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Tiki Bar & Grill in Sebastian

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If you’re ever in the Treasure Coast area and want to go somewhere for an all around good time then Tiki Bar & Grill is an ideal choice.  Located on Indian River Drive, Tiki Bar & Grill has an enjoyable view day or night.  It is outdoor seating with live music every weekend.  The pricing is pretty good too, nothing over $10.

TikiBarGrillGarlicShrimpTikiBarGrillFishTacosTiki Bar & Grill’s menu consists mostly of sandwiches and bar food.  All of the entrées come with two sides.  You have your pick of cole slaw, french fries, potato salad, or macaroni salad.  I had the Garlic Butter Shrimp ($9) as an appetizer which was more garlicky than I had anticipated (yum!).  Served with toasted bread on the side, you make your own little crostinis.  My friend ordered the Fish Tacos ($9).  The fish was blackened mahi accompanied with spinach, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  This was a tasty meal.

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I had the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($8.50) which consisted mozzarella cheese, bacon and blue cheese.  It was a good sized sandwich and full of flavor.  The bun was nicely toasted and the blue cheese wasn’t overwhelming.  I’m a saucy gal but this had enough flavor that I didn’t need to douse it with something.  The cole slaw was pretty good as well, very “KFC-esque.”  I’m pretty content with the sandwich I ordered along with the Watermelon Mojitos that I drank.

 

TikiBarGrillViewTikiBarGrillDockThere’s an area where you can play cornhole, enjoy your drinks, watch some sports games.  Or if you’re more like me, just enjoy the water view.  The music playing the evening I went was all classic rock.  Definitely a relaxing atmosphere.  This really is a place where you can go and just feel like you’re getting away!

 

 

Be sure to check out Tiki Bar & Grill’s website for latest news like live music performances and any other event they may have.

http://sebastiantiki.com/index.php

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2013 Florida International Beer Festival in Orlando

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’m not the biggest beer fan in the world.  Terrible, I know.  BUT I want to learn!  Being such a food enthusiast, I do think it’s good to have some sort of understanding/appreciation for craft beers.  Also, places that have craft beers tend to have ciders which I most definitely enjoy.

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I recently went to the 20th Annual Florida International Beer Festival, on May 18.  It was at the History Center in Downtown Orlando.  An opportunity arose for this fantastic event when I won a free ticket.  Let’s just say that I’m very attached to my phone and I’ve got quick fingers.  Through the powers of Yelp I got a free ticket.  Speaking of which, I love Yelp.  If you want to get an idea of what’s going on in town, Yelp is a great resource.

BigPapaSaucesSo this was my first beer festival!  I was actually super excited about it.  So I got my beer cup and I started doing my rounds.  It was even better that there was some food.  One especially to make note of was Big Papa’s Sauces.  The Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce had such an amazing balance between the sweet and spiciness.  The spicy really came out at the end.  Wow!  The other ones were pretty decent but the Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce was definitely a winner.

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As far as beers go, I definitely tried a lot.  The Florida Avenue Blueberry was good, you could smell the beer but it wasn’t too sweet.

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I liked Pilsen, nice and light.

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Medalla Light, apparently this is the Puerto Rican piss beer but I didn’t think it was that bad.

I think the worst drink of the night for me was the Mango Mead.  Too cough syrup-like and too sickeningly sweet.  This is coming from a girl who likes her framboise and ciders.

McKenziesHardCidersMy highlight of the festival would have to have been McKenzie’s Hard Cider Special Reserve.  It’s Autumn in a bottle!  I could definitely taste the cinnamon!  Delicious!  (Although having it cold was quite refreshing, I can see it being equally great served warm.)

 

For it being my first beer festival, I had an amazing time!  If you haven’t been to a beer fest, you should definitely check it out.  It was a fun time trying the different beers and I also saw an awesome t-shirt.

