‘Watts for Dinner’: Snook Inn offers fresh seafood without the fishing

Will Watts

Our next dining destination is the historic Snook Inn in Olde Marco.

Things got off to an appetizing start with the chilled shrimp cocktail ($15.99) and the Wisconsin cheese curds ($9.99) from the “Island Time Snacks” menu.

The cocktail features six white gulf shrimp served over ice, cut lemon and the Snook’s house made cocktail sauce, which is pure perfection. Light, refreshing and delicious.

The curds are flash fried and served with a tasty marinara sauce. I bet you can’t eat just one!

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From the soups and salads menu, I tried the seafood chowder ($8.99). It features the chef’s selection of fresh-caught seafood, Maine lobster stack, roasted corn, potatoes, onions and celery. It’s so good. You’ll never go back to plain old clam chowder again. 

My dining companion had the quinoa and crab salad ($16.99). It features a spring mix, quinoa, lump crab meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, chow mein noodles and basil citrette. It was a fresh and great combination, but the crab meat could have used a bit more flavor enhancement.    

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For my main dish, I had the “Snook Inn’s Famous Grouper Sandwich” ($18.99) from the craft sandwiches menu. It’s served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomatoes and onions. You get a side of tartar sauce and it comes with a trip to the salad bar, and your choice of fries or black beans and rice. You can substitute onion rings for $1.99 or you can have a baked potato after 4 p.m.

Gloves are provided for your salad bar journey. But I respectfully declined. I’m just not there yet.

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For the grouper, you can choose between blackened, grilled or fried. I selected fried, with onion rings. Amazing! The bun was soft and fresh. The fish fried to perfection. And the onion rings, some of the best on the island.

Come by boat, come by car. The Snook Inn will make you feel like you’re on vacation. The service is swift. There’s always a crowd. And if you want good parking, don’t come at mealtime on the weekend.

Happy eating!

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If you go

Snook Inn

  • 1215 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island
  • 239-394-3313
  • snookinn.com