Day 2 - The adventure continues
This morning we woke to a wonderful thunder storm, lightning, thunder that seemed to roll for ever. My step mother (no not the one from the previous posts, that was step mother #1, this one is step mother #3
) had to go a doctor's appointment so she couldn't join us for breakfast. So my father, my friend and I went to Sharon's Cafe in Mexico Beach Florida.
Sharon's is a true small town diner that the locals always crowd from 6 am to 2 pm. We were lucky enough to find a table and were greeted instantly by a friendly local that has worked there for several years. She recognized my father and I, but did not know my friend so she sat down at our table and introduced herself.
The breakfast menu is packed with all sorts of good breakfast foods, my father ordered a full order of biscuits and gravy, and black coffee. My friend ordered a breakfast platter with 2 eggs, choice of breafast meats (links, patties, bacon or ham) he chose ham, grits and biscuits and gravy.
I ordered a different platter with 3 eggs, grits, 2 choices of meats, corned beef hash, toast. I also ordered a waffle.
Our order was prepared quickly and brought to our table, where our waitress again sat down and started talking to my friend.
The biscuits and gravy my father ordered were as he put it "heaven on earth". There were 4 buttermilk biscuits, each light and fluffy, they stood almost 3 inches tall. Baked to a light golden brown and brushed with melted butter that made them shine. The sausage gravy had big chunks of browned bulk sausage in it and lots of pepper. The gravy was thick enough to make it stick to your ribs, but not too thick to stand a spoon up in it, perfect IMHO.
My friends order came out on a platter as big as the place mat under it. The eggs were perfectly cooked (He likes them over medium), his ham was a nice thick slab of country ham. Nicely smoked and not too salty. It was tender and juicy. I got his grits because he is a northerner and doesn't like grits (No I am not trying to get anyone's dander up, just a simple fact that southerners like their grits better) His biscuit and gravy was "out of this world" as he said with a mouth full of it.
My order was done to perfection, my eggs over easy, grits (times 2
), links and patties which I vut up and mixed into my egg/grit mixture. Corned beef hash grilled to yumminess. It was brown and crunchy in places and still tender in others, a perfect blend. The toast was..... toast, my friend ate it (we traded grits for toast).
The best part of my breakfast though was the waffle. over an inch high browned to golden brown. The batter had a hint of cinnamon in it. The butter melted down in all the nooks, I decided to use syrup. It did not need the syrup though to make it good.
We got out of there for under $20 for the three of us, and we were stuffed until well into the afternoon.
For lunch (which was 2:30 pm) we were going to go to Reagan's Oyster Pub. A local friend called and asked if we wanted to eat lunch with him at the Fish House so we went there for lunch instead.
The Fish House in Mexico Beach Florida is a small family run restaurant. They do serve a daily lunch special, but they really have good local fresh seafood on their menu. I also found out that it is now owned by the family that owns Reagan's Oyster Pub.
Today was Meatloaf Day, with mashed potatoes, creamed corn.
The three of us sat down and were greeted by the owner, she said hi to my friend Chip and she smiled and told me it must be fishing tournament time.
Chip ordered the daily special and Dennis and I ordered the grouper finger lunch plate. We also ordered Gator Bites for an appetizer and I ordered the seafood chowder.
The chowder arrived shortly, This chowder is made daily by a little old lady (the owner's mother). There were shrimps, clams, scallops and fish bits in the chowder, with potato, carrots, celery, onion and bacon, in a rich broth that was finished with cream. I will be going back again for some more and I may get some to take home with me.
The gator bites arrived and we dug into them. Each appetizer sized order had 12-15 bites, each one 1 1/2 to 2 inches big. The gator meat was dredged in corn meal and deep fried to a golden brown. Each piece was tender and sweet, they came with honey mustard dipping sauce, but they did not need anything but a little salt (very little).
Chip's meatloaf dinner arrived first, as our grouper fingers were cut and grilled to order.
The meatloaf was a solid rendition of the american staple. Onions, green peppers were present. The meatloaf held together nicely and was covered by ketchup/catsup. The mashed potatoes were mashed with the skins on, they were somebody's premade, but they added some sour cream and spices to it. The creamed corn was homemade, man o man that old lady can cook. Tammy the owner said her mom made it this morning.
The grouper finger plates came hot off the grill, you can get them fried or grilled with your choice of grill seasoning. (lemon pepper, salt & pepper, greek style, or cajun seasoning) Dennis & I both got cajun seasoning, gee imagine that.
The lunch plate came with two sides and hush puppies. Dennis got a small side salad and creamed corn. I got creamed corn and creamed corn.
The grouper was grilled until it was still very tender, flaky and juicy.
The hushpuppies were a cornmeal and beer mixture. Which made them sweet and just the hint of beer, sort of like beer battered onion rings, just that hint of the beer.
The gator bites were $7.99
The Chowder (BIG BOWL) $3.95
The Meatloaf Dinner $6.95
The Grouper Finger Plate was $8.95
Mine was $22.89 plus tax
Dennis' was $19.93 plus tax
Chip's was $8.95 plus tax
So not extremely cheap, but for what we got I could not complain, except that my stomach hurt from so much food.
I will post my dinner experience at Ebro Greyhound Race Track later today, it is 2am and my bed is calling me.
I took lots of pictures today but still have not found my usb connector, and of course my father's digital camera uses a different connector than mine and Mexico Beach is shall we say a SMALL TOWN, with no place to buy one.
So for now from Mexico Beach Florida, where the introverts stare at their shoes and the extroverts stare at yours, Good Night!