Out for the weekend, with nowhere special to go. We'd just finished a wonderful Fort Myers Beach tour, and as we were leaving for home, decided to try the Waterfront on Pine Island. We figured St James City is a fishing village, so they ought to have some good seafood. So, we took the long drive through Cape Coral, and over to Pine Island, and finally down to the south end.
We looked around, and found very few places to get seafood. The Waterfront Restaurant looked to be a friendly, rustic, comfortable place, and its reviews were pretty good. I also assumed that it's where the locals go. So, we took a table out back on the deck, overlooking the bay.
As we are always looking for good N.E. Clam Chowder (check our other reviews), my wife naturally ordered a cup. I had clam strips as an appetizer. It went downward from there. It took what seemed forever to get our order, even though there were only a few tables occupied. When they arrived, the clams strips were just OK (average for Sysco, although they were very gritty). But, the Clam Chowder was very strange. My wife tried to eat it, and ran into a large blob of what appeared to be baking dough (yeah, picture an uncooked bread dough ball floating in your chowd'a). She also said the chowder tasted like flour. In any case, she couldn't eat it.
We waited another long time for wait staff - long enough for me to finish the clams. When the waitress finally came by, my wife complained that there was something wrong with the chowder. The waitress then explained that the chowder actually had a large biscuit or dinner roll in it - it's their special effect, or something like that. I suspect that ours wasn't baked. Whatever.... In either case, the chowder was refused, and my wife instead opted for a simple Fish Fry - which of course took forever.
OK, so the Fish Fry was good. But, when we got the bill, it had the $5 charge on it for the chowder "that she didn't eat". We were so fed up at that point, that we simply paid the bill. On the way out, I thought that I'd at least tell the manager, but she didn't seem to care - and of course never offered to remove the excessive charge. I told her our standard 20% tip is in the cup of chowder.
We'll not be back.
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