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diningfeature Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen: Making Seafood Great Again
f there is one thing the Loder family knows how to do, and do extremely well, is operate and run a restaurant. OK, so operate and run may be the same damn thing. After eating dinner last night at the new Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen in Treasure Island, I have an overwhelming amount of passion to share my experience with you, because truthfully, it was that damn good. Hey, what's with the swearing? Seriously, folks, before I get down and dirty into how good the food was at Captain Bill's, I think it is only fair to share with you the history of the Captain Bill's--Crabby Bill's--Loder Clan. In 1975, the Loder family opened Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen in Redington Shores, which grew into three restaurants, which the family later sold. After selling the Captain Bill's name and location in 1982, the Loders needed to come up a new name for the family business. Crabby Bill's was born and history was made. And now, more than 40 years later, John Loder, the son of Crabby Bill Loder himself, and Debra Faust had the opportunity to open a restaurant in the Treasure Island location, and the
good fortune to open under the original name of Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen. Their strategy for success is simple. "If we can't buy fresh fish, we don't sell it. You might come in and we might be out of a certain fish and that's because we couldn't buy it fresh," said Loder. From being in the area for over 42 years, Loder said they have great connections with all the fishing boats and captains. "Locals, locals, locals. It's very important to take care of the locals. The locals feed us year round, is what my father told us," said Loder. As rich in tradition is the Loder name, so, too, is their success and ability t o
Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen 145 107th Ave. Treasure Island 727-317-3940 serve amazing seafood. On the night I visited Captain Bill's, I ordered the chargrilled oysters, which, OMG, are to die for. I know I say that a lot, but I only say it when I mean it. You have to order them. Chargrilled with cheese on top. Oh my gosh. I asked Brandy for a menu recommendation, which, by the way, you have to ask for her because she was superb and knows her business. She recommended all the fish, so I went with the amberjack, kingfish and grouper. Listen, people, I don't stroke a restaurant unless they deserve it. If I go to a joint and it does not live up to my expectations, I simply do not do a dining feature on them, because I do
not want to lose my journalistic integrity. Yes, that's very important. Going back to the fish, it was so incredibly fresh and out-of-this-world delicious. On a side note, I do not know what in the world the Loders do to create this Old Florida ambiance and charm in their restaurants, but they've got it down to a science. Captain Bill's was simply awesome but for those of you, which is a ton, who know their history, why should we be surprised? The only regret I have is that I didn't order the crab cakes. I was told they are amazing. After I had already eaten, of course. Damn it! Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen also offers pasta, steak and chicken dishes, as well as sandwiches and burgers, for the landlubbers among us.