Last night our dear friends Sweet Polly and her mighty Underdog helped my bride and me celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary at an unassuming, yet charming, Indian Rocks Beach treasure. Keegan's Seafood Grille is located at 1519 Gulf Boulevard, the boulevard of gastronomic delights.
Devon, our lovely server for the evening, got our party of four seated and the party started with a pitcher of draft beer for the table. Next came the comestibles and the sampling commenced:
These Shrimp Leones with a Parmesan crust and spicy aioli were crunchy and delicious. I would order those again.
Sweet Polly had an order of the Oysters Rockefeller that is listed as a house favorite. I tried one and it was flavorful, but a little undercooked for this dish. That comes from a person who swoons at the thought of oysters on the half shell.
My only disappointment of the evening, the Baked Octopus with feta cheese. The octopus was tender and this dish was not an unpleasant departure from previous octopus dishes I have enjoyed. It's just that my taste buds were salivating at the prospect of the Char-broiled Octopus. Unfortunately, Keegan's had run out and Devon wasn't in the mood to go out on a boat to replenish the octopus tank this late in the evening.
The Belle of the Boulevard was quite pleased with her Mahi and black bean salsa with a loaded tater on the side; so much so that she had this dish again on a subsequent visit.
My baked Cobia was an interesting presentation served on a bed of mashed potatoes with a crab salad topping.
Underdog seemed mightily pleased with his Snapper on top of a tasty Louisiana favorite, red beans and rice.
A couple of slices of Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie rounded out our dinner at Keegan's.
Sweet Polly and Underdog treated us to our anniversary dinner. Thank you guys so much. You are the greatest.
Editor's Update: The Belle of the Boulevard and I returned a few nights later after Devon had apparently been out on the boat and Keegan's again had the Char-broiled Octopus and it was unbelievably good. If you swoon over octopus like I swoon over octopus you must have this appetizer, although it was big enough to be a main dish if sides were added.
Also, on our return visit I tried the Tuscan Grilled Swordfish Special with a Mediterranean topping and piled on a heap of garlic mashed potatoes. This was a tasty and filling dish though the fish was just a tad over cooked to be perfect.