We went out to a seafood restaurant last night. This one was in Westshore Plaza where they have almost a village of new restaurants. Like the others, I guess you would describe this one as “upscale chain.’’ And it was pretty good. The service was attentive, the fish was fresh and I even had something called a “key lime martini’’ that was like key lime pie with a kick.
Where they lost me was when I said I wanted a dozen oysters. This place has four different kinds of oysters to choose from, except that each order is for four oysters at $7.50 an order. I mean geez, it’s like that pound of coffee you buy in the grocery these days that is less than a pound.
“You mean,’’ I said a little too loudly for my wife to the waiter, “that if I ordered a dozen oysters that would be thirty bucks?’’
The waiter only nodded, certainly wondering what cheap local yahoo he had been stuck with.
I don’t care. This is Florida, and it’s not even resort Florida or one of those Disney jobs and thirty bucks for a dozen oysters is way over any body’s top.
I mean isn’t it enough you risk your health eating raw shell fish without getting a raw deal at the same time?
Posted by Edwrad G Ogle Sr., Orange Park, FL on 07/20 at 09:51 AM
My wife and I went to a steak house yesterday. I paid $40 for what should have cost $24 five years ago. When I retired our future looked very comfortable - I’m not so sure any longer if prices keep going the way they are, and this is a time of very low inflation, pity the future of this great country.
Posted by David E. De Wald, South Tampa on 06/02 at 05:39 AM
Back in 1976-79 when Elaine (my wife) & I lived in South Tampa just off Westshore, almost directly across the South Tampa peninsula from your home, I worked in St Pete at Florida Anesthesia Services (FAS) just a block from Gandy, there was s seafood restaurant and bar located next doorâ€¦. My one beer and two dozen oysters cost only $3.25 â€¦.. Every workday for more than a year I drove from Westshore Blvd, ove rthe Gandy bridge, to FAS, and almost every workday ate my oysters, and drank that beerâ€¦
Times do changeâ€¦
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