‘Watts for Dinner’: The garlic burger is ‘Crazy’ good at Flamingos
This Marco mainstay is a favorite of locals and visitors alike
Our next dining destination is The Crazy Flamingo on Marco Island.
Things got off to an appetizing start with the “Deep Fried Ravioli” ($7.99). The marinara sauce for dipping was amazing. And the ricotta-filled pillows of pasta were sublime. But deep fried? It tasted (and appeared) more baked. But I’m not complaining.
We also had a basket of onion rings. Golden brown, and not over- or under-sized, which seems to be what many restaurants are doing now. Well done!
For my main meal, I selected the half-pound cheeseburger ($9.99) with fries. This burger is served on a garlic sub roll. Amazingly, the thick, juicy burger patty is shaped like the roll. Impressive. Topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, this unique burger is a standout. I highly recommend this dish!
My dining companion picked the fried grouper basket ($13.99). It’s served with fries or rice, or you can upgrade to onion rings or a salad for $2 more. This dish also earned high marks.
Looking back to our July 2020 visit, we partook of the buffalo shrimp ($10.99) appetizer. The battered butterfly shrimp are dipped in a buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese (or ranch) dressing. The dressing tasted as though it was made in house; was very think with big chunks of blue cheese; yummy! The shrimp were a bit on the soggy side.
For my entrée, I choose the Thai fish ($14.99); the fish is battered and fried and coated in a spicy sauce and served over a bed of yellow rice. The sauce is tasty but overpowers the fish a bit too much. Jasmine would be a better rice choice for this dish, but the yellow rice was good.
My dining companion had the fish sandwich ($11.99). You can pick from mahi-mahi, white fish, ahi tuna, grouper of salmon. He got the blackened mahi-mahi. For a small upcharge, it can be served on garlic bread, which he opted for. The bread was the star of this dish, which could have used a small flavor kick; perhaps a chipotle mayo or something? The fillet was thick and plentiful with colorful greens. And it was served with Crazy’s amazing fries.
In a tourist and snowbird town, “Crazies” (as the locals like to call it) has retained a small, hometown appeal that those who live here year-round appreciate. Visitors, if you want to experience an authentic Marco Island mainstay years in the making, this is one of a handful of places for you. Happy eating!
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If you go
The Crazy Flamingo
- 1035 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island