Friday, November 6, 2015

Celebrate Nacho Day the RIGHT WAY!

They're cheesy, spicy, full of flavor, and sometimes messy, but they are absolutely delicious! Nachos are a family favorite, supposedly most craved by pregnant women, and certainly a food that deserves it's own day. If you're looking for the best place to get nachos at the Lake of the Ozarks, Salsa on the Strip can serve up the best nachos around. Our amazing toppings and fresh ingredients make Salsa on the Strip and ideal place to enjoy your evening.

"Nacho" Ordinary History Lesson

Nachos originated in Piedras Negras, Mexico, which is just across the border from Texas. On a random day in 1943, some American soldiers' wives came into the restaurant of Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya. It was closing time, and there wasn't enough ingredients to make a full meal, but Ignacio did have a few tortillas, some cheese and jalapenos. He tore the tortillas into pieces, and sprinkled the cheese and peppers on top, and stuck in the oven to melt the cheese. The women enjoyed this snack so much, and he called them "Nacho's especiales". Later on "Nacho" opened his own restaurant in Piedras Negras, and called it "Nacho's Restaurant". His original recipe was printed in 1954 in St. Anne's cookbook.

"You put WHAT on your Nachos??"

We're all about piling on the toppings with our nachos! Peppers, rice, cheese, salsa, olives and more. Chicken, beef, pork, and lots of vegetables are all delicious ways to spice up a great plate of chips - but there are a few creative (or weird) people who decided to change up the nachos dramatically. Check out these strange nacho ingredients!

  • Popcorn Nachos
  • Strawberry, Basil and Mascarpone Dessert Nachos
  • Sloppy Joe Nachos with sloppy joe sauce and ground beef.
  • Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce Nachos
  • Tuna Melt Nachos with Triscuits, tuna, jalapenos and ketchup
  • Sage Brown Butter Artichoke Nachos
  • Potato Nachos - just replace the chips with potato wedges
  • Reuben Nachos - complete with corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut and thousand island.

Salsa on the Strip's Nacho Fillings and Toppings

We have a delicious selection of toppings and fillings that are anything but ordinary. Everything here is full of flavor and spice. Our nachos are made with hot corn or flour chips, and then topped with an array of extras that will make your mouth water! Our seasoned white meat chicken, ground beef, Caribbean Barbacoa (specialty beef), and traditionally marinated Al Pastor (pork) are exciting ways to start your nacho experience. From several different salsas, to an amazing guacamole, and cheese, sour cream, and more, our toppings are so vast that you can create anything you can possibly imagine!

Best Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you're looking for a meal that can be enjoyed quickly or leisurely - you can guarantee that you'll find it here! You can build your delicious meal, and customize it any way you want for take or or dine in. Or you can head upstairs and enjoy a great time at the bar, watching the game or enjoying the fire pit on the patio. Whatever your dining preferences are, we aim to make it the best at the Lake! Come out and see what all the buzz is about at this new restaurant at the Lake!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Origin of the Burrito

Beyond the tacos, the nachos, and the infamous margarita, the burrito is a staple item at the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. The exact origin of the burrito is hazy, but there are a few interesting pieces in its long history.  Let's look at those possible origins, and at the history of an American favorite: the Mission Burrito.

Perfect Workplace Food

There are currently two stories that come to mind when the origin of the burrito is questioned.  One is that early Mesoamericans used tortillas to wrap food, with fillings like chilies, mushrooms, avocados, and other vegetables.  The other story begins with the Pueblo people in early Southwestern region of the United States.  Their tortillas held beans and meat sauces which are much closer to the modern style burritos.  Moving forward into the early 19th century, you still have two separate thoughts: Burrito's were created to store food by vaqueros (horse mounted livestock herder) or by the miners in Sonara, California for the same reason: they were easy to eat and then continue working.

The Origin of the Name "Burrito"

Juan Méndez was selling tacos from a stand in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Allegedly, he used a donkey for transport and to keep the food warm, he would wrap his food in large flour tortillas.  Dubbing the wrapped tacos as a Burrito or food of the little donkey, Méndez soon found out that the name had stuck. The date of this popular folklore legend has been lost in time.

The Birth of the Mission Burrito

The type of burrito known to most Americans originated in the Mission District of San Francisco in the 1960's and 1970's. Mexican taco shops, known as Taquerías, began to create larger than regular burritos and used a steam table assembly method, complete with wrappings in aluminum foil. Popular fillings included carne asada (beef), Mexican style rice, whole beans (non-refried), sour cream and onion.

1970's to the Present

Mission burritos exploded with popularity, and Taquerías across the city began to create them. A few motivated businesses even took the recipe across the American nation. Here at Salsa on the Strip, we've taken the Mission burrito to the next level by offering fresh ingredients, an array of fresh and homemade salsas, with many new fillings to try. of course, the traditional ingredients are always available. 