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Oblivion Taproom Revisited

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OblivionExteriorI tell people about this place all the time yet I hadn’t been here in awhile.  It’s been more than half a year since wrote my first post about Oblivion.  After a thrilling game of bowling,  I had a hankering for some good drinks and good food.  Well, Oblivion doesn’t disappoint.  What I said the first time about Oblivion still stands true.  I had great service and the food was very good.

OliverBeanBlossomPeachCiderCider lovers, you will not be disappointed!  (And all the other beer folks too, of course.)  The cider list here is quite extensive.  I ordered the Oliver Beanblossom Hard Peach Cider. I’ve had a few different flavors before and they’re all very tasty.  You’d be surprised to find out that it’s 8% ABV.

OblivionPorkLoversPigout1Soooo hungry but I really had a hard time deciding what to get.  It all sounded tasty but the pork rinds keep jumping out at me.  Fine, I’m going for it, the Pork Lovers Pigout.  Pork rinds with jalapeño cheese sauce, jalapeños and pulled pork on top.  I was really digging the pork rinds, jalapeños and the cheese sauce.  Crispy, salty, spicy, yum!  The pulled pork?  Not so much.  I know it’s the Pork Lovers Pigout but it was too much pork for me.  Or rather, the pulled pork wasn’t doing much for me.  Perhaps if the meat was smoked or had a different type of sauce to accent it more?  I didn’t use much of the salsa but the cumin-lime sour cream was good.  This was pretty much a pork rind play on nachos.  Timing is the essence with this dish since the pork rinds started to get soggy from the cheese.  Some of the pork rinds were so large, I was so glad there was a napkin dispenser.  Messy might have been an understatement with me.  Overall, I’d order this again sans pulled pork.

 

OblivionYou'reMyBoyBleuBurgerI also ordered the “You’re My Boy Bleu” burger.  This burger was really good.  Not greasy, good portion and on a brioche bun.  Pretty minimalistic, just a seasoned beef patty with lettuce, tomato and smoked bleu cheese.  The tater tots were also super tasty.  When you order a sandwich/burger, you pick your side and then you pick your seasoning.  I selected the tater tots with the Hawaiian Raw Garlic seasoning.  I was curious what made it Hawaiian but apparently, it’s just raw garlic seasoning.  It just happens to be that Hawaiians like raw garlic a lot.  Well, that’s good to know because I thought the “Hawaiian” was going to indicate some sort of sweet flavoring.  I thought the tots were really good although I didn’t get that strong raw garlic flavor.  There was some cheese sauce left from my “Pork Lovers Pigout” which went fantastic with the tots.

As a random piece of info, Oblivion does have free wifi.  I ran a speed test (out of curiosity) and got a download speed of 6,377 kbps.  Nice!

 

All in all, this is a great spot for the beer lovers and the adventurous eaters.  Be forewarned, you’ll leave here a happy glutton.

http://www.obliviontaproom.com/index.html

Tuesday – Saturday 4pm-2am
Sunday 4pm-12am
Closed Monday
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Sharkey’s Beer & Wine Miami

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SharkeysBarLocated in downtown Miami, off of Biscayne Blvd we have Sharkey’s Beer & Wine.  I stumbled upon this “dive bar” while walking around Bayside Marketplace.  This was my first time here, nice outdoor mall setting with a great outdoor view.  I was more hungry than thirsty but the large display of bottled beers caught my eye.  And they have food?  Hmmm. Well, the prices are very reasonable here.  Most bottles are about 5 dollars or more.  I’m definitely not a big beer drinker but the Wild Blue Lager was pretty tasty!  I also drank some the Venezuelan Polar Beer, Vanilla Porter, and Franziskaner Weissbier.

