It would be very easy to drive or walk past The Wharf without blinking an eye. Ample Bites happened to read an article in The Gabber, a free weekly paper, about this spot favored by locals. The article declared that The Wharf has the coldest beer on the beach, several Happy Hours each day, and daily specials that include Tacos on Wednesday and fresh oysters on the weekends. It turned out to be right across the street from Ample Bites’ favorite spot in the area to buy fresh seafood, Shaner’s Land & Sea.
We choose a chilly winter evening to walk St. Pete Beach to the north end of Pass-A-Grille to arrive just in time for the latest Happy Hour of the day. Our journey took us past the legendary Don Cesar hotel, a coral-colored jewel that can be seen for miles along the Gulf coast. We also noticed a rustic beach house that was decorated with an attractive dolphin sculpture. The beach was pretty barren during our trek due to the strong and gusty north winds but we did see a lone windsurfer hugging the shoreline.
The Yuenling lager was indeed cold and the house cabernet sauvignon was by all accounts pretty good.
We started our meal with a Sesame Tuna that was perfectly seared and crusted with white and black sesame seeds. The tuna was drizzled with a wasabi sauce and a tangy house sauce that appeared to be Sriracha-based. The tuna was garnished with a generous serving of pickled ginger and a less generous serving of seaweed salad (though additional seaweed salad could be purchased for an additional $1.00).
The Taco Wednesday specials included chicken, pork, shrimp, Mahi-Mahi and grouper tacos. Ample Bites enjoyed two of the blackened grouper tacos with sweet Thai chili sauce. The lettuce and tomato was fresh and the generous serving of grouper was perfectly cooked and warm, obviously fresh from the pan. The tacos were served with a small but very tasty serving of red beans and rice.
The Grouper Reuben also included a very large, perfectly prepared piece of grouper with the traditional Reuben ingredients. Served with coleslaw, french fries or the red beans and rice, the sandwich was a plentiful entree.
A return visit to The Wharf for the weekend fresh oysters is undoubtedly in the works for Ample Bites and our visitors.