I have to say I went in to this blog with hesitation. We are beginning to visit our local restaurants and give you a review of the local fare. My past experience with our closest local restaurant had been far from stellar. So, I simply stopped going. It had been almost 3 year since I had stepped through the doors of Tacky Jack’s 2 and I thought it was time to give it another try.
Alex and I gave them a call and set up lunch with Richard and the staff. As we walked up the colorful stairs and heading to the little indoor dining room, I had fond memories flash in my head of a Sunset on the outdoor deck when it was brand new. Alex and were greeted at the door by Christie and Mel with smiling faces letting us know we could sit any where we wanted.
We grabbed a seat near the bar and were joined by Richard the manager and took a look at the menu. Not too much had changed since I had been in last. It is still a colorful place with friendly staff and very casual dining. The menu is simple burger and seafood. Some of the favorites on the menu are Crab Claws or Mexican Garbage for an appetizer. You can get those crab claws steamed or fried, both are wonderful! Beware the Mexican Garbage is big enough for a crowd. If it’s just two of you this could be your entire meal. We chose to have some gumbo as it is also a favorite on the menu and a side salad. The gumbo is tomato based and has a great flavor with plenty of little shrimp for the seafood lover. The salad was simply a little garden salad with tomatoes and croutons; you get your choice of dressings. Either is a great addition to your meal especially if you are extra hungry.
For our lunch we tried to cover the spectrum, Alex is not a seafood eater and I am so I had fish tacos with Chips and salsa, and Alex had a Bacon Cheese Burger with fries. The food was out very quickly but while we waited we chatted with Richard, and we talked about this past summer. He said they had record crowds and a great summer over all. Their goal is to make each hungry person happy and full before they leave. He said with the small indoor space this can be a little tricky because they simply cannot seat everyone in the cool Air conditioned comfort of the restaurant. He was so glad they added the outdoor dining area, which is nice to sit out and enjoy the sunset. But in the heat of the summer it is just hot sometimes. After being on the beach all day people are not always super excited about eating in the heat. Once they get their yummy food everyone seems to settle in to the cool breeze on the deck and enjoy the view.
Our food arrived about that time and everything looked great and smelled wonderful. Alex’s bacon cheese burger was beautiful and I was a bit jealous. But them my tacos showed up. The tacos and chips and salsa were a fantastic portion and were cooked perfect. I chose to have the fish blackened, but you can have it grilled or fired. My only complaint was the salsa wasn’t spicy enough for me, but I LOVE SPICY! Alex’s burger was huge; we could have split it and had plenty of food. Truthfully, we could have split my tacos as well and I did share taco’s, gumbo and dessert with my husband!!!
While we ate we talked about Tacky Jacks down below. There is a fantastic little beach bar that opens at 3 each day. They’ll make any drink you request but we highly recommend you try the Bushwacker. It is a local favorite and we think you’ll love it especially on those hot summer afternoons. Year around there is the funniest Karaoke you will find anywhere. The locals will entertain you and the vacationers will amaze you with their singing abilities. Be sure to take an evening and join the fun.
We finished off our meal with yummy desserts, Alex had Peanut Butter Pie, and I enjoyed Key Lime Pie. Both are wonderful and certainly meet that sweet craving if you have room for dessert. There is also the choice of a brownie pie is chocolate is more your thing.
Don’t miss out on breakfast at Tacky Jacks 2. The Farmers Omelet is big enough to feed two at least and maybe three. The waffles are my favorite! This is the perfect place to stop and get a last beautiful view before you go. They open at 8 AM and breakfast is until 10:30.
I am happy to send vacationers over to Tacky Jacks 2 for a meal and to enjoy a fun time at the bar. I have no doubt they will be treated like the local family and have some great food and have a fun time! Be sure to stop by when if you get a chance and don’t for get to enjoy the UNBEATABLE sunset view from the patio dining area.