So on Sunday Allison told me that she knew where she wanted to have lunch. This of course is quite unusual as we normally play our version of twenty questions: “Where would you like to eat?” “I don’t know, where would you like to eat?” etc. She printed out directions but that was about all of the detail that I was given.
After spending about 20 minutes trying to find the place (Google Maps missed this one by about 1.5 miles) we pulled into the parking lot of an RV park. I’m immediately wary, and the laminated menu posted out front offers little comfort. Compounding my concern was the fact that we were the only people eating here at noon on a Sunday.
This place has been named one of the most unusual restaurants in the world by several noted sources including Al Roker and Forbes.com. There are stuffed animals adorning most, if not all, of the available wall space. You can check out their website for more details.
Fortunately, my fears were completely unfounded. We sat out back on the covered patio, overlooking the Braden river (not a particularly spectacular view but nonetheless…) Allison ordered the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer plus the blackened alligator basket for her meal. I had the Island Basket, which is really just a fried clam basket with all the fixings.
The fried green tomatoes were delightful. Very lightly breaded, perfectly cooked and served very hot – like right out of the fryer hot – with a side of remolaude sauce. This was definitely a positive development. Allison thought that her alligator was very good and even proclaimed that it was not tough at all which was a touch surprising. The only negative she had was that it was rather fatty in places, which is another surprise. Served with fries, hush puppies and coleslaw this was a full meal for her.
The Island Basket was equally impressive. The clam strips were some of the largest I’ve ever seen. Some of the clams were as thick as my index finger and nearly twice as long. Again, perfectly cooked with not too much breading. This basket also came with the same sides – fries, hush puppies and coleslaw.
As we were leaving, we noticed that there were several tables inside now being utilized and more people coming in the door. Apparently it just gets off to a slow start on Sundays, or else others had the same problem finding it that we did.
Our only real complaint was that the service was pretty slow. So slow that we had to go find the waitress to settle our tab when we were done, and after we waited for about 10 minutes for her to bring it to us.
So, once again I’m reminded that you cannot judge a restaurant by where is located or by how it looks. Had it not been a destination for us, we would have kept on going – and missed out on some pretty tasty food.