For patrons craving a little pork tenderloin, the Sandbar on Marco Island serves a fried sandwich for $7.99 that’s become so popular they sell about 75 of them a week in the summer. Come season, the number doubles. “It’s definitely a big hit,” Capri Sickler, the bar manager, said.
The sandwich starts out with thinly sliced, tenderized, fresh pork tenderloin that’s marinated in a Mojo sauce for two days. The tenderized meat is then beer battered and dredged in Italian bread crumbs before it’s lightly deep-fried and served on a Kaiser bun topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. Customers can choose from a side of fries or pasta salad and coleslaw, or if that doesn’t strike their fancy, opt for grilled veggies, the potato of the day, chips or a side salad. “It just tastes so good,” Sickler said. “It’s not a common thing, which makes it new to people.”
Al Landers, a regular at the restaurant, tried the sandwich for the first time Oct. 6, and had plenty of good things to say about it. “That was really good,” he commented.
If you purchase the sandwich on Mouthwatering Mondays, you’ll receive two-for-one drinks, but that’s not the only way to get a free drink on Monday. Any entrée purchase will get customers the BOGO free drink special.
The sports bar caters to a local crowd and promotes football specials through the season, as well as half-price pizza on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the purchase of any beverage. The Sandbar hosts a pool league once a week, and on Saturday nights, starting at 10 p.m. patrons can try the pork tenderloin and a shot at beer pong.
The Sandbar is located behind Walker’s Marina on Marco Island, and for all those fishermen on the island, you can bring in your own catch and have the cooks prepare it any way you like it for $7.99.
The sports lounge has been open 365 days a year for more than 20 years. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with games for everyone. Try your hand at pool, cherry master games, kid’s games and NTN trivia, or enjoy the bar’s seven 50-inch HD televisions, with 40 TVs in all.