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 ten 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.