The Grand Marlin
I was in Pensacola to get away for a few days and wanted to have dinner with a few friends. We got into the car to go in one direction but ended up at the Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach. I thought it was one of those fancy places reserved for special occasions. Not so said my friends.
|Steamed PEI Mussels|
We decided to get a couple of appetizers to start off our meal. One of my friends really liked the mussels on a prior visit. It has roasted tomatoes, garlic, white wine, butter and basil in the sauce. It's served with two huge slices of buttered bread. These has got to be some of the smallest mussels I have ever had. It must have something to do with it being the season because they were downright scrawny. The sauce was delicious but I have had better, namely Bone Fish's Mussel Josephine. Be forewarned, there's a $2.50 for extra bread if you want to sop up more of that delicious juice.
|"Salt & Peppers" Calamari|
The second appetizer we ordered was the "Salt & Peppers" calamari. It's crispy fried squid with sweet and hot peppers served with a habanero lime aioli. Talk about stretching a dish. TGM fries up maybe two squids, pickles slices and sliced banana peppers then sells the whole shebang for $10. Really? I was expecting a lot more from TGM. I also wanted more from the aioli. I was expecting a spicy sauce with a lot of dimension. What I got tasted like wasabi mixed with mayonnaise. At this point, I was wondering if I am paying more for the view than the actually food.
|TGM Cheddar Burger|
|Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad|
|Pineapple Mojito and virgin pina colada|
I have to admit the best part about the TGM has got to be the view. During the daylight, the view of the water is breathtaking and the nighttime view isn't bad either. It's great to look across your table and see the big 360 Observation wheel lit up. If you prefer a more climate controlled environment, the indoor seating area isn't bad either. It looks very comfortable.
We had Bobby as our server. After taking a seat, he came by and introduced himself and took our drink orders. He brought back the drinks in a timely manner. We wanted to order appetizers but he rushes off to help the big party seated next to us. They get their desserts and coffee before he even returns to our table. It was at about the 10 minute mark when Bobby came back. We put our order in. The food came out at a good pace but we didn't get much attention from our server until that large party has left the building. I understand he probably got a better tip off that group than our four top but TGM should have had another server nearby to help out so no one feels neglected. It wasn't terrible service but it could have been better.
To check out the Grand Marlin's website, click here. TGM also post their daily specials on their Facebook page.