vodka, faspberry liqueur, and sweet & sour

Pineapple Paradise
Coconut rum, melon and banana liqueur, and pineapple juice

Espresso Martini
Fresh espresso, vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, and espresso vodka

Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, espresso & vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and amaretto

Crème Brulee
Vanilla vodka, butterscotch Schnapps, half & half, and Irish Cream

Hooked Kiss Martini
Godiva white and dark chocolate liqueurs, hazelnut liqueur, and the rest... is our secret!

JB Hook's, Lake of the Ozarks, martinis

What'll ya have? 
If you aren't necessarily a martini fan, don't worry, because we have an amazing array of mixed drinks on our menu in addition to these, plus talented bartenders that can mix up whatever your heart desires from our fully stocked bar. There are also many wonderful beers, excellent wines, and of course, JB Hook's famous housemade red and white Sangrias. They each pair nicely with all of the dishes from the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Join us soon, pull up a chair, order a drink, and get ready for a delicious evening.  

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Friday, October 21, 2016

JB Hooks Proudly Supports the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event!

The best seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is excited to announce that we are once again supporting the March of Dimes by participating in the upcoming Signature Chefs Auction event at the Lodge of Four Seasons.  This event is an evening of culinary excellence, and JB Hook's will be showcasing some of it's finest menu items.  

The event occurs on Wednesday, November 9th starting at 5:30pm and will showcase one of the best silent and live auctions of the year.  This can't miss event is attended by hundreds of people, and the money raised will improve the lives of countless premature babies, along with helping their families.

Our SCA Menu
This year, Chef Ferguson plans to serve a few different, delicious items from JB Hook's. The table will feature our Smoked Tomato Cream Cheese Spread with Lahvosh crackers. We will also be pan searing Cajun dusted scallops and serving them with a sweet vermouth cream sauce and hollandaise.  In addition to all of that, Chef Ferguson will be carving a beef tenderloin roulade encrusted with Dijon mustard, Panko bread crumbs, and horseradish, and filled with lobster, crab, shrimp, and cream cheese. And of course, as always, we will have glasses of our housemade Peach Sangria too!   

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The Mission of the March of Dimes
Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. The March of Dimes is working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to premature births, the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them.

March of Dimes chapter staff and volunteers invest time and resources in local programs and activities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, playing a vital role in improving maternal and child health in their communities. As respected leaders in the field of maternal and child health, the March of Dimes is uniquely positioned to partner with local and state public and private health care systems and organizations to enhance and expand the services available to women and their families.

Chapter staff and volunteers partner with local health agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, hospitals and others to determine the most pressing maternal and child health needs and to develop a multiyear strategic plan that will positively impact the health status of communities. Staff and volunteers then work to enhance and expand community services, and to improve systems of care for mothers, babies and their families through leadership, educational programs and community grants.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is an annual fundraiser that is always in good taste! The gala showcases enticing culinary creations from the Lake of the Ozarks top chefs along with distinctive, one-of-a-kind auction items and experiences.

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JB Hook's and Chef Bill Ferguson
You can count on an extraordinary menu from JB Hook's for this event.  Chef Ferguson will be showcasing delicious menu items, including samples from our fantastic appetizer menu and our award winning entree menu.  You can count on something truly special this evening from the Lake of the Ozarks best steak and seafood restaurant.  Once you sample our dishes from this event, you will know that a visit to our lake restaurant is a must.  JB Hook's offers an incredible panoramic view of the Lake of the Ozarks, combined with a world-class steak and seafood menu.  Oh, by the way, our happy hour is the best at the lake...something all of our locals know already!

See you on November 9th.  For more information on the Lake of the Ozarks event, please visit:

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Best Seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks

October is an excellent time to dine at JB Hook's because it happens to be National Seafood Month, and we just happen to serve the best seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks! Our menu is filled with amazing variations on all types of ocean and freshwater fish dishes.

Benefits of Eating Seafood
First and foremost, one amazing benefit of dining on seafood is the fact that it tastes fantastic, but that's not the only reason you should focus on these menu items when you sit down for a meal. There are lots of health benefits to eating a diet that includes fish. It is recommended that you have at least 2 servings of seafood every week for proper nutrition.

