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‘Watts for Dinner’: Take a mini-vacation at Dolphin Tiki

Will Watts
Columnist
The boom, boom shrimp salad from Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill, Marco Island.

Hidden behind Angler’s Cover, a condominium community on Marco Island, and right on the water is the Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill.

There’s no need to contemplate whether you want to eat outside or in. There’s only outside. And every seat has a view.

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Not sure if it was the crowd, the surroundings or what, but this usually-doesn’t-drink guy decided he wanted a daiquiri. Oh yeah, I know why. You might expect the strawberry, raspberry, mango or peach; but would you expect watermelon? I had to try. The taste was subtle, much like a watermelon; but I was expecting something more like a Twizzler.

The ahi tuna salad from Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill, Marco Island.
The watermelon daiquiri from Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill, Marco Island.

For my entrée, I picked the blackened ahi tuna salad ($14.95). It comes with romaine lettuce, tomatoes and a cucumber wasabi dressing. I was warned about the dressing and requested it “on the side.” It was good, but stout. The ahi came in strips and was cooked to near perfection.

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My partner in dine picked the boom, boom shrimp salad ($15.95), crispy greens, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, cucumbers, and topped with boom, boom shrimp. What is boom, boom shrimp, you ask? Breaded shrimp cooked in a chili sauce, usually mixed with cream or mayonnaise.

The shrimps were a good size and plentiful. And I must admit, I liked his dish a bit more than my own, even though I had no complaints.

With its down-to-earth vibes, Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill is a great place to take in the day and the scenery and get to know Marco Island.

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If you go

Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill

  • 1021 Anglers Cove, Marco Island
  • 239-394-4048
  • dolphintikibar.com