I went here when it first opened under the previous owners for breakfast & really enjoyed it. My next few experiences were not so good. I'm all about 2nd chances-especially when the new owner is a chef! I have a healthcare background so I'm all about cleanliness. I like water views- but there has to be more than that for me to want to return.
We arrived about 4:15 today. We had a rather funny beginning to our dining experience here as a septic truck was parked out front doing their thing-needless to say the parking lot smelled nasty. Thankfully, once inside...& then outside again on the lovely screened porch, there were only pleasant odors!! (The septic truck was gone by the time we left).
Our arrival time was perfect as we were able to partake in Happy Hour ($1 off Beer & Wine), lunch & dinner!! Our server, Tony, was the personable & attentive! We chose Sweet Chili Grouper Fingers ($14) & Buffalo Shrimp ($10.50) for our appetizers. Both were perfectly lightly fried & had ideal seasoning (Grouper Fingers had wonderful dipping sauce & the good sized shrimp were covered in excellent buffalo sauce).
For soup, you can order Clam Chowder (Goodland White) , (Red) Conch Chowder OR a combination of both, which is what my hubby did. He never had Conch Chowder before & really enjoyed this combo!
My entree was Key Largo Blackened Grouper ($25) & it was incredible! I ordered Steak Fries for the side & they were wonderful also! These were not your typical steak fries! I have to add that the food is presented beautifully!
By the time we left, all of the tables closest to the water were full. I noticed the fabulous server, Tony, running drinks out to the pier where patrons who were waiting for their food were having cocktails.
The atmosphere is wonderful! There is a wide water view of the 10,000 islands, lots of wildlife including pelicans, other birds & crabs climbing on the outside of the screened porch! Also, there was a yellow & blue parrot hanging out in the parking lot on the railing that could be seen on the screened porch. Apparently, a bar patron brings his parrot along & the parrot is happy to hang out outside! Upon leaving, I said hello & goodbye to the parrot & the parrot responded hello & goodbye!
I'm picky when it comes to liking a restaurant & this place really had it all! Also, the women's bathroom was spotless & thoughtfully had a 2nd mirror which was full length.
I agree with the other poster that said to make reservations for this place to ensure you can dine here & ideally be seated directly next to the screen where you can feel the island breeze & enjoy the views the best!