Teresa and I recently returned home from our second culinary adventure vacation in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. We did this same trip last year in search primarily of the restaurants featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. We had such a great time that we just had to return to try a few more that we couldn't get to and to look for other great spots as well. We arrived on a Saturday in Tampa, procured a rented 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible and proceeded to our all-time favorite restaurant in the area; Keegan's Seafood Grille in Indian Rocks Beach, about 25 miles from the Tampa Airport and 15 miles from our hotel in St. Pete's Beach down the road.
Keegan's is a very low-key restaurant with a smallish dining area and bar in a fairly non-descript strip mall along Gulf Shores Blvd. It really is a kind of "sleeper" restaurant. The food, however, is nothing short of spectacular.
We arrived around 7:00 pm to find a fairly long line waiting for a table; no matter, I would wait for an hour for this food! We signed in with Rob and struck up a conversation. He directed us to the bar for a drink while we waited. Now we had been here before and knew that their White Sangria was amazing ( I have been working on figuring it out for a year now). The wait was not all that long and it was fun to talk with Rob, who seemed to be either a manager or owner. I told him that this blog was featured as #3 fan blog on his website from our visit last year so here I was again to write some more. By the way you can check them out at keegansseafood.com to find out about their daily specials. This night was Mediterranean Rubbed Char grilled Swordfish on a bed of Parmesan Smashed Potatoes with fresh Tomato and Olive Relish, Drizzled with a dark Balsamic and Citrus Reduction. Now doesn't that sound great? It was. We had another Sangria with dinner and Teresa had a piece of their Key Lime Pie for dessert.
They typically have 2 or 3 entree specials and a couple appetizers not on the normal menu. The seafood is always high quality and cooked perfectly and very pleasing to the eye as well. We came back a couple days later for another round and I'll tell you more about that in another episode.
If you can make your way here you will not be disappointed!