Flip Flops Dockside Eatery opened very quietly in the space previously occupied by Taverna Opa. It opened when we were getting a cold snap; and being a completely open air place; it's not the kind of place that you want to be in cold weather.
With 80 degree temperatures here to stay, I decided to give them a try. They don't do much marketing, so getting a table isn't a problem. On a nice day, you can't beat the view.
They sell the place as a "casual eatery", and that is it. The furniture is painted in pastel colors and there beach chairs like the ones above where you can sit on the dock and watch the boats sail by. The dining chairs are aluminum; it's sort of an industrial Key West look.
Inside, it's sort of like a big tent over a big patio. They have steel drum music playing. The place has a real "island" feel to it.
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery Interior
They don't have brewed iced tea here so I opted for a bottled iced tea, which tastes pretty good for a product with no artificial sweetener and 0 calories. >
The have quite a few good choices on the menu, including several variations on a fish sandwich, which I was about to order. They I spotted the chicken bruschetta, which sounded like something I was in the mood for.
My server dropped some puffy looking chips with a brownish dip; the chips were sort of like the crispy wontons. The sauce was a bit sweet and a bit spicy; they were pretty good and I had to stop myself from eating too many of them.
The food was served about 20 minutes after ordering it; I had sunglasses on and I didn't initially notice that the plate was "garnished" with some sort of brown gooey substance all around the edge. The chicken looked pretty good and the spinach was a nice deep shade of green.
The dish was savory and good; the chicken was done just right and not dry at all; the spinach was perfectly done. The only complaint I have is the goo. I felt like I was playing the game operation; it was a constant battle to keep the food from the goo,and I couldn't put my fork down on the plate. Whoever thinks its a good idea needs to think again: lose the goo.
The tea was $4.50 which is more than I usually want to pay for tea; it was a big bottle and I suppose it was worth it. But when you add it all up, $25 for lunch isn't what I expect to spend at a place like this. I'm never quite sure why a chicken breast sandwich is $8.50 but its $15.95 if you get it without the bread. I guess it's my fault for ordering it.
If the weather is good; Flip Flops is a good alternative from Shooters next door. It's also a stop on the Water Taxi.