Most seafood is packed with omega-3 fatty acids. This particular nutrient is extremely heart healthy, can reduce blood pressure and depression, and may reduce tissue inflammation, alleviating symptoms of arthritis. Seafood is also an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.  

Our Delicious Seafood Menus
No matter what time of day you come in to dine at JB Hook's, you will have a wide variety of choices to pick from. Our lunch, dinner, and half-price Happy Hour menus feature many mouth-watering seafood dishes. Below we have listed a few of our most popular items. 


Fish & Chips
1/2-lb of hand battered Cod filet, fried to perfection and served with coleslaw & raspberry chiotle sauce.

Captain John's Crab Cakes
2 succulent lump crab cakes, pan fried and served with raspberry chipotle sauce.

Island Tilapia
Blackened Tilapia topped with mango chutney.

Hook's Coconut Shrimp

4 large shrimp encrusted in coconut and fried to perfection. They are served with Jezebel sauce.

Bam Bam Shrimp Wrap
Lightly battered shrimp drizzled with a sweet and spicy chipotle sauce, wrapped in a flavored tortilla with lettuce and tomato.


Crunchy Grouper Fingers
Tasty strips of Grouper rolled in frosted flakes, fried and lightly drizzled with honey, and served over Raspberry Chipotle sauce.

Ahi Tuna Tacos
Crispy wonton shells stuffed with sushi grade Yellow Fin Tuna & fresh avocado salsa. Served with sushi ginger & wasabi sour cream.

Crab Rangoons

Wonton envelopes stuffed with crabmeat & cream cheese.


Hook's Stuffed Lobster Tail
Our Signature 1-pound lobster tail stuffed with king crab & Panko bread crumbs, oven-broiled to perfection and finished with Dayboat sea scallops & shrimp in a classic Scampi sauce.

Red Snapper Linda
Grilled Red Snapper topped with lump crab and capers in a classic Supreme sauce.

Alaskan King Crab

1 Pound of king crab legs steamed in spices and served with drawn butter.

Hook's Milan
Orange Roughy is pan seared and topped with a white wine garlic cream sauce with sauteed artichoke hearts, crimini mushrooms, fresh basil, lump crab, and finished with Parmesan cheese.

Fresh Day Boat Scallops Rockefeller
Fresh Dayboat scallops lightly Cajun dusted and pan seared, served over a bed of sauteed spinach, onion, and bacon, then finished with a sweet vermouth cream sauce topped with hollandaise.

Salmon Du Jour
Our chef's daily signature creation prepared with the finest quality ingredients.

That is just a small sampling of the delicious seafood that we have for you at the best fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, and seafood is only a portion of the diverse menu items that come out of our kitchen. We also offer savory steaks, pasta, poultry, pork, and more to tempt your taste buds. National Seafood Month is a wonderful excuse to make plans to eat at JB Hook's, and we're sure once you taste a few of our menu items, we'll be seeing you back often to try our other dishes. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

There is a glorious chill in the air, and our gorgeous lake area scenery will soon be turning from lush green to a rainbow of fall colors. In addition to the spectacular scenery that surrounds us, there are lots of fun events and activities going on for area residents and autumn lake visitors to enjoy. 

JB Hook's has gathered a few of these together for you in today's blog. Each one is located only a short trip away from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks seafood restaurant, so you'll be able to join us after the excitement and tell us all about it!

Pumpkin Patches
All throughout the month of October, you can visit these local pumpkin patches, have a little fun, and pick up some seasonal decor to take home.

  • MECCCA Family Farm - Open Saturdays & Sundays in October from 10 am - 5 pm, they offer family fun activities. Find them at:
  • Cave Pumpkin Patch - Open Saturdays & Sundays in October, you can find out more about them on their Facebook page. 
  • Hy-Vee Pumpkin Patch - Open daily during regular store hours in Osage Beach, with family-fun activities taking place on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 am - 6 pm.  

Zombie Wasteland Haunted House
Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 8-29
This Halloween event will take place 3 nights every week in October starting this Saturday. The cost is $10 per person, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Half of all ticket sales will be donated to Kids Harbor. The "wasteland" is located at 1159 N. Business 5 in Camdenton.  

Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show
Oct. 8 & 9
The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host a wide array of vendor booths from local merchants that provide products and services for your home, sporting activities, and lifestyles necessities. There will also be presentations on the main stage all weekend. It is meant to show how wonderful life here at the lake can be. Show hours are 9 am - 5 pm Saturday, and 10 am - 3 pm Sunday at the Lodge of Four Seasons. For more information, visit:   

Totes For TaTas
Oct. 11
This annual event is held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raises money to benefit the Lake Regional Cancer Center's Hope Program. Both live and silent auctions are held for new and gently used purses, totes, and wallets. The $20 admission fee includes a bid number, drink tickets, and appetizers. It takes place at the Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach from 5-8 pm. 

Apple Butter Days
Oct. 14 & 15
This fun fall festival at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek is open from 9 am - 5 pm each day. You will experience home made apple butter, local crafters, free museum tours, Civil War Era history, old-time craft demonstrations, delicious food, and more. For more information, visit:   

Pumkin Chunkin Palooza
Oct. 15
This fall festival presents hourly "pumkin chunkin" exhibitions, where pumpkins are flung far and wide from a catapult. There is also a Largest Pumpkin contest, Best Decorated Pumpkin contest, a 5K Run/Walk, live music, vendor booths, beer and wine tastings, kids' activities, and more. It is located at the Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, and is open from 11 am - 6 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, free for kids under 5, or you can purchase a family pass for $20. The 4 lake area Rotary Clubs will use the proceeds to benefit Kids Harbor, Westlake Aquatic Center, Lake Area Food Pantries, and Lake Regional Hospital. For more information, visit:   

Howl-O-Ween Festival
Oct. 15
The Dogwood Animal Shelter in Osage Beach hosts this event for both 2-legged and 4-legged attendees from 10 am - 3 pm. It will feature local crafters and vendors, a bake sale, a pet costume parade, tricks for treats, and tons of fun. For more information, visit:    

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers
Oct. 15
This team of Japanese drummers perform a high energy show that integrates traditional Japanese instruments with jazz, dance, and athleticism. The show begins at 7 pm at School of the Osage Cummings Auditorium. There will be an interactive workshop with audience members following the performance. For more information, visit:     

CADV Brunch
Oct. 19
The Center Against Domestic Violence hosts this incredible fundraiser every year to raise funds and raise awareness about domestic violence. Local restaurants donate the food, and JB Hook's is very proud to be one of these restaurants. Volunteers decorate tables for the brunch in the theme provided. This year's theme is "Favorite Decade." Table sponsorships are available, and individual tickets are $20 each. It takes place from 11 am - 1 pm at the Lodge of Four Seasons. For more information, visit:  

Halloween Trick or Treat on the Strip
Oct. 22
Just up the road from JB Hook's, the historic Bagnell Dam Strip will host trick-or-treating at participating local businesses along the strip from 1 pm - 4 pm. There will be costume contests for both children and adults. For more information, visit:

Lake Regional Cares For Kids Festival
Oct. 22
From 10 am - 1 pm, Lot B of Lake Regional Hospital will offer great activities for families to enjoy. These include: a free hot dog lunch from 11 am - 1 pm, emergency vehicle tours, car seat safety checks, face painting, pumpkin painting, games, crafts, inflatables, a hay maze, a costume contest, and more. The first 200 kids to arrive will get a free Lake Regional Cares for Kids t-shirt. For more information, visit:

Hy-Vee Hallow Trick-or-Treat Maze
Oct. 27
Hy-Vee's pumpkin patch in Osage Beach offers safe trick-or-treating and family fun from 4-7 pm. Entry is $2 per child, and all money raised will be donated to the Dream Factory and Wonderland Camp.  

Join Us At JB Hook's After the Events
Fall is an amazing time to be at JB Hook's. Every seat offers an uninterrupted view of the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks from the comfort and warmth of our indoor dining room and bar. Just because it's chilly outside, that doesn't mean you have to lose access to the lake view.

The bar in our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant is fully stocked to provide you with hot, delicious cocktails to fight the chill of any autumn evening. One of those, along with our mouth-watering menu items, is a treat for any taste bud. Have a wonderful time at the lake this October, and be sure to stop by often and fill us in on all of the fun you are having. 

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