Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Creme Brulee Day

July 27 is National Creme Brulee Day! Here at JB Hook's, you can enjoy our specialty creme brulee dessert after a delicious dinner. It's the perfect way to end a meal at our Lake of the Ozarks steak and seafood restaurant. The sweetness of the cream paired with the caramelized sugar makes for a truly unforgettable dessert. While we know that creme brulee is a tasty dessert, have you ever wondered about its origins? JB Hook's has all the details about this French dessert to help you celebrate National Creme Brulee Day.


It's Long History

Like most things in the food world, it's hard to trace back where creme brulee was first created, however, we have a good guess and when it was invented. One of the first recordings of this delicious dessert was in France in 1691, but its origin might not be French at all. England, Spain and France all claim to have created the first version of creme brulee, but custards were very popular in the Middle Ages. In fact, its popularity circulated all across Europe, so it's impossible to trace custard's actual roots. To top it off, things get really fuzzy when it comes to who was the first to caramelize sugar on top.

Early French versions of the dessert didn't burn the caramel on top like the version we know today. Instead, they placed a previously prepared caramel disc on top of the custard. Trinity College in Cambridge also claims to be the birthplace of creme brulee but called it Trinity Burnt Cream. A student came up with the dish in the 17th century. The college crest was burnt into sugar on the custard. The college is still well-known for making this dish, however, their version is unsweetened and thicker. Catalans claim their 'crema catalana,' which is a rich custard topped with caramelized sugar was the inspiration for the creme brulee, but it's origins begin in the 18th century.


Celebrate Creme Brulee Day At JB Hook's

There is no better place to celebrate National Creme Brulee Day than at JB Hook's! Our version of creme brulee is the perfect way to end any meal at the best seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. At JB Hooks, we have several desserts to choose from, so make sure to ask your waiter for our delicious dessert menu, but the creme brulee does come highly recommended!

The next time you join us for a meal, make sure you save room for dessert! Whether you're coming in for a romantic date night or coming with the family, you'll be sure to have an enjoyable night with JB Hook's. We're open daily at 11:00 AM for lunch year round and begin serving dinner at 5:00 PM. The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks is Sunday - Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM and features specials on well drinks and house wines including our homemade sangria! You can also enjoy half price appetizers during Happy Hour. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Hour Appetizers at JB Hook's!

The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks happens Sunday - Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM, and features great drink specials and delicious half-price appetizers! There are so many great reasons to join Lake of the Ozarks' best seafood restaurant for Happy Hour from the great live music to the tasty appetizers you can enjoy for an amazing deal. If you're planning on joining us during the happiest of hours, here are some of the delicious appetizers you can enjoy for half price!


French Dip Sliders - Delicious, thinly sliced slow roasted beef cooked to perfection stacked between toasted Hawaiian buns and topped with Swiss cheese. Served with Au Jus.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos - Fresh jalapeno's stuffed with smoked tomato basil cream cheese wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon.

Ahi Tuna Tacos - Fresh tuna spiced and served in a Wonton shell with avocado salsa, Thai chili sauce and wasabi cream cheese.

Fried Green Beans - Lightly battered green beans fried to perfection. Offered spicy or regular. Served with Housemade Chipotle Ranch dressing.

Bleu Cheese Chips - A generous portion of our homemade chips, covered with bleu cheese crumbles, dressing and bacon.

Pot Stickers - Dipped in our special spicy soy sauce.

Crab Rangoons - Stuffed with crab meat and seasoned cream cheese.


Smoked Salmon Baguettes - Thinly sliced cold smoked salmon on toasted baguettes. Served with dill caper cream sauce and finished with balsamic reduction.

Bam Bam Wrap - Cajun dusted shrimp, wrapped in a flour tortilla with lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise.

Hook's Famous Crunchy Fingers  - Delicate, flaky, sustainable Pacific white fish, rolled in frosted flakes, fried to golden brown and drizzled with honey. Served with over Raspberry chipotle sauce.

Irish Crostini  - A generous portion of fried baked potato crostinis topped with melted cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, tomatoes, chives and chipotle ranch.

Hook's Cheeseburger Sliders - Fresh ground steak topped with caramelized onion and American cheese stacked between toasted slider buns.

Smoked Tomato Cream Cheese with Lavosh Crackers  - Cream cheese, smoked roam tomatoes and fresh basil. Served with lavosh crackers.


Fried Portabellas - Thick slices of Portabella mushrooms lightly breaded and fried to perfection. Served with Housemade bleu cheese dressing.

Mesquite Chicken Satay - Zesty chinks of marinated chicken breast, red peppers & onions skewered and mesquite smoke in house. Served with pineapple dill cream sauce.

Hook's Coconut Shrimp - Four large shrimp encrusted in coconut and deep-fried golden brown served with jezebel sauce.

Hook's Beer Battered Onion Rings - Thick cut yellow onions, hand battered and deep fried. Served with chipotle ranch dressing.