The History of the Burrito is Full of Mystery. 

Luckily, at the best Mexican restaurant at Lake of the Ozarks, you can ponder the origins while you bite into a larger than life Mission style burrito. Come and see what makes our restaurant the best place to eat at Lake of the Ozarks. From the food to beverages, and our venue, you'll find a fabulous place all wrapped into one nice little package on the Bagnell Dam Strip. Our upstairs patio and bar area make for a perfect place to sit back and watch the clouds drift by, or see the Strip come to life. Come out and spend a beautiful Autumn evening with us enjoying the best burritos at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Be Hoppy - Drink Beer

There's nothing hoppier than a cold glass of beer, a spicy Salsa Burrito, and a great seat at your favorite bar at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Salsa on the Strip we have 12 different beers on tap, just waiting for you to come enjoy them. Not to mention all of the other liquor we have, vodka, tequila, margaritas and more! Beer is an interesting and unique beverage, so we want to take some time to learn a little more about our favorite drink. Here are 7 fun facts to make you hoppy!

"Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be not way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer." - Dave Barry

1. Ancient Babylonians were the firs to brew this fine beverage. They also took it so seriously that if you brewed a bad batch, they punished you by drowning you in it.

2. Certain water in certain regions can be better suited to making specific types of beer. Dublin's mineral-rich, hard water is great for making Stouts.

3. Storing your beer bottles uprights makes it taste better. It minimizes oxidation and contamination from the cap.

4. Pilgrims on the Mayflower stopped at Plymouth Rock instead of continuing on to Virginia because they ran out of supplies...more importantly, they ran out of beer.

5. In 1814 a brewery tank with 3,500 barrels of beer ruptured, which caused a tidal wave of beer through a London Parish. 

6. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass. Never fear, at Salsa on the Strip, we can keep the glass full with the best beer at the Lake of the Ozarks!

7. The Vikings believed that there was a giant goat in Valhalla (viking heaven), who instead of providing milk, provided an endless supply of beer.

Salsa on the Strip

From great food to great beer, we aim to provide you with the best dining experience at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our menu has many delicious options from tacos, to burritos and nachos...the best part - it all goes good with beer! Even better than that, is we have a wonderful restaurant with many different seating options. Whether you're looking for something fast and casual, or a place where you can park yourself for the entire game - we have just the place. Our outdoor patio is also a great place to sit down and enjoy these beautifully cool evenings with friends. Without further 'ado, come out to Salsa and enjoy an evening on the Bagnell Dam Strip!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Today!

Today is the day that Mexico celebrates it's Independence Day! Even though we are in the United States, it's always important to know what our neighbors have gone through to achieve their own independence. Here are a few interesting facts to get you up-to-date on this day in history.
The people of Mexico were rebelling to fight for freedom from the Spaniards. They had been forced into slavery more that 300 years earlier.

There were many conspiracies about rebelling against the Spaniards between 1809-1810 those who were involved and discovered were punished in a harsh manner.

On September 15th, Father Hidalgo received news that he had been found out. He was among those that were involved in conspiracies. This news lead him to take quick action.

Father Miguel Hidalgo, a Roman Catholic Priest, rallied the town people of Dolores, Guananjuato on September 15, 18810 to give them the speech known today as El Grito do Dolores (The Cry of Dolores).

Traveling throughout Mexico, Father Hidalgo had a following of nearly 90,000 poor farmers and Mexican civilians. They united to rebel against the Spanish rule.

October 2nd was the selected date those involved in conspiracies had decided to take action against Spain.

Father Hidalgo was eventually captured and killed in 1811.

After the death of Father Hidalgo in 1811, there were two more significant fights that lead his successors to victory against Spain in 1821.

It took eleven years to defeat the Spaniards. The war for Independence was won in 1821.

Even after victory in 1821, it took Mexico two years for their first presidential election which was held in 1823.

Salsa on the Strip

We have the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks, so it's only fitting that we would celebrate this day. When you're looking for the perfect combination of delicious food, but also a casual atmosphere, we have just what you're looking for. From our delicious Salsa Burrito, to our amazing nachos, we have variety AND flavor. Come in tonight and celebrate Mexican Independence Day the right way!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This is "Nacho" Ordinary Dish

There's nothing ordinary about the nachos at Salsa on the Strip! When you're looking for a delicious combination of spice, flavor and excitement - you'll find it here. From the second you walk through the door to the time you sit down to enjoy your meal, you'll find an amazing experience. Keep reading for more information about our nacho menu, and some fun nacho facts!

Choose an Entree • Choose Your Fillings • Choose Your Sides

Our Nachos are served with delicious, hot corn or flour chips, and are ready for your toppings! We have several topping choices that will make your mouth water: chicken, ground beef, barbacoa, and al pastor. After you add the meat, you have many other delicious toppings to choose from to add the final touches to your fabulous creation. 

