The popular Siesta Key Oyster Bar offers not only one of the best deals for oysters and crawfish on the key, but also perhaps anywhere around.
SKOB offers a dozen oysters on the half-shell or crawfish for $6 from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. With an umbrella-covered, heavily landscaped patio overlooking the heart of Siesta Village, the restaurant and its open-enclosed bar makes a perfect after beach spot.
The daily deal, plus the appetizers, bits, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and a slew of seafood-oriented entrees make SKOB a popular hangout for regulars and visitors alike.
The 200-plus seat restaurant also has music seven days a week for late-night patrons, who may also sample a late-night two-for-one adult beverage from 10 p.m. to closing Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to closing Friday and Saturday.
For those still hungry after oysters or crawfish, there is a full menu.
Popular appetizers include Coconut Crusted Fried Shrimp with Caribbean Rum Sauce ($12). A half-pound of peel-and-eat shrimp is $11, and Saku Block Tuna Paradiso — yellowfin tuna marinated in tequila, lime, lime and jalapeno, served with wasabi cucumber sauce is $13.
If there is a bunch of you that want to munch with your beer or other adult beverage from SKOB’s full bar, consider the Boatload Sampler at $22. It’s pretty much full portions of fried calamari, grouper bites, and cocoanut shrimp.
Lighter fare are the six salads, most priced at $8 or $9, offered with balsamic vinaigrette, ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, wasabi-cumber, or Italian vinaigrette dressing. Add-ons are chicken for $3, lump crab ($4), crab cake skewer shrimp ($5), or scallop or mixed skewer ($6), and for $8 either fresh catch, grouper, or mahi-mahi.
The SKOB Salad is slated as a salad but looks more like a meal for two for days. You get field greens, tomato, bacon, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, boiled egg, and shredded cheddar for $9. Also popular at the same price is the BETH Salad: cucumbers, goat cheese, celery, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts. Remember all the add-ons apply if you want to gorge.
What’s an island locale without a burger in paradise? SKOB has a “Straight Up” burger for $10, served with a choice of side. All the burgers feature 100-percent Black Angus beef.
The other five burgers include the popular Cowboy, with BBQ, American cheese, and Onion rings.
There are five “SCOBwiches.” A highlight is the Seafood Po’Boy at $13 with either shrimp, oysters, grouper, or soft-shelled crab fried golden brown, served with lettuce and tomato. All come with a side dish.
Simple yet elegant fare is always fish — in this case grouper, mahi-mahi, or fresh catch — either blackened, grilled, jerked, or cooked in SKOB’s Signature Key Lime. A sandwich is $12 with one side, or entrée at $16 with two sides.
Side dishes, by the way, are french fries, cole slaw, steamed broccoli, yellow rice, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. Premium sides, at $1 more, are onion rings, grilled asparagus, sweet potato fries, or chef’s vegetable of the day.
Entrees number 11. Highlights are the Siesta Beach Extravaganza — crab cake, blackened grouper, and jerk shrimp and scallops ($23) — and Keith’s Seafood Tacos: either grouper, shrimp, mahi-mahi, or fresh catch of the day on warm flour tortillas, topped with lettuce, tomato, and cilantro cream sauce ($13). It comes either jerked, grilled, Key Lime, or blackened.
Keeping with the beach theme, Siesta Key Oyster Bar serves breakfast Sunday for the pre-beach crowd to grab a bite before hitting the sand.
There are the usual SKOBLETS, all at $11. Cougarville is a feature omelet with asparagus, portabella mushrooms, and goat cheese, served with pesto sauce.
A signature breakfast feast is the SCOB Benedict: Key-style Crab Cake with poached egg, asparagus, and Hollandaise sauce for $13.
All the “wake-up” meals come with two complimentary mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or screwdrivers, by the way.
The Siesta Key Oyster Bar is located at 5238 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. Phone 941-346-5443, or e-mail www.skob.com
Hours at 11 am. to closing seven days a week. There is a full liquor bar. Don’t forget the specials.
Be sure to check out the thousands of dollars stapled on the walls, ceiling and posts in the main dining room.
Just proves the Siesta Key Oyster Bar is popular.