While we were in Miami, we stayed in the Surfside area of Miami Beach. On our third day, Dave and I peeled ourselves from the sun loungers and took a little stroll in search of some lunch. We ended up in Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grille.
The restaurant felt so American to us visting Brits, with fishing paraphernalia and customers’ fishing photos all over the walls. We grabbed a booth and were talked through the extensive menu by our super friendly waitress (when she’d finished squealing over our accents…)
We were going to be out for dinner with the rest of the family that night, so we decided to order a selection of starters to share instead of ordering full meals each. Our waitress was more than happy to accommodate us and made some suggestions of her personal favourites from the menu.
The Potato Skins ($5.49) are Idaho potatoes, filled with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. The potatoes were still fluffy inside, with piles of gooey melted cheese. The bacon bits were crispy and salty, and basically, we devoured these.
The Mozzarella Sticks ($6.49) are a huge portion of stretchy mozzarella cheese, deep fried. The cheese was perfectly gooey, and they were crispy without the dreaded deep-fried oiliness.
Our waitress suggested her favourite, the Firecracker Shrimp ($9.99). 12 pieces of shrimp are deep-fried, tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce, and topped with pico de gallo, lettuce and ranch dressing. I would have happily eaten this solo as a lunch portion, as the portion was pretty huge. The shrimp was spicy, with a good jalapeno hit, but the ranch dressing helped sooth the spice levels. This was my favourite of the dishes, and it was delicious.
The portions were huge, so our idea of a light lunch rather failed, but it was all so tasty we didn’t mind. If you’re planning to order one as a starter before a main course, I’d suggest ordering a starter to share between two, or you’ll be very full! The food was great quality, and the service was fast and friendly. A very pleasant lunch!
We paid in full ourselves. All opinions are honest and my own. Flanigan’s didn’t know I was a blogger. All prices correct at the time of writing.