1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco
1105 Bald Eagle Drive
Upon entering the cozy pub side of the restaurant, I inhaled a deep breath and the wonderful aroma of fresh garlic and spices sautéing in the kitchen overwhelmed me. I knew that if the food tasted as good as it smelled, we were in for a treat.
My husband Mike and I sat at a high table next to the window. He was immediately taken in by the music and the concert memorabilia that graced the walls of this quaint room, including autographed vintage guitars, drumsticks and framed concert tickets. In the corner, over the bar, is a flat-screen TV suspended from the ceiling and positioned to entertain you all through the evening with great old music videos; everything from Cher to Alan Jackson.
Shortly after being greeted by Tom, our pleasant and knowledgeable server, we were served a basket of warm, crusty, French sourdough bread. It smelled so good; I couldn’t resist sampling. Mike, of course, indulged and loved every minute of it, with warm butter melting off his knife.
We then decided on two appetizers; the hot antipasto, which I thought typically included Italian-style meats and cheeses, but, to our surprise, included a wonderful sampling of seafood. There was tender, broiled shrimp, two types of clams and delicious, cheese-filled eggplant rollatini. They were all very good, but the broiled shrimp was our favorite, due to the combination of butter and garlic flavor.
I chose fresh mozzarella with prosciutto and roasted red peppers, drizzled in balsamic vinegar and fresh, minced garlic. The dish was a perfect blend of summer veggies and fresh cheese.
At that point, we both needed a little rest, enjoying the music, the quiet buzz from the other customers and, of course, great conversation with each other. When our server arrived to take our main course order, we were still debating our choices. Finally, we decided on two dishes that we don’t treat ourselves to very often, which I highly recommend doing from time to time. I ordered the baked stuffed grouper with crabmeat topped with, or rather, smothered in, a rich lobster sauce. The dish was so rich that I suggest ordering the sauce on the side or even light. Otherwise, the flavors of the broiled fish and crabmeat were delightful.
Mike decided on a true man’s favorite, the surf and turf. The turf was beef tenderloin and was a very generous cut, cooked to the perfect temperature. Although Mike would have enjoyed more intense seasoning, I could not have judged this for myself, as there was nothing left on his plate for me to sample. The surf, lobster tail, was broiled beautifully, and of course he immediately submerged it in a dish of melted butter. He was impressed.
Did someone say dessert? We finally succumbed to the marquise au chocolate, a rich combination of chocolate cake and decadent chocolate icing, plated to look like a work of art. Just a few bites satisfied our sweet tooth and our daughter, Jordan, devoured the rest later, via a take-home box.
We completed our evening by enjoying a glass of house wine at that bar with a few friends who joined us unexpectedly. This was the perfect ending to a fabulous date with my husband. I couldn’t have asked for better atmosphere, a more delicious meal, or better company to share it with.