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Sloppy Joes - Treasue Island
One cloudy day we decided to go to Treasure Island to see the “Bands on the Sands” festival they were having followed by a meal at Sloppy Joes which is on the beach.
There a path along the beach that we strolled along stopping first at the Tiki Bar at the Thunderbird Motel for a drink. It was a weekend afternoon and they had live music. It was a nice setting overlooking the beach and they had a Happy Hour, I think it was on until 4. 00pm. There are lots of tables and chairs by the beach and the place was very lively.
Then onto the beach to listen to the bands but the music really was loud.
Sloppy Joes is in the Bilmar Beach Resort next to the Thunderbird. I believe the original Sloppy Joes was opened in Key West in the 1930s and was frequented by Ernest Hemingway. From the beach you go up the Key West style two tier decks by a wooden walkway.
Sloppy Joes has a mix of tourists and locals. The locals tend to drink there at weekends and later in the evenings whilst most of the tourists come here to eat. In peak season it can get very busy with long waits for tables from about 5. 00pm onwards so it is usually better to “Phone ahead”.
My brother and I decided to sit at the bar as we could also eat here as well. There is a large bar area and this is also surrounded by high tables and stools where extra customers can be catered for. There is a large area of booths tables and chairs inside. Beware though not to get a table by the far corner where they often have live music and you cannot hear yourself speak.
On the outside deck there is a lovely area with tables chairs and umbrellas looking out over the Gulf this is a wonderful setting but it is difficult to get seated here.
We decided to start with two super sized cocktails which cost about $9 each. I had the Mother of all Mai Tais which included Bacardi, Myers Rum, Apricot Brandy, Orange juice and Pineapple juice. My brother ordered a Super Size Margarita.
We then had two appetizers. I had a delicious Home Made Tortilla Chips with salsa and guacamole whilst my brother devoured Blue Cheese Chips which were as they said chips coated in blue cheese.
I then opted for the Treasure Island Alfredo to which I added shrimp. This was cooked with their own sauce and came with broccoli and diced tomatoes. Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes was my brother’s choice and it was served with Cuban rice and vegetables. Both meals were really good.
Much as we would have like another cocktail we decided our super size cocktails had been enough and we finished our meal with coffees.
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