As the heated summer months approach, few things are quite as necessary as moments by the water. Breezy, seafearing meals to relish by the water, that is. Get a taste of Harborside, where your dining experience will entail just that.
photography by tina sargeant //styling by daniel barceló
A long this quiet waterfront, soft rifts of water send out an easy, cool breeze. The kind that make you pause, inhale a nice, deep breath, and prepare to enjoy a few moments away from it all. Couples walk alongside the still-wooden harbor. Kids sit, lined up on the dock of the bay as the tide rolls in, dipping their toes in the cool water. Several boats drift along the ripples of orange-infused sunlit bay along the lake. Full of guests feasting on crab legs sits a lakeside restaurant and fish fare as a gathering crowd patiently waits outside to make their way into this casual, inviting seafood grill and bar.
With a coastal scenic view, at a glance briefly reminiscent of a New England oceanside, the restaurant serves up its fresh fare of seafood, steak, and oysters with a bit of everything in between. Though it hones in on flavors from the sea, which most its faithful following flock to it for, it no doubt carries a bit of enough tastes for any picky eater who may arrive.
From raw oysters to fried pickles, Harborside’s classic seafood menu offers a variety of oceanside-worthy mainstays and plenty of hearty American bar staples, serving light to hearty entrees centered on the classic fresh fish and seafood staples one seeks out a fishhouse for.
Harborside’s starters include an array of sea-central concoctions as well as classic appetizers. Serving Sea Skins, a shrimp and crab spin on loaded potato skins, to Banging Fried Shrimp and Fried Pickles, the usual Atlantic Ocean suspects will also be found. Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell, Peel & Eat Shrimp and Pan-Roasted Clams are just a few of the anchor tastes that keep a long line waiting. Entrees highlight fresh fish of day and their trusty Hand Held items, such as the Southern Fried Shrimp Wrap and the always-dependable Grouper Sandwich with Florida Key-Lime and Dill Tartar Sauce.
While packed like a can of sardines, this large lakeside restaurant draws much of its local and out-of-town crowd no doubt for such fresh and simple seafood selections. Butchered in house, each of this bar and grill’s entree fish plates serve a hearty eight- to nine-ounce portion for each offering, so you will be sure to leave this Harborside with a satiated appetite.