Rising Tide Tap & Table- Port Canaveral- 1-star
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As every one of our over 64K followers/likers know, I love Ocean 302. It is one of my favorite dining establishments in and out of the state of Florida. Knowing that the Executive Chef at the relatively new Rising Tide Tap & Table is Jeff Kainz, the guy who was the Executive Chef at Ocean 302 from 2015-2017 had my mouth watering and my taste buds all in a tizzy when it showed up on my random eatery generator as the place for my next review. Located inside Port Canaveral is where you will find Rising Tide Tap & Table.
We were met, seated and handed menus quickly, given the low down on the specials of the day and began perusing the menu while waiting for our server. It wasn't too long before a human who introduced themselves as Kevin was at our table inquiring as to our order. Asking about the specials and other menu items, it soon became evident that Kevin, seemed to be, perhaps in training? It took a few tries, but I finally got my order in for one 12-year-old single malt Scotch-neat, a Belly Burger and an order of the special tacos of the day the Black and Blue Street Tacos.
Kevin soon reappeared with my drink in hand and I must say it was a very, very generous pour (a decent 2 oz) and was smooth and smokey with subtle notes of cherry and oak. Sadly, this turned out to be the highlight of my meal. As I finished sipping on my nectar from Olympus (Scotland), A different person returned with our food orders and commenced to set them upon our table. I must say that the smells wafting up were enjoyable and once again, got my taste buds into a heightened state of glorious expectation. The server assured me as he placed it down that this was the, "best burger in the business." As someone who used to own an auto dealership, I know a line when I hear one and this certainly was one. The Burger was the "best in the business." if that business was making hockey pucks. It was so overcooked it was barely edible. The menu stated all this flavor I was expecting to enjoy, Bourbon Bacon, Pork Belly, BBQ Fig Jam, Mustard Seed Comeback and Chicharrón, what I got was charred cardboard. I couldn't taste anything. It was the worst burger I have had in a long, long time.
The Black and Blue Street Tacos consisted of fresh cheese and properly cooked fresh veggies and some "steak" that was more gristle than meat. Seriously, I thought I was going to crack a tooth it was so hard and lacked any seasoning whatsoever, other than grease and gristle. You can see the inedible gristle chunk. The tortilla chips that came on the side, while being fresh, warm and made in house were slathered with paprika and not much else. If there was salt on them, I failed to notice it under the blanket of Hungarian pepper.
I was given all sorts of excuses as to why I found the meal like it was, but as my editor recently stated after making me look like an ignoramus, "excuses don't matter, what matters is I messed up." I was told Jeff was out for the day, but honestly, if the Head Chef can't take a day off without the place heading down the tubes, they need a new kitchen staff.
The Big Boy says, "The service was terrible, the food was worse. Sadly, this is just another Coca Beach area tourist clip joint." #iamthebigboy #bigboydiningout