A dozen steamers from Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill
Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill in Plantation is a raw bar and grill, nestled inside a sports bar. They have 30 flat-panel televisions suspended on the walls around the restaurant, and every seat in the house has some view of one or more televisions.
Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill has a laid-back, strictly Florida casual restaurant feel to it, with the droning din and the occasional raucous outbursts of a sports bar. If the "big game" is on, expect lots of cheering and yelling.
The menu at Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill is extensive, and all types of traditional bar food are represented, with the added selections of fresh seafood and raw bar and with most priced under $15. Their one-and-a-quarter pound orders of King, Queen, and Dungeness Crab, as well as their Lobster Tail Dinner are sold at "market price," but when it comes to fresh crab and lobster, you expect to shell out more than $15.00.
We started out with a cup of the Manhattan Conch chowder, and when I'd finished mine, I'd wished I had ordered the bowl. Full of tasty pieces of conch in a Manhattan-style tomato and vegetable broth, this chowder has plenty of flavor, but not overpowering so the ocean flavor of the conch comes through.
The Conch Fritters and Fried Calamari, were less inspiring as the seafood struggled to get through the flavors of the coatings and the frying oil. The potato-skins we ordered were generous but somewhat dried-out (over-cooking or under the heat lamp too long?).
I do like how they give you your choice of small, medium, or large clams when you order a pot of steamers. We ordered medium, and they were steamed right, and tasted fresh.
On a second visit, the fresh grouper filet sandwich with fries and Cole slaw was generously served on a Hoagie roll, and stuffed with plenty of lettuce and tomato, but the fries looked suspiciously like Ore-Ida crinkle-cut frozen French Fries. Let's face it. We all know that 99 percent of the restaurants we visit serve frozen French Fries, but crinkle-cut fries scream it out, "I'M FROZEN."
My friend ordered a lunch special of blackened-catfish with rice and beans, which he said was tasty, and from my side of the table, it looked to be a generous portion.
Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill was recently voted South Florida's Best Sport's Bar on a local sports talk radio station, but to be honest, I think the polling was fixed, I just don't see it. It may very well be the friendliest sports bar in South Florida and it does have lots of televisions and a great classic sports bar menu with the addition of the raw bar menu items, but I would think of it more as a great "neighborhood" sports bar for the folks of West Central Broward. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill
1851 North Pine Island Road
Plantation , FL 33322
Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. (kitchen closes 1:40 a.m.)
Sun 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes 12:40 a.m.)
** Inconsistent quality between menu items $ - $$ (Inexpensive - Moderate)
$ = Inexpensive - Less than $15 / person , excluding drinks
$$ = Moderate - Between $15 and $25 / person excluding drinks
$$$ = Expensive - Between $26 and $35 / person excluding drinks
$$$$ = Very Expensive - Over $35 / person excluding drinks
Bill's menu recommendations: Conch Chowder, Clams, Sandwiches. My friend tells me their Chicken Wings are really what they are famous for, (something to look forward to on my next visit).
- Location: In the Jacaranda Square shopping center on the northwest corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Pine Island Rd.
- Type: Raw Bar, Sports Bar, American Grill
- Alcohol: Beer and Wine
- Eat-in: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Take-out: Yes (Take-out items subject to packaging charge)
- Delivery: Yes ($15.00 minimum)
- Credit cards accepted: MC, VI, DC, AX, DS ($15.00 minimum)
Photo credit: W. Skordelis