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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Bring your own napkins here. Really! But more on that later.
This place had been getting a lot of attention during the early fall with the lure of a waterfront setting on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and a Maine lobster dinner for $9.99! They also boasted of a New York strip steak for the same $9.99! So on one sunny Sunday early in the afternoon, we decided to give it a try.
It's our understanding that this place used to be home to the old Florida Marine Patrol, now called something else. It's an interesting place, that's for sure. Not only do they serve meals here along with a full bar, they also sell everything from sun tan products to deep sea fishing trips to kayak rentals! I also saw some rods and reels in the dining room that looked like they were for sale, too!
I couldn't wait to check out that Maine lobster dinner for $9.99. Was it too good to be true? Yes and no! What they did not mention in the write-ups but what was explained on the menu to the restaurant's credit, is that the $9.99 lobster is a "medium" lobster with one claw that had been previously frozen. We used to live up in Boston and first of all, I don't think anybody sold frozen lobstahs up there. But a medium lobster missing a claw would be called a chicken cull in Beantown. Chicken referring to the small size (less than a pound) and cull meaning it was missing a claw or perhaps even both. The menu stated that if you wanted a live lobster, they had 'em for $19.99. We didn't see a $9.99 New York strip on the menu, for what it's worth. We saw a "steak of the day" for $12.99. I think that was the price anyway.
Our server wasn't really on the ball. She was very nice but just a little bit slow. The menus were in plastic sheets like they had just been taken out of a loose leaf notebook. Odd.
My wife and I decided to start with an order of "crazy nachos." They came to the table in a little paper container. The best way I could describe them is that there's somebody new in the kitchen and they are given an order for nachos. They question what to do and somebody tells them to just throw some chips in the container, pour some melted cheese over them, ditto for some chili with beans, sprinkle with Goldfish crackers (yeah, I know it sounds odd!) and take a fist full of jalapeņos and throw 'em on top. We've had better, a lot better. The chips tasted stale and most had no coating of cheese or chili while some were loaded to the point they were soggy. For $7.99, not a good choice for an appetizer.
We both ordered grilled Mahi Mahi sandwiches with a side of potato salad for our main meals. Whey they arrived at the table, they looked good and they were good -- very good. The Mahi was absolutely fresh and delicious. The buns were nicely toasted. The potato salad, also strangely sprinkled with Goldfish crackers, was bland and lifeless. Big chunks of potatoes with not much seasoning at all. The sandwiches were $9.99 each and worth every penny.
You can dine inside here or enjoy the deck on a sunny day and enjoy a marina view and the Intracoastal. We initially plopped down on the deck but the umbrella was not shielding us from the sun and it was pretty hot. So we retreated inside.
While the draw here is the view and cheap prices, most menu items weren't that cheap considering that this is a no frills place.
And as I said at the beginning -- bring your own napkins! The napkins served here were smaller than a Kleenex (about half the size) and pretty much worthless.
Lunch for two with two Diet Cokes, in the can strangely enough, came to about $34.00. Not a lot but not a cheap lunch, either.
Would we go back? I'm not sure. The Mahi Mahi was outstanding. The rest of the experience just so-so. I suspect we'll give it one more try and then make judgment!
They're a little hard to find. Check out their web site here for vectors, menus, and all the other services they offer. Hold on one minute. I just looked at their web site (not the best site on the planet) and I did not see directions. You'd better give them a call to find this place if you have any doubts. Their number is (904) 334-8408. Hint: They're just east of the Intracoastal waterway off of Beach Blvd. You have to turn north on 20th and wind around until you get to 2nd. Use your Garmin, TomTom or call them to avoid getting lost!