There we were, sitting at the beautiful Sirata Beach Resort... Watching it rain on our vacation! But not to worry, we had a car and a guide book, and it was time to eat!
Florida vacations mean lots of different things to different people, but I’m going to be perfectly honest; we go to eat.
Our vacations typically consist of copious amounts of seafood interrupted by periods of relaxation. We love to get the fresh seafood that you simply cannot get in Colorado. Sure, we have some good seafood restaurants, but it’s just not the same as having fish next to the water.
We read about a new restaurant / pub called Crab Daddy’s in one of the brochures of where to eat in St. Pete’s and decided to give it a go.
Located at 678 75th Avenue, Blind Pass Inlet, Saint Pete Beach it was less than a 5 minute drive even with the rain.
We were somewhat turned off by the very cold AC blowing indoors, so we decided to check out the roof top bar.
If it had not been raining, we would have likely spent a lot of time on the roof of this cool little beach style bar, but the tiki hut theme provided no protection from the rain and while I love fresh seafood, I don’t necessarily need it swimming on my plate.
There is a large Pavilion area to the south of the main restaurant which could be home to some great watch parties and beach bands, but due to the liquid sunshine gracing us, it was closed off.
Back inside to find the warmest corner of the restaurant.
We felt a little silly with our party of 5 sitting at the big 10-top table, but as it turned out, we were glad we had the extra room.
Service was a bit spotty for a restaurant that has been open for over a month, but I give them a little pass for training errors and new staff. It took three people and two trips to the bar to find out if they had Landshark Lager on tap, and the server took two additional trips to the kitchen to find out how different foods were prepared.
We started off with a few baskets of fried goodness including calamari, oysters and scallops. Everything was well seasoned and tender as can be. This is often an issue with calamari, as it tends to turn into rubber bands if it’s over cooked.
My main meal was a “steamer basket” and showed up in a 2 1/2 gallon brew kettle.
The pot was filled with Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, Blue Crab, Andouille Sausage, shrimp, corn and potatoes. Everything had a generous dose of Old Bay seasoning and I was a happy as a clam... Especially since no clams were harmed in the cooking of this steamer!
Since three people at the table wanted to add a 1/2-pound serving of Snow Crab to their entree, we opted to order the 1 1/2-pound Crab Dinner and ended up with two extra sides for about a $2 saving over the cost of adding the crab.
Whenever a restaurant has rolls of paper towels and hot sauce on every table, you know you’re going to eat well, and if you leave this place hungry, it’s nobody’s fault but your own.
I cannot wait to go back to Crab Daddy’s next year and see how they have pulled things together after a year. Some places just take a while to find their sea legs, others fall completely apart. Given the potential of this cool little spot, I’m hoping they are sailing on smooth waters and a stiff breeze by the time we get back!
If you get a chance, stop into Crab Daddy’s or follow them on Facebook.