Fun Facts About Nachos

  • In Mexico nachos are called “totopos”
  • By popular poll, nachos are the food most craved by pregnant women.
  • The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates all the way back to 1949, from the book A Taste of Texas.
  • The University of Kansas set the record for the world’s largest plate of nachos on April 21, 2012 with an 80-foot long, 2-foot wide, 10-inch deep pile of chips, which broke the record by weighing in at nearly 5,000 pounds. Holy guacamole!
  • Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas has a nachos eating challenge called I can’t Drive 55 Dollar Nachos which is 8 pounds of nachos with 20 toppings. If two people can eat it in 55 minutes or less, it’s free. If not…it’s $55.

Salsa on the Strip

Whether you're looking for a place to grab a quick bite to eat, or a place you can sit down and enjoy the atmosphere - Salsa on the Strip is the place for you. Our menu has several popular favorites that the whole family will love, and our environment is fun and inviting. From the eating area downstairs to the fun bar upstairs, we have great places to sit and eat. Swing by this evening and enjoy a delicious plate of nachos, a cold beer, and a view of the Bagnell Dam Strip.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fun Facts About Labor Day

Happy Labor Day weekend from your favorite Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! The Lake will be hopping with excitement as people celebrate their three day weekend. How did Labor Day actually start? We have all of the answers for you in this blog. As well as an answer to the biggest question: why don't we wear white afterwords?

The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.

Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.

There is a disagreement about who actually propose Labor Day as a holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist. 

Historians say the expression "no white after Labor Day" comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacation and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.

Americans worked 12-hour days, seven days a week during the 19th century.

The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.

What do we celebrate on Labor Day? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.

Labor Day is on a Monday because it was thought to be a nice break between Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. The first observance was on a Tuesday, but then moved to Monday the next year where it remained.

President Grover Cleveland was the President when the bill was signed making Labor Day a national holiday in 1894.

Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st in Europe. It's also called International Workers' Day.

The team at Salsa on the Strip would like to wish you a fun, safe Holiday weekend. While you're out having fun this weekend, remember your favorite restaurant when you start to get hungry! We have an amazing menu with burritos, tacos, nachos and salads. The best part is they can all be customized just the way you like them! Come in and let us add a little SPICE to your Holiday weekend!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

National Just Because Day - Reasons to Visit Salsa on the Strip...Just Because!

There is nothing mundane about Salsa on the Strip! We have an amazing facility with delicious, flavorful, and spicy food. We're a new restaurant at the Bagnell Dam Strip, and we've had an amazing first summer! In case you need some reasons to enjoy "just because" day, here are a few reasons to dine with Salsa on the Strip...just because!

"Just Because" of Our Menu

Our Salsa Burritos are packed full of flavor and are absolutely delicious. We have a burrito bowl that is packed with the same delicious flavor, but without the tortilla. Our tacos are flavorful, and you definitely get a spicy bang for your buck! We also have taco salads, nachos and a fun menu for the kids. Our fillings are the highlight of your meal and so vast you'll probably have a hard time choosing! Between our chicken, ground beef, barbacoa, and Al Pastor, you're in for a delicious meal.

"Just Because" of Our Facility

Our facility is perfect for anything you need! On the lower level we have booths and tables, with televisions - as well as an outdoor patio. Whether you're enjoying lunch or dinner with us, you'll find this lower area to be a perfect place to relax and enjoy your meal! Our upper level is the real gem, with indoor and outdoor seating. You'll find a fun place to sit down and enjoy a meal, while up above the strip.

"Just Because" of Our Bar

Our fantastic bar is upstairs, where we have additional televisions. When you're looking for a good place to enjoy the big game, we have everything you'll need for a great evening! With 12 beers on tap, vast selections of tequila, vodka, rum and more, you're guaranteed a good time with us. Whether you choose to sit at the bar, or sit around our outdoor fire pit over the Bagnell Dam Strip, we have a great place for you to sit back and enjoy a drink.

"Just Because" of Our Location 

The Bagnell Dam Strip is a high traffic area, with many tourists and locals alike. It's not your typical tourist spot though, it's a timeless location, brewing with history and culture. When you spend your day with us, you're getting the old history combined with our new restaurant - you'll be enjoying a perfect combination of old and new. Enjoy a delicious burrito and then walk around the Strip for a great end to a summer evening!

As you can tell, Salsa on the Strip isn't just your normal restaurant. We're exciting, new and delicious! When you're looking for the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you've found the right place. We're also on the cutting edge of Mexican restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks, with our exciting location and fun atmosphere. This week through the weekend is the big Shootout, and while you're at the Bagnell Dam Strip, we'd love to serve you and your friends and family for this fun, big weekend. Come out and enjoy the finest Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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