Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sandbar Sports Grill

My parents officially became snowbirds nearly a decade ago, easily leaving Buffalo's cruel winters for the warmth of Cocoa Beach, Florida (the small town's claim to fame- it is the birthplace of surf legend Kelly Slater). In a bid to escape snowy Manhattan before falling victim to the winter blues, I packed a carry-on and made the quick trip South, joining them for some much needed sunshine. Our first order of business (maybe more mine than ours)- an outdoor lunch at the Sandbar Sports Grill, "home of the fish taco".

The casual oceanfront bar-restaurant entertains patrons with live music daily, keeps a number of local brews on tap, and showcases the area's fresh seafood with menu items that are available seven days a week until midnight. In addition to beach-ready (call ahead and have your order packaged for a day at the beach) tacos, burritos and wraps, there are starters like conch fritters- spicy, hot and drizzled with beer, specialties like sizzlin' tequila fajitas, weekly specials like $1 margaritas on Mexican Monday or $9.99 crab legs on Crabby Friday, and salads like the chopped Cocoa Beach- a crispy tortilla bowl overflowing with charbroiled chicken, chopped vegetables and topped with lime cilantro dressing. At $3.75, the signature fish taco is a solid choice. A soft flour tortilla is a vehicle for grilled, baja or blackened mahi-mahi topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, and a jalapeno white sauce. Orders of three come with a side of fries or rice and black beans.

Mahi-Mark, the Sandbar's mascot, encourages beach-goers to seat themselves
The menu tempts Man v. Food wannabes with a 5 lb. burrito challenge fit for Adam Richman- finish the $25.55 plate and you will be memorialized on the wall of winners
The $10.99 burrito has all the same fixings as the taco with the addition of rice and black beans, a side of sour cream, guacamole and tortilla strips, and is nearly four times the size
The hefty burrito's interior- topped with sour cream and guacamole
Two colorful fish tacos with fresh lime wedges
An inside look at the Sandbar's fish taco
The snowbirds, after lunch on a sunny day in Cocoa Beach


  1. Did you guys talk about me on Crabby Friday?

  2. So jealous...I should be there too!