The worst tasting (actually tasteLESS) meal that I've paid for in YEARS. The wife had nostalgic pangs whenever we'd pass this local joint, because her late father took her there when she was a teen and she remembered the food as good. We stopped in on a Friday evening for a drink and perusal of the menu. They had an all you can eat buffet on Fridays only, including my favorite bivalve: Blue-Point Oysters. We figured that it was worth a try, and chose to sit outside on the canal-side deck, because their A/C was NOT WORKING. In FLORIDA? In September? Inexcusable!
Boy! Did we figure the food wrong! NOT ONE dish in the buffet had anything approaching taste. It was just awful beyond description. Everything tasted pre-cooked, frozen, and reheated. Even the usually flavorful Blue-Points had absolutely NO TASTE AT ALL! How do you do that to an oyster? I don't even know--unless they were frozen at some time. I could--under normal circumstances--put away six or seven dozen oysters with no problem. It's part of what went into our decision to try the buffet. I could only manage to put down 11 of these, surrendering to my screaming tastebuds insistence that I get out of there immediately. What a waste of $21 each! Sewage might well have more flavor than the garbage that they served us! At least the martini was a good one.
One more thing: the deck out back is at the leeward end of the canal-end that the restaurant sits on. This means that EVERY bit of flotsam and trash in the canal was suspended in an algae-choked soup at the base of the deck--a disgusting accumulation of plastic garbage, floating flip-flop sandals, empty soda bottles, and a dead fish or three. All in all a horrid experience--but the service was good, so I gave them a 2-bump.
Perhaps the regular menu meals are better, but we'll never find out. After THIS meal they will NEVER see us again. this place gets a double FEH!