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Everglades City report

andy huse | Mar 2, 200512:33 PM

had a nice weekend in Everglades City. On the way down near Ft. Myers (exit 141 on I-75), while debating which chain to eat at, my girlfriend spotted a place called Mucho Taco. It was just what the doc ordered. Great beef and chicken tacos, burritos, tamales, and a superior chile rellenos with cheese. small hole in wall, cheap, and very good. While the suburbanites lined up out the door at the Subway next door, we feasted like kings!

In Everglades City itself, the Rod & Gun Club was at the top of our list--- until we actually ate there. The building itself is incredible, the stained wood, the trophies, the ambience. Dinner was a crash and burn. No soup, no pompano, no scallops, out of many items--- on a friday. Out waitress was out of a bad movie, dripping sweat over the dishes, complaining about the stubborn Polish chef.

While the tables around us were served and seated with new parties, we waited. and waited. Two hours later, we left happily--- not happy with our meals or service, just happy to leave. My surf and turf left much to be desired: the turf was a strip steak with lots of gristle, the turf was three broiled shrimp. The tiny grouper portion of a companion went largely uneaten. My girlfriend's seafood pasta was underwhelming as well.

The cost for this fiasco for four: $140. I couldn't even find our server to get the check--- she was outside smoking and complaining. I tipped $5--- ouch! she was out complaining and smoking some more as we left. We renamed this place the "Rotten Gut Club."

I originally planned to eat at the club for both nights of our stay, but there was no way we'd return. we tried oyster house the next night instead. swift friendly service, not nearly as crowded at the club, and good food. Not great, but good. The tomato-based stone crab soup was excellent, as was the chowder. Broiled pompano was meaty and a hit with the ladies. The men enjoyed shellfish and gator tail, all good.

Clearly, no one should go to Everglades City to eat. We were there for the live animals, after all. Stay away from the Rotten Gut Club, all ye who enter here!

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