Guppy's has been one of my favorite spots on the Pinellas beaches for almost 20 years. It's a consistently shining star in the sea of mediocre, fried-seafood-on-a-paper-plate-with-limp-fries-and-wilted-cole-slaw tourist traps that pepper the barrier islands (what makes you think I'm talking about YOU, Crabby Bill's?). ;) The quality of the food is unwaveringly high, and the menu is quite creative for the market and the price structure.
Fearing that I was approaching an almost certainly dangerous state of caloric deficit after a grueling hour of yard work, I rationalized that (for health reasons) a hearty lunch was imperative and implored UD to hop the pond with me to hit Indian Rocks Beach for a seafood treat. At 2:30 in the afternoon the restaurant was still slammed and service started out a bit slowly (honestly, service at Guppy's is often slow...but it's always polite and makes for a nice, liesurely meal), but the food was worth waiting for. The host who seated us brought us a Mich Ultra and a glass of Wente Chardonnay right away, which was a blessing because it was a good ten minutes before we met our server.
Nothing like a cold beer to help UD feign patience:
And probably another 10 before our hot, crusty Ciabatta Bread with Herb-Infused Olive Oil arrived...wonderful as always.
We started by sharing the Escargot appetizer. I love escargot and order it almost every time I see it on a menu...and Guppy's really has this dish down. The snails were melt-in-your-mouth perfection and swimming in butter, herbs, garlic and minced green onion. We sopped up every bit of the remaining sauce with our bread and it was divine.