We arrived a little after the four o'clock opening and were offered either indoor or outdoor seating. Since outdoors was close to the traffic on 4th Street we chose indoors. Amanda was our charming server who promptly brought our much needed drink orders.
After determining that Baytenders knew a thing or two about shucking and serving oysters on the half shell I was compelled to order a dozen. Holy moly, that was a pleasant surprise! Baytenders does know a thing or two. The oysters were freshly shucked, they were not mangled and they were not dipped in nasty water washing away that salty liquor. Those Texas oysters were, in a word, perfect.
My bride and I shared an appetizer, the decadent Maryland Baked Crab Dip. This rich presentation was loaded with crab. Again, perfection on a platter!
The Belle of Gulf Boulevard continued on her food journey with an order of fresh Florida Grouper Nuggets with sides of new potatoes and cheese grits. She brought a little of everything home in a box. It was too good to waste, but that crab dip was most filling.
I rounded off my dining experience with a huge bowl of Joe Island Steamed Clams. The perfectly steamed clams were swimming in a white wine and garlic broth with toast points for sopping.
Magic, the manager, and his staff provided us with a most delightful dining adventure. All food and several adult beverages came to a reasonable $87.75.