Luau BBQ Pork
School’s out for summmmmer! Sing it with me, folks. To celebrate the last day of school, The Husband took me over to Hula Bay Club. Hula Bay is situated right on the water, on the Tampa side of the Gandy Bridge. The view from the deck is breathtaking. First up, I needed a cocktail. Interestingly, there was no drink list on the table. Our sweet waitress had to go and procure one from “The old menu”. She succeeded and I ordered Cucumber Gimlet. Cucumber, Gin, Sugar and Lime. It was a bit chunky and over-muddled, but delicious.
I have been craving and eating all of the shrimp lately. For an appetizer, we decided on the Molten Martini. Crispy shrimp in a volcano sauce that had just the right amount of kick. We maybe had a chopstick fight over the last morsel. (Kidding-The World’s Sweetest Guy always offers lasties to me.:) Next time, we will try some of their yummy looking sushi.
Spencer ordered the Hula Bay Burger. This garlic teriyaki burger with honey dijon sauce, bacon, swiss and grilled pineapple was served on a Hawaiian sweet bun. The combination of tastes was out of this world. The bun was delicious, but fell apart with a quickness. We both would order it again, based on the stellar flavors. The steak fries were also top-notch.
So messy, but so good!
The Luau BBQ Pork comes with pulled roast pork, citrus BBQ, onion straws, and the aforementioned delectable fries. My bun met the same crumbly fate. This pulled pork is perfectly done, the folks over at Hula bay know what they are doing in the kitchen.
If you need a spot to chill or to celebrate with friendly service and one amazing view, then Hula Bay Club is the place for you.
The tradition continues. Chalk up another successful school year, and another celebration at Hula Bay. Not much has changed – the food, drinks, and view at this restaurant are all a cut above the rest.
My fantastic husband ordered the Beach Tacos with Blackened Shrimp. These were perfectly prepared and came with the requisite sides of rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, cilantro and pico. Ole!
I wisely chose a burger. The Long Beach is just about as good as a burger gets: Duke’s burger sauce, mayo, grilled portabello mushrooms, applewood bacon and swiss cheese. That sauce is some kind of wonderful, and my bun held up nicely.
We had a few issues with the drinks, (one that didn’t materialize, one that was way too strong), both circumstances were rectified with a quickness by our friendly waiter. This place is also moving up in my “Brunches to Try” bucket list.