I find Thursday’s are a great night to dine out. Busy enough to make a place lively but not stand-in-line busy. This week’s choice is another dining landmark – Marco Island’s own Snook Inn. Snook Inn is celebrating 30 years on the Island and still has the same owners. No matter your mode of travel, Snook Inn is easily accessible for casual dining seven days a week.
We started our evening under the chickee hut, having a cold one at the bar waiting for our other guests to arrive. Having Stella and Red Hook on tap made a good impression right off. Not to mention the fact that the bartenders were great fun.
Our guests arrived and we opted to stay under the chickee for dinner. Despite the warm evening, their outside fans and the Marco breeze keptthings comfy. Besides, there was music…seven days a week as a matter of fact from 6:00-10:00 pm. This night we were graced with the sounds of Ray Nesbit. Great music and just the right volume as to not impair our conversation.
Looking over the menu, I immediately gravitated to the many seafood choices. They refer to their signature items as Gifts From the Sea, and each one of the ten choices made it difficult to decide. I have to mention they also had Gulf Shrimp prepared five different ways AND five seafood sandwiches. One of them being a new Shrimp Burger which will have to wait for another visit.
All of us ordered entrees with their famous salad bar, so after spending a good amount of time chatting and catching up, we were off to it. I was very pleasedto notice that the server was paying attention, and did not put our order in until we left our table for the salad bar. I must say, coming from the land of many salad bars, the first thing that I noticed was how fresh everything looked. You could tell they turned the salad items often and kept the house made salads freshened. Then of course, there is the pickle barrel….and the fresh breadboard. The salad bar is also available for lunches.
I had one of the fresh catches of the day, Red Grouper, done Caribbean Style. It was presented well, and the portion of the grouper was impressive. It had a very nice island spiciness to it. My hubby had the Shrimp Denny, a beautifully presented plate with a generous number of gulf shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffedwith scallops, then lightly breaded and deep fried to a golden brown and topped with hollandaise sauce. It was a grouper night for us as the others had the Grouper Fingers and the Famous Grouper Sandwich. The fingers were prepared perfectly in a light crispy batter and the sandwich was exceptional.
Afterwards, we opted for one of their incredible speciality ice cream drinks…yummy. By the way, it is recommended by experts to sip your ice cream drink rather then slurp it through a straw to avoid brain freeze.
Relaxing after dinner, I really must expound on the beauty of the scenery at that time of the day. The generous waterfront dining that Snook offers is really incredible, and you can experience it both outdoors and indoors.
Our dinner companions are long time Marco residents and expressed the following sentiments about theSnook:
“The Snook Inn is to Marco Island like butter is to bread. It just would not be the same without it. So many items on the menu continue the tradition of great food that many have come to enjoy not only by land but by sea and in the heart of old Marco. There are only a handful of businesses that have remained an icon for over 30 years. Consistent, great service, same owners, and awesome food add up to a must visit for so many years.”
Could not have said it better myself.
Here are some important facts to know about Snook Inn thru September 4th: Open 7 days, 11 am – 10 pm with two awesome Happy Hours: 4-6 and 10-close, 7 days a week. Monday-Friday all you can eat dinner specials, including a seafood buffet on Friday night.
Great, now I’m hungry again.