Four of us ate here on a rainy Saturday evening in mid-September 2011. We are all in the 45-55 age range, for what it’s worth. Knowing that they do not take reservations, we tried to arrive before we thought most places in the area would start to fill up with evening diners. We arrived a little past 6:30, and they were about half-full.
We had some trouble finding the place. It’s tucked away in a little commercial complex in Corolla. After driving around the complex once, we must have missed the signage for it and decided to call and ask if we were in the right place. Unless we were/are simply not very attentive, I would suggest a sign (or a bigger one) at the entrance of the complex and closer to the place itself.
The place is a small bar with some dining space thrown in. Maybe 9 closely set tables for 4 and a bar that will seat perhaps ten. I can imagine this place being cramped during high season at Happy Hour. There are at least two flat screens (they were showing football when we arrived and throughout our meal) and a sufficient sound system. It is clean and functional, but if you want “ambience”, this is not your place.
The service was great. Our server (Jeff M. from PA!) had to take care of a large party, us, and I think a couple of other tables at about the same time, and he did so very coolly and efficiently. The kitchen also did a great job of cranking out the meals during the wave that we were a part of.
Drinks were good and reasonably priced.
The food was also good and reasonably priced. I’m going to be one of the rare reviewers to say that the Firecracker Shrimp (appetizer) were tasty, but nothing amazing. For some at my table, the rich sauce that they were covered in, along with the batter that they were cooked in, gave them a gooey-mayonnaise character that was a bit too rich for their taste. When used as a topping on a salad, these shrimp worked out much better than they did alone. We could not understand why a nice dinner-size salad with about the same number of these special shrimp as were provided as an appetizer cost only just slightly more than the appetizer! This made the appetizer seem like it was a bit overpriced.
I had the blackened fish tacos, and they were good. Some kind of special salsa with them would have been nice. The vegetables of the day were very good as well.
One of us had the fried chicken special, and that also was good.
Overall, we really liked this place because we felt like we were paying for good food, drinks and service without all the added costs that you find at some of the more upscale locations in Duck or Corolla. I would probably eat and drink here more than once during our next stay in the area.
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