Beach Bites- Wabasso- 3.0- Stars
Picking up my review quest in Wabasso Beach, I found myself staring at the name put forth by my random place generator--Beach Bites. Pondering the name, all I could think of were hush puppies made of beach sand. I have seen some crazy stuff in the Sunshine State (see news coverage of "Florida Man"), but I figured that was too far out there and so reeled my overactive imagination in a tad. I found Beach Bites easily enough off of A1A located in what appears to be a renovated hotel. Thankfully, they do not sell deep-fried balls of sand, but rather breakfast, brunch, and smoothies. Walking in, I thought I had stepped into the Kwik-E-Mart of The Simpsons fame as they are also a well-stocked convenience store. Hey, who doesn't need a smoothie or a quick sandwich while picking up some beach gear?
Approaching the counter, I was greeted warmly and enthusiastically by a wonderful lady named Amanda. Amanda was very polite and extremely helpful in placing our order. To that end, I asked for an order of a Kielbasa in Sauerkraut, one order of their self proclaimed homemade Macaroni and Cheese and one Cali Club sandwich. Perusing the interior while awaiting our order, I couldn't help but feel I was in a Cracker Barrel, only for beach-goers. They had racks of sunglasses, board shorts, T-Shirts, and nautical themed brick-a-brack along with other sundries.
Within an acceptable amount of time, I was notified that our order was ready for pick up and sent my trusty sidekick forth to fetch our victuals. Returning with our food in Styrofoam (the environmental horror!) to go containers, we adjourned to an empty table outside and commenced to ea...er, I mean we started the review process. First up to be reviewed by my punctilious palate was the Kielbasa in Sauerkraut. As it lacked any and all grill markings, I assume the sausage was steamed, not made the preferred way by grilling over an open flame. If I had any German blood in me, this most likely would have gotten my ire up, as I don't I shrugged it off as one of those "forgive them, they know not what they do" moments. However, after one bite I quickly realized that would be the least of any concerns the German blood I don't have, would have with this "pretender." The sauerkraut did not taste very fresh and while it wasn't spoiled, it wasn't crisp and flavorful either. The Kielbasa itself was, to my surprise, exceedingly bland, one would even say "pedestrian" in its presentation to the palate. A decent Kielbasa should be complex in its savoriness and grilled for crying out loud! Alas, this, as previously stated was neither.
Moving on to the order of Mac and Cheese, I was pleasantly surprised by the deeply layered flavors emerging with every bite as it hit my taste buds. This was obviously homemade as advertised and executed flawlessly. I would even say it was just as good, if not better than the homemade mac and cheese my mom made on occasion when I was younger. Yes, I just outed my moms cooking. But, in my defense I must reiterate, it was that good. The mac was boiled to the perfect al dantè and as I mentioned the homemade cheese sauce was amazing and more than made up for the lackluster meal sampled previously.
Arriving at the final destination on our culinary journey into Beach Bites, I picked up the Cali Club and took a healthy bite. First thing I noticed was the real, honest to Butterball (or, in this case, Perdue) sliced turkey breast. The turkey was the real deal and immensely flavorful. The turkey was accompanied by some freshly sliced tomatoes and some end of the core iceberg lettuce. The lettuce was a bit off colored and a tad on the bitter side as it was from the spot on the head close to the core and everyone knows the succulent leaves are found further out and come hued in a not so much yellow as green. The bread was fresh and tasty, though not homemade and so definitely could have been better. All in all, it was a tasty end to a good meal.
The Big Boy says, "If you are coming to the beach and find yourself a bit peckish, this is a average, even-keeled stop." #iamthebigboy #bigboydiningout