The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It

The Old Bay Steamer-Destin, Florida
July 2, 2011, 11:06 pm
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Grilled Scallops

The Old Bay Steamer is not a place to go for a great ocean view.  You have to park in the back of stinkin’ nowhere and walk a while.  The water is no where in view the whole time.  As a matter of fact, the sign at the hostess’s stands says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ view.”  So why go there when you are in the area to see the water?  One reason.

The stinkin’ awesome  food. 
The place is dark, dark, dark, and the windows are closed.  No sea breeze here.  No one in there was wearing a bathing suit.  If I had to guess, I would say most were locals.  The walls are covered with fine (and not so fine) art without a mermaid or seashell in sight.  The music? The Blues, baby.  If you didn’t know better, you could easily be in Memphis.  But I don’t think you’ll find food like this in Memphis.
We started with the grilled scallops which were served with a spicy sauce and a mango chutney.  De-vine.  The chutney alone was delish, and the scallops were top notch.

The House Salad

Next was the house salad served in a big bowl with only one choice of salad dressing, a wonderful house vinaigrette that settled finely at the bottom of the bowl.  I had three helpings.  Don’t judge me, please. 

The Ribs

One of my kids had a hot dog.  The other had the ribs.  This ought to be good, I thought. 

The Big Steamer

My husband and I ordered the Big Steamer.  It  turned out to be a big metal bowl of  heads-on royal reds, oysters, clams, corn, potatoes, and crab legs.  Everything in the whole bowl was so fresh that it snapped when we tore into it.  Snapped, I tell you.  I had never seen shrimp or crab legs snap.  Usually, they are just mush and squishy shells.  We ate every bit. 

It was some of the best seafood we’d had all week. 

Ribs After

She too ate it all. 

The end-the finger bowl

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