On the Menu: Crazy over sushi at The Crazy Flamingo

Tom Wiliams visits one of Marco's favorite restaurants

Crazy Flamingo sushi: A Funky Tuna Roll and assorted veggie roll are crazy, tasty and Japanese!

Photo by TOM WILLIAMS // Buy this photo

Crazy Flamingo sushi: A Funky Tuna Roll and assorted veggie roll are crazy, tasty and Japanese!

Crazy Flamingo

1035 N. Collier Blvd. #313, Marco

Crazy Flamingo sushi: A Funky Tuna Roll and assorted veggie roll are crazy, tasty and Japanese!

Photo by TOM WILLIAMS // Buy this photo

Crazy Flamingo sushi: A Funky Tuna Roll and assorted veggie roll are crazy, tasty and Japanese!

The Crazy Flamingo's blackened grouper with seasoned fries and shaved onions.

Photo by TOM WILLIAMS // Buy this photo

The Crazy Flamingo's blackened grouper with seasoned fries and shaved onions.

New neon and sushi at The Crazy Flamingo.

Photo by TOM WILLIAMS // Buy this photo

New neon and sushi at The Crazy Flamingo.

The Crazy Flamingo's Steak ala Mama with sauteed cherry peppers, garlic,cracked pepper corns and seasoned french fries.

Photo by TOM WILLIAMS // Buy this photo

The Crazy Flamingo's Steak ala Mama with sauteed cherry peppers, garlic,cracked pepper corns and seasoned french fries.

Can anyone really be certain why The Crazy Flamingo is crazy? Can it be because of the incredible selection of domestic and imported beer icing away in a boat hold of slush ice for the crazy price of only $2 a bottle during happy hour?

Could be that some of the the lowest happy hour draft prices on Marco are at “The Bird” and are served at the crazy price of only $1.

Could a new sushi bar serving Japanese-style delights alongside the famous traditional island fare be the reason “The Bird” is a crazy but sensational Marco Island mainstay?

Is it because there is no roving wait staff, but a dynamic duo of bartenders that are constantly going crazy to make sure everyone is satisfied, comfortable and definitely not thirsty?

As we all know, Marco is an island that has a steady stream of visitors. Travelers from all around the globe are searching for paradise, and when they arrive, they often ask such questions as:

“Do you know where we can find a nice local pub-style bar that has great food at reasonable prices?”

“We are looking for something really unique. Is there a place where the locals go, that is casual and friendly? You know, the real thing — not touristy, something edgy!”

“Is there an oyster bar around, or a place we can get steamed clams?”

“What about a great place for burgers or wings — someplace special that everyone in the family will enjoy?”

Without a doubt, all of these insightful and frequently asked requests are waiting at the tried and true Crazy Flamingo. During July, The Crazy Flamingo celebrated a “bird bar” birthday and is now in it’s 19th year as a Marco Island favorite.

There really is something special about out very own “Bird Bar.” Over the years, “The Bird” has grown from a new-concept fledgling into a mature flamingo delight. New and innovative ideas are really the key to the “Crazy” popularity, and with a new sushi bar addition, “The Bird” is blushing with a new tangent of pink-pride success!

The Crazy Flamingo has gone from Bill and Hillary Clinton painted on the windows, to the ring toss game made famous in the Caribbean, to the entertainment house that has always hosted the best talent from our local musicians ever. Can we not all hear the echoes of the late and great Tim Crandall playing his heart out with Don McLean’s “American Pie?”

The Crazy Flamingo always has been, and remains today as a Marco Island icon. The atmosphere is fun with an edge, and “a raw slice of life” is served with every experience.

With the hot and sultry month of July a memory, and a full moon rising over Marco, the culinary adventuress and I were welcomed by everyone at “The Bird.” The place is just like that — everyone feels welcome and there is something for everyone. Raw bar? Seafood or grill? And now, sushi!

After staking a claim in one of the cozy corner tables, we settled in for the something-for-everyone “Bird Bar” experience.”

When the slush ice parted and Jeremy served incredibly ice-cold beer, we opted to start with the new sushi.

For $10, the Funky Ahi Tuna Roll with green onion and citrus wasabi sauce was a savory and sensational treat alongside a specialty assortment veggie roll for $15. Both selections were a tasty episode straight from Asia and served on a traditional wooden platter.

The sushi experience is complete with chopsticks, soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi. Our compliments to sushi chef Tim Kyaw, formerly of Sushi Blues.

After the delicious appetizers, our group decided to delve into a few crazy traditions and some new specialty items for summer.

For $ 16.95, the Steak ala Mama is defiantly a redo! With a tender and thick rib-eye steak grilled to perfection and topped with sautéed cherry peppers, garlic and fresh cracked pepper, this mama of a meal is made even better with “The Bird’s” classic crispy seasoned french fries.

On the seafood side of life, Vicki Lynn chose the blackened grouper for $12.99. With that spicy Cajun flavoring made famous in New Orleans, and with black beans and rice on the side, this long-established favorite is always a winner.

The Crazy Flamingo is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily with the fabulous fare served nightly until 1:40 a.m. The new sushi bar opens at 4 p.m. — everyday but Sunday — with a sushi happy hour from 4 until 5 p.m. featuring great discounted prices on everything crazy, tasty and Japanese. A web site can be visited at www.thecrazyflamingo.com and takeout and entertainment information is available at 642-9600

Our compliments to chef Sergio Cannu and crew: Paige, Bobby Joe, Tiki Tim, Rose, Cathleen, Desiree, Jeremy, Colleen, Adrian, Rick, Rich, Corey, and Jimbo! With a special thanks to manager James Hubbard, a gracious, patient and informative host.

For a dining experience for lunch or dinner, where the tastes, value and the overall experience is so good it’s crazy, drop by our very own “Bird Bar” and experience a raw but refreshing side of life that is truly unique.

Tom Williams debut adventure/thriller novel Lost and Found has been released by Archebooks and is now available on Amazon. A website with reviews and storyline is available at www.lostandfoundadventure.com

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