Are you hungry yet? Happy Hour at JB Hook's is Sunday - Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! You can enjoy these appetizers for half price along with some great drink specials. So head on over to the best seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We also have great live music from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, so check out our live music calendar at www.JBHooks.com to see who's playing and when. See you soon!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

5 Fun Facts For Crab Lovers

At JB Hook's, we LOVE seafood! From oysters to lobsters and everything in between, you can't go wrong with a good seafood dish. Many of our favorite dishes like our house special stuff lobster tail, feature crab. So, we wanted to learn a little bit more about this popular shell fish that's in many of our favorite dishes.


Five Fun Facts For Crab Lovers

1. Did you know that both crabs and lobsters are decapods, meaning they both have 10 limbs? Other decapods include crawfish, prawns and shrimp. Although crabs are decapods, some crabs are not considered true crabs like King Crabs, Horseshoe Crabs, Hermit Crabs and Porcelain crabs, as they do not have 10 limbs.

2. Crabs typically walk sideways, as the crab's legs are attached to the side of its body. The bending of the knee towards the front makes walking forward easier, however, on crabs, their joints bend outwards, which enables them to only move sideways. However, there are some species of crabs that can walk forward and backward and some are even capable of swimming.

3. There are over 4,500 species of crabs, and they live in all the world's oceans, in fresh water, and even on land if they're able to keep their gills moist. Most crab species are found in the shallower ocean waters where the crabs tend to inhabit rocky pools and coral reefs.

4. Crabs vary in size, color and appearance. The smallest species, Pea Crab, are under an inch in length, while the largest species, Japanese Spider Crab has a leg span of 10 - 15 feet long, and one crab that measures nearly 18 feet, which is huge considering the body only grows to be just over a foot wide. The most colorful crab in the world is the Sally Lightfoot Crab. The shell features red, orange, yellow and white.

5. If a crab loses its claw, it's no big deal, as it can grow back! The new claw starts out smaller than the original and will continue to grow through molts. After three molts, a claw can regain 95 percent of its original size. However, a claw is not the only appendage a crab can lose. Many lose legs as well, but just like with claws they can regenerate through molts.


Delicious Dishes At JB Hook's That Feature Crab!

Stuffed Mushrooms - Large mushroom caps stuffed with crab, spinach and herb cream cheese.

Captain John's Crab Cakes - Two succulent lump crab bakes pan fried and served with raspberry chipotle sauce.

Hook's Milan - A mild flaky orange rough fillet pan seared and topped with a white wine garlic cream sauce with sauteed artichoke hearts, mushrooms, fresh basil, lump crab meat and finished with Parmesan cheese.

Alaskan King Crab Legs - One pound of King Crab Legs steamed in spices and served with drawn butter.

Hook's Stuffed Lobster Tail - Our signature one pound Australian Lobster Tail stuffed with Alaskan King Crab, fresh herbs, and panko breadcrumbs, oven broiled and served with pan seared day boat sea scallops and gulf shrimp in a classic scampi sauce.


If these dishes are making you hungry, head on over to our Lake of the Ozarks seafood restaurant. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM with lunch specials available every day! The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks happens Sunday - Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM and features drink specials and half-priced appetizers. We hope to see you soon!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Celebrate National Caesar Salad Day At JB Hook's

The Caesar Salad is a dish that is often found at any fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether it's a side dish or the main course, this salad is a fan favorite at JB Hook's. While you may have ordered this dish many of times, you probably haven' thought much about the history. And you may be quite surprised to learn about how and where this delicious dish originated.


According to legend, an Italian-American restaurateur named Caesar Cardini invented this delicious salad in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. That's right! This delicious salad has no ties to Rome and Julius Caesar. Cardini owned a restaurant in this tourist destination to supposedly attract Americans who were frustrated by Prohibition. While the exact details are a bit fuzzy, the general consensus is that over Fourth of July weekend, Carini's restaurant was busy and he was running short on supplies and didn't want to disappoint his customers, so threw together a bunch of ingredients he had on hand and served his concoction to his friends. Needless to say, the improvised dish caught on and was loved by his patrons.

Like many dishes, the origin of the Caesar salad is highly disputed. Various staff members from Caesar's kitchen say they came up with the recipe while working there. Even his brother, Alex, claimed he developed the dish, but he named it the "Aviator Salad" in honor of the pilot's he flew with in the war.


No matter who put the ingredients together first, as it became a popular dish, patrons would say, "Let's go to Caesar's and get that salad." The title of "Caesar Salad" was an easy transition from that.

The famous chef Julia Child fondly remembered visiting Caesar's restaurant as a child with her parents. She recounts her experience in her cookbook Julia Child's Kitchen:

"My parents, of course, ordered the salad. Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl, and I wish I could say I remembered his every move, but I don’t. They only thing I see again clearly is the eggs. I can see him break 2 eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them. Two eggs in a salad? Two one-minute coddled eggs? And garlic-flavored croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese? It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe."

Over the years, the recipe has changed slightly. However, it always contains romaine lettuce, croutons and Parmesan cheese. The dressing is made up of various ingredients that every chef likes to play with a bit.


The Caesar salad that comes out of our kitchen is one that we are very proud of. If you would like to make it a bit heartier, we can add Ahi tuna, grouper, salmon, mahi-mahi, shrimp, or chicken. Stop by our Lake of the Ozarks lake view restaurant and give our version of the classic Caesar salad a try. We'd love to hear what you think about it.

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