Our family enjoys some good BBQ, and last week we decided to give Wobbly Boots Roadhouse a try. I had heard good things from our Lake of the Ozarks condo neighbors and friends, so we were not flying blind with our dinner choice.
Woobly Boots is conveniently located in Osage Beach just East of the Grand Glaize Bridge near the Premium Outlet Mall. Take the Passover exit off the 54 Expressway, turn right and it’s immediately on the left.
From the outside, Woobly Boots will not blow you way. The unmistakeable smell of the smokers draws you in and lets you know this place means business. You can enter from the front or the rear, and it seems the rear entrance is pretty popular.
As we entered, I was impresses with the interior wood decor and the amount of seating. We stood for a few minutes before we realized that you seat yourself. As we roamed for a kid friendly 4 top we found a few tables next to the smoking section where a bit “smoky” (not the good smoke smell). There is a bar area that had some nice counter high tables, but we decided on regular table next to the stage. We were greeted within moments by a friendly waitress asking for our drinks. They had happy hour special running until 7 (I believe), so the beer prices where very reasonable for the Lake of the Ozarks.
As we scanned the large menu, it was clear we weren’t in a typical BBQ joint. The menu is creative and has many options other then your typical pork, brisket, and chicken. There is a kids menu that offers a few options that include a side of fries and a drink for 4 or 5 bucks. We started off with some wings to keep the kids busy. The wings had the perfect amount of smoke flavor and were grilled to crisp the skin. Some of the wings were a little to charred for my kids liking, but I like them that way. The original house wing sauce we asked for on the side was outstanding. Perfect mix of tangy and spice. The boys used the BBQ sauce on the table and went to town. We did not try the other teriyaki or hot chipotle. These wings lived up to their billing, but we would have preferred more wings over the drummies!
For our entrees, my wife ordered the Hillbilly Cuban, which is a pulled pork topped with swiss cheese, ham and topped with pickle slices. The pork was piled high and very tender with excellent smoky flavor. The side of home made sweat potato fries fried where thickly cut and seasoned just right.
I ordered the two meat plate with pulled pork and brisket. I couldn’t decide between the two meats so I decided to get both. Wow, there portions were huge! Two people could have split this plate and been comfortably full. I preferred the pulled pork over the brisket. The brisket has a little more fat to trim then my liking, but others may like it that way. The brisket was nice and juicy which can be a challenge with a brisket. I know from trying to smoke them myself on occation. The pulled pork melted in your mouth and paired nicely with the house made BBQ sauce. The sauce is a little on the spicy side, but I like it that way. The BBQ baked beans were excellent with the prefect balance between sweet and spice.
My kids ordered the homemade mac n’ cheese and it was good as advertised. Creamy goodness just like grandma used to make. A far cry from the box versions.
The service throughout the meal was outstanding even though I think the restaurant was under staffed. She was definitely running her tail off, but did an excellent job. Our drinks were never empty for long. The food came at a reasonable time and our meal lasted a little over an hour.
One issue I did have was the restrooms. I can’t speak for the women’s, but the men’s restroom could use some attention. It was dirty and very old looking. It was surprising after seeing how nice and clean the rest of the restaurant was.
If you are looking for some excellent BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks give Wobbly Boots Roadhouse a shot. You will not be disappointed. Woobly Boots is an excellent value and offers a unique and friendly atmosphere.
Wobbly Boots Roadhouse
Lake of the Ozarks
4705 Hwy 54
Osage Beach, MO 65065
11 A.M. – 10 P.M., 7 Days a Week
11 A.M. – 1 A.M., Monday – Saturday
11 A.M. – Midnight, Sundays