Just drive down Osage Beach Boulevard and the smell of smoky barbecue is sure to draw you straight into this Roadhouse, where you’ll be licking your fingers in no time.

Owners Mark and Brian Barrett, of the Barrett Restaurant Group, opened Wobbly Boots Road House in 2002 as the second of their three Lake-area restaurants. The first was Dog Days in 1993 and the third was Shorty Pants in 2005.

Mark had studied hotel restaurant management at Iowa State University, then did an internship at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Brian also graduated from Iowa State, then worked in agricultural business until moving to the Lake in 1994 to be more active in the restaurant businesses. The brothers decided to settle at the Lake because their family had vacationed every summer at the Lake of the Ozarks, and they had always dreamed of living there full time.

The restaurant business also came naturally to Mark. He worked in restaurants in high school and bartended in college. While interning at Tan-Tar-A, Mark found the property that is now Dog Days was listed for sale. The Barretts, with the investment help of family and friends, purchased the property June 5, 1993.

Wobbly Boots came next. They purchased J-Bar-J Barbecue in 2001 and used it as a base on which to build the Wobbly Boots brand. Wobbly Boots has expanded its food and drink selections to offer not only award-winning barbecue, but also top-notch comfort food and delicious seafood and salads.

A visit to Wobbly Boots is a tradition for many families that frequently visit the Lake area. The staff, many of whom have been there for more than a decade, are committed to making your visit a memorable one. Great service and delicious food await tourists and locals alike, and it stays busy through both lunch and dinner all year-round.

This unique restaurant is located in the heart of Osage Beach between the Grand Glaize Bridge and the Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace. It offers plenty of indoor seating, as well as an outdoor patio to enjoy during warmer weather. And come casual!

The menu is anchored by great barbecue including hickory-smoked baby back ribs and tender smoky beef brisket. Other favorites include Brown Sugar Salmon and the slow smoked prime rib available on Friday and Saturday evenings while it lasts!

Chef Bart Plemmons is originally from Osage Beach and got his training at Ozark Technical College. Bart has been with the Barrett Restaurant Group for 11 years. He started at Dog Days and is with Wobbly Boots full time. Bart feels he brings a change of pace in nightly specials. He becomes creative
with items that may be overlooked at times by others, turning them into wonderful evening dishes.

Wobbly Boots features a full-service bar with a constantly evolving whiskey and draft beer selection. Pull up a stool and enjoy your favorite while watching a game on the 110-inch high-definition TV. And don’t forget one of their great appetizers while you’re there! •

Pork & Apples

4 7-ounce pork chops

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil the grill and place the pork on grill. Cook 6 to 7 minutes on each
side. Remove from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes.

Apple Balsamic Reduction

3 cups green apples, diced
3 cups balsamic vinegar
1 cup red wine vinegar
3 cups brown sugar

Place everything in a pot, reduce by half or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Strain. Place pork chops on plate, topping with the apple balsamic reduction and serve.