Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Bait House Tackle and Tavern – Clearwater, FL

Today we spent the afternoon at Sand Key Park on Clearwater Beach.  We saw good reviews on Yelp for the Bait House Tackle and Tavern, so we decided to check it out for lunch. 
We couldn’t find it at first – the entrance was a little wooden shack that was dwarfed by a nearby yacht.  If we hadn’t read about it online, we would have thought it was just a bait shop.
Once you walk through the main shop, there is an outdoor bar and deck with a beautiful view of Clearwater Bay.  It was extremely hot out today – especially after an afternoon of tubing at the beach, so it was nice to cool down with some Sam Adam’s Summer Ales.  They served us our drinks with nice Bait House koozies. 
I ordered the peel & eat shrimp and Lance ordered the grouper sandwich with kettle chips.  The shrimp were gigantic and served over ice so they were nice and chilled.  The grouper sandwich was excellent as well.  We weren’t expecting to have such high quality seafood at this unassuming little restaurant, but I’d recommend it to anybody visiting Clearwater. 
If you spent the day fishing, they will actually prepare your catch for you if you’d like!  They also offer weekly baskets of fresh organic produce through the Caladesi Co-op which supports local farmers – if I lived in the Clearwater area I would love to participate. 

The Bait House Tackle and Tavern is located at 46 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767 and is open Sunday  through Wednesday 7am  - 9pm and Thursday through Saturday 7am – 10pm. 

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