Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grill opened in December of 2013 as part the newly developed New Smyrna Marina. In addition to the restaurant, the marina offers boat slips, a fishing store and there are currently a handful of “Key West” style houses being built. We were invited to visit Outriggers and we were excited to see what they had to offer.
Although it was a beautiful sunny day, we opted to eat inside, though there are plenty of outdoor tables right on the water where you can watch the boats come and go. It was 2pm in the afternoon and the patio was packed.
We were immediately greeted by the Director of Operations Ian. A very personable and friendly guy, he talked us through the menu, not only pointing out the most popular items but also his personal favorites. He ordered us two of the most crowd-pleasing appetizers- the Sprouts with Candied Bacon and the Fried Green Tomato Stack.
First, the sprouts. Yes, we don’t eat pork very often, if ever, but I was excited to try the candied bacon with the brussel sprouts. The bacon was just a sidenote however. The flavor of the sprouts spoke for themselves. They were beefy, hearty and very lightly fried. Maybe it’s because I love brussel sprouts, maybe it’s because restaurants rarely serve them, whatever it was I absolutely loved them. The balsamic drizzle added a little sweetness to the sprouts. Even if you think you don’t like brussel sprouts, you will love these.
Then we tried the Fried Green Tomato Stack. Fried green tomatoes are one of our most favorite appetizers- we tend to order them everywhere we go and we have had some great ones and we’ve had some not-so-great ones. However, this version at Outriggers was above the great ones- by far the best I have ever had. The tomatoes themselves were plump and juicy. They were lightly fried in a crispy batter which only added to its Heavenly factor. The tomatoes were stacked on top of each other, with a dollop of a goat and cream cheese mixture between each. They were placed on a plate drizzled with a balsamic glaze and a spicy remoulade sauce. My mouth is watering just writing about them.
Ian also ordered us the Tiki Tacos which are sold a la carte. He brought us a pulled pork version as well as blackened fish. The pork was piled high on a soft flour tortilla with cheese and that spicy remoulade sauce that came with the tomatoes. And again, even though we don’t eat pork, Ian said this was one of his most popular items on the menu so we had to give it a try. While I don’t miss bacon all that much, I do miss pulled pork. This pork was so tender it melted in my mouth.
The blackened fish soft taco was quite tasty as well. A mild whitefish was lightly blackened and placed a top of bed of fresh guacamole and coleslaw. It was then drizzled with a ranch dressing. For only $3 a pop, you cold easily make an inexpensive but filling meal out of the tacos.
However, we still had more food to come. Chad had the Drunken Mermaid Fish Sandwich, an item Ian says he sells 50-100 of them a day. A white fish filet, lightly blackened, served on a bun with provolone cheese, coleslaw and a spicy remoulade sauce. Also topped with crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes, we could easily understand why this is one of the more popular menu choices.
I had a heard time deciding between the Fish N Waffle and the Fish N Grit Cakes. Fried Chicken and Waffles have become all the rage lately and I loved the idea of replacing the chicken for fried fish. However, the waffle was actually a bacon waffle, and while that sounds amazing, I opted for the Fish N Grit Cakes. The fish I had was called Golden Tile, which I had never even heard of let alone tried before. Ian explained it is a rather rare fish with a very short season, unlike a Mahi Mahi which can be fished almost year round. It was, however, similar to a Mahi Mahi fish in that it was light and flaky. The Golden Tile was grilled and topped with a cheese sauce. Interesting, I have never really thought of topping fish with cheese but this worked, very well I might add.
The grits were delicious as well. These weren’t your diner style grits, these were fried up into a golden cake and topped with cheese in addition to the cheese sauce. Absolutely wonderful. The grits cake could have stood on its own without all the cheese, as the Golden Tile might have benefitted without the sauce as well. It was a tasty dish, though not my favorite of everything we tried.
We sampled some of the sides as well, my favorite being the broccoli salad. They also offer tater tots, rice pilaf, coleslaw and asparagus in addition to a few other sides.
And of course, we couldn’t leave without dessert. A few of the dessert choices included Key Lime Pie and a Chocolate Fondue. We, however, chose the Mediterranean Cheesecake. The cheesecake was infused with thyme and topped with toasted walnuts. Definitely worth saving room for.
The views were of course amazing. Next time we will absolutely take a table outside. Or maybe we will just grab a drink at the outdoor tiki bar. I know I will be back for that stack of tomatoes. This is definitely a place I would take out of town guests or anyone looking to get of Orlando for the day.
The recently opened New Smyrna Marina is a neat area. There have already been a handful of fishing tournaments and Outriggers occasionally offers live music. How fun it would be to live in one of those “Key West” style houses and just roll out your door, have a drink, catch a band and go fishing.
Special thanks to Ian and Outriggers for hosting us and sponsoring this post, however, all opinions are my own.