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The service was mediocre.  Not horribly but certainly nothing to speak about.  I asked one of the bartenders what are the best food items on the menu.  Not surprisingly, she recommends the two most expensive items which were the Alligator Tidbits and the seafood platter.  It really felt like she was upselling me here.  It is bar food so it wasn’t THAT expensive.  Well, it’s been ages since I’ve had gator meat so I went for it.  What it taste like?  Exactly how I remembered it.  If you haven’t had gator meat before, I would describe it as the texture of pork, the dominant flavor of chicken with a hint of fish. Perhaps not the most appetizing description but it’s accurate.  The menu description reads: “The Sharkey’s all-time favorite! Lightly dusted, farm raised gator meat tenders, with a little kick. Served with cocktail sauce.”  Last time I checked, buffalo sauce isn’t cocktail sauce but with the addition of ketchup, I made it work.  I ate my bucket of gator meat and towards the end, I’m pretty much gator-ed out.  After drinking three beers and a half-bucket of gator meat, I don’t think ordering more food would be ideal.  Even though it wasn’t super delicious or anything, it’s something to try,  These gator meat tenders were pretty decent sized.

 

I loved the large selection of beer and the view was great. Great location, good prices, okay service,  okay food.  Definitely a cool little spot to come back to.
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Sloppy Taco Palace

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A buddy of mines asked me if I wanted to go to STP.  STP?  Stone Temple Pilots?  uhhhh. no.   He tells me it’s some taco place that’s really good.  “Oh yea?”  Well, sounds like the Feisty Foodist is getting some tacos!  It’s in the shopping plaza where Agave Azul and Kim Wu are located.  It’s right over the bridge and to the left behind Chick-fil-A on Kirkman Road.  The parking lot has quite a bit of car for a Tuesday evening, which is good.

As I enter, it looks like a typical bar place.  But for the love of food, it’s freezing cold in here! WWHHHHHYYY?  I guess for the drunkards, you wouldn’t even notice the cold but for the sober chica (i.e. me) I am freezing.  Atmosphere is pretty ok, spacious on the inside, decent outdoor seating as well.  Beer selection is adequate.

The prices are fairly inexpensive, most being around 7 dollars.  A la cart items are available as well, so for those on a budget you can get a lot of food.  On Tuesdays, they have sloppy tacos (only beef or chicken) for 2 dollars each.  My server was Tiffany, she was nice although it took awhile before I was able to put my order in.  I’m just waiting….waiting…waiting….   I hope these tacos are pretty decent or else. argh.  Luckily, this place has free wifi and it’s keeping me entertained.

 

I come to the “Sloppy Taco Palace” so of course I’m going to see how amazing these “sloppy tacos” are.  I definitely recommend the beef.  The chicken was a “meh”.  The flour tortillas were slightly fried and it gave it another dimension which I appreciated.  I tend to favor more spicy food and I didn’t want to just throw some Crystal’s hot sauce on it.  That would be just wrong!  I asked the server what other sauces they had.  Surely, there’s some Cholula or something.  Unfortunately, no Cholula here but at least they had some Texas Pete Chipotle and Tapatío.  What a difference that makes!  The beef taco didn’t need any sauce but I found the chicken a bit on the bland side.  The sloppy tacos were quite satisfying and they weren’t too messy.

Another taco on the menu jumped out at me.  “Greek taco.”  Oh really?  Hm.. this could be quite tasty OR disgusting.  I’m willing to find out which.  Let’s see what we got here: chicken, romaine lettuce, onions, feta, tomatoes but no olives. NO OLIVES!  My taco could really have used some olives but they didn’t even have any in the kitchen.  It’s not a BIG deal but it definitely would have tasted even better.  Also, the tortilla was cold.  After having the slightly fried and fluffy tortilla from the sloppy tacos, I was a bit disappointed with the Greek taco tortilla.

All in all, this is a good place to go to if you want to drink and have some tasty food.  The service was a bit lackluster but aside from that note, I would return here.  With a jacket.
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Be forewarned if you go their website, turn your volume down.  I’ve just saved you from a screaming “AH-YEEEEHAAAAA” in your ear.  You’re welcome.

http://www.sloppytacopalace.com/index.html