Escape...relax...enjoy! This is the motto at Beach Grill Restaurant & Resort. And once you set foot inside (or outside) the establishment, you'll understand. In addition to their mind-blowingly massive facility, they've got some of the best drinks, best weekend parties and most breathtaking views along the Nautical Mile.
Both the interior and the exterior of the building are drenched in yellows, teals and blues – a truly beautiful layout with colors to match. With a grand total of 19,000 square feet, it would be intimidating if it wasn't so inviting. The interior is laid-back and welcoming, with enormous windows that provide a great view of the waterfront.
The deck (which is also incredibly spacious at 5,000 square feet)has a gorgeous view of the marina and water, and offers guests access to the Tiki Bar and 700-square-foot dance floor (with pro lighting and sound). There's something to be said, whether you're there for a relaxed lunch or a nightclub-style experience, for having the breeze from the open water blowing gently on you as you enjoy your surroundings.
Besides an extensive drink menu (you can literally get any frozen, tropical or island-style specialty drink you can imagine), they have a very festive menu – offering everything from calamari to Maryland crab cakes to escargot for starters, a fantastic prime rib chili with black beans or their signature Beach Grill Seafood Chowder. As far as entrees go, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention their spectacular salad offerings (this is, after all, a waterfront
restaurant), which go very nicely with the fresh air and water theme.
Their top-selling salad is the appropriately-named Sunburst Fruit Salad. It's a beautifully laid-out and very vibrantly-colored assortment of apples, Mandarin oranges, strawberries, kiwi, toasted coconut shavings and sugared pecans. Topping it off is a delicious mango vinaigrette dressing. The simplicity of the Romaine lettuce is complemented perfectly by the fruit array, and when it's brought out to you, you won't be able to withstand remarking about the colorful balance of goodness that you're about to dig into.
It's not just all salads and appetizers at the Beach Grill, however. They do have a very fair offering of sandwiches (both oven-baked and traditional), several burgers (including an American Kobe), pizza, seafood specialties, pasta (including a great lobster ravioli) and the traditional beef and chicken offerings.
I won't even bother distracting you with their dessert menu – although their grilled lemon cake and house-made key lime pie or tiramisu are distracting enough on their own – but I will mention that you don't have to walk or drive up to the Beach Grill. If you happen to just be tooling around on your boat and you feel like grabbing a bite, then you're more than welcome to swing on by. You can actually tie up deck-side, and they've got a staff of servers exclusively devoted to helping boating clientele. How's that for service?
And don't forget to swing through during Nautical Mile Restaurant Week, beginning 6/1. They've got a fantastic menu with a diverse array of items that are definitely worth checking out. | RDW