Daiquiri Deck: Seafood, Part II
One of the evenings in Sarasota was set aside for enjoying both Siesta Key’s sandy beach and its post-swimming recreations. There a several places of interest, but the place we went with was Daquiri Deck, which was chosen solely one thing—Daiquiri’s.
The friends I went with are visitors to Louisiana many times over and are used to the commonness of the Daiquiri Drive-Thru. I, on the other hand, had eyes as big as Daiquiri machines and was hypnotized by swirling greens, blues, reds, and yellows. Couple great food with a two-for-one happy special on frozen, churning, fruity grain alcohol, and you have the adult equivalent of a kid in a candy store.
For the main, I had a Soft Shell Crab sandwich that was everything you want from what looks like a fried spider on a bun. It had a similar breading to the Gator Bites and was crunchy and with crab that was supple and rich. Put a little of the “Daquiri Deck Fruit Fusion Hot Sauce,” and you have a good eats that is citrusy with a hint of heat.
The only miss for me was the Oyster Shooter. I’m a fan of Bizarre Foods and No Reservations. Inspired by their risks with fermented shark, whisky infused with rattlesnake, live squid tentacles, and chicken feet, I took my shot glass of oyster, sunk in red murky tequila water, and threw caution to the wind.
One wish is that I had tried something a little safer like the “the Original” (vodka, bloody mary mix, and pepper).
A second wish is that I had not gotten the smell in my nose first.
A third wish is that my boyfriend had gotten the picture of me before the tasting, a look of daring anticipation on my face, instead of post-intake with a face that is clearly trying not to throw-up.
Summary—daiquiris good and two-for-one better, Gator Bites a must have, Soft Crab a bullseye, and the oyster shots, a foolhardy adventure.