Screw easter brunch and why not each lunch.
Yesterday my friends and I started our easter festivities on the later side deciding to beach it. My friend’s (I know, it’s shocking I have those) have been to this place called Frenchy’s before and said it was delicious and economical. The menu was definitely economical but, now I know why.
It was a little funny going to Frenchy’s on easter with our pastel, easter egg shaded dresses while tattooed, spring breakers sat close in skimpy bikinis. I do love the beach so I did love the idea of eating by the water in the sun, downing drinks. Even though I was not on spring break I certainly can drink like I am on one. That is just one of my many talents.
Unfortunately, it took us way too long to get to Frenchy’s since the average age
of a Florida driver is 70 years old whom are mostly blind, or just stoned. We all arrived to the vibrant, colorful beach shack at around 3:00 and were not so nicely greeted… clearly someone could not handle the heat. It was pretty busy inside, and definitely had the beach vibe. There was a crowded bar, and almost all the tables outside were occupied. When my friends and I said we wanted to sit outside, she looked around, and we noticed there were two tables next to each other so we suggested that she move them together to sit the 4 of us. When we sat down there were no utensils or napkins, however the restaurants’ own hot sauce was placed in the middle of the table which my hot mouth was melting to try.
Within 2 minutes of sitting, our eyes spotted the special $7 rum runner. We were in between the extremely reasonable $14 pitcher of sangria, but a frozen drink sounded delicious in the heat. Our waiter greeted us with enthusiasm, and seemed very cool. The menu featured florida favorites such as key lime pie, mahi mahi sandwiches and platters. They even featured a lobster special for only $22 that came with coleslaw, potatoes corn and butter! Yum! The restaurant had some Bahamian inspired foods, including a section dedicated to their many different types of grouper sandwiches. My friend ordered the appetizing fried buffalo grouper sandwich. Naturally when I saw conch fritters on the menu- it was a must as my apetizer.
Since, I am in the Bahamas (Harbour) every summer I tend to set a pretty high bar for conch fritters. When these overcooked, black crispy balls came out I realized my choice was not the best. The spicy aioli dipping sauce was delicious but then again it is hard to screw up an aioli. My friend ordered the scallop platter (under $20) that came with a small house salad and 2 sides. Her salad came before we received utensils so I stood up and asked the hostess for them. My friend loved her potato salad, however for the scallops– if you are used to eating giant diver scallops you might be confused by the little goldfish on your plate. When my Cajun grilled grouper on top of a caesar salad arrived, it did not look like Harbour Island grouper nor tasted like it. Then again my Bahamian taste buds are definitely spoiled by the fresh grouper my tongue has only been exposed to. I’m broke in college so I naturally ate most of it, the caesar dressing was fine and I appreciated the spicy crutons. The fish was grilled nicely but, just did not taste that fresh. Another comment is that the lettuce seemed sort of slabbed on the plate because, while I was cutting my fish and lettuce it was going all off my plate.
At last, we were finishing our landshark pitcher and I tried my friend’s sensational sangria which I highly recommend (did I mention there was brandy in it?). Our waiter came over before we finished our pitcher and (he mentioned it was his birthday earlier) did not ask if we wanted desert or anything else but, did ask if he could give us the check. I could tell he did a feel a bit bad, but I knew he wanted his party his face off. We obviously know how important it is to party on birthdays so we immediately gave in.
- Frenchys is a good restaurant if you are a tourist or like a fun beach atmosphere with fantastic fruit drinks.
- Frenchys is NOT a good restaurant if you care about table/food presentation and like your fresh freaky fresh.
- All in all Frenchys is a cool place but, I rather drink pitchers of sangria and rum runners than eat there.
- Located at: 351 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater
- Open everyday and mostly all day just not late night (for you night owls I mean they close early at like 11 and 12 weekends)
- Check out their specials & more: http://frenchysonline.com/locations/frenchys-south-beach-cafe/