East vs West
I thought it would be fun to compare the 2 seafood joints we visited in October. JB's Fish Camp in Florida and Duarte's Tavern in California. Let's see who wins.
Here's the Rock Shrimp at JB's Fish Camp near New Smyrna, FL. This spicy stuff was served on a limp paper plate with tiny cups of butter.
3 points for food at JB's
Here are the oysters served on an icy cold plate at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadaro, CA. They were okay, but my avocado stuffed with crab (not pictured) gives Daurate's a total of 5 points for food!
JB's in Florida was once an actual bait shop. Over the years the weathered wood and metal structure has expanded...in some odd ways.
3 points for a building that makes you feel like you're at summer camp!
Even though the exterior is not the most interesting...Duarte's gets 5 points for being the oldest building I've dined in for the dining blog! It was 117 years ago that Great-Grandfather Frank bought a barrel of whiskey and sold it for 10 cents a shot!
Rating the Tables
Our table on the porch at JB's was quiet, with a view of the inter-coastal waterway. Nice and breezy and peaceful.
3 points for having the porch area to ourselves... 2 weeks before BIKETOBERFEST in Daytona. Whew. Glad we missed that crowd.
Inside Table at Duarte's
Families waited over an hour for tables at Duarte's. What a treat getting our cozy corner with a view of old counter with swivel chairs. Kind of liked the fact our table (on Oct. 30th) had a cute little pumpkin. 3 points for that! (a real pumpkin...as well as my nephew, Silas!)
I love my people encounters...but it was a little creepy at JB's. The guy with the cut-offs wanted to pose for me. Gotta love his hands on hips and slight lean. Note the guys high-fiving at the bar.
2 points for JB's peeps
Costumed people always get extra points...even if it's the day before Halloween. I loved this kilted server at Duarte's, who offered to entertain my energetic nephew with some spoons!
5 points for colorful wait staff !
Looks like the West Coast wins! 18 points for California and 11 for Florida.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.