By MAGGIE WRIGHT
Normally when you think of dockside bars you picture a sailboat inspired decor coupled with a seafood inspired menu. But Paradise Bar and Grille is lacking all of the typical elements, making it a dockside bar with a new refreshing twist.
Instead of trying to make customers feel like they are on a boat with hanging marlins and beach murals, the folks at Paradise took the opposite approach by decorating their bar with tropical plants and flowers, and a huge rain forest painting in the main dining room. The wait staff and bartenders are dressed in crisp white trousers and loud Hawaiian shirts, only adding to the tropical theme.
The menu includes a large variety of entrees, including twin lobster tails, sizzling fajitas and a vast selection of delicious pizzas with innovative topping combinations such as crushed tomatoes with pine nuts, and scallions with proscuttio and shrimp. Customers can also order shrimp cocktail, neck clams and seasonal oysters at the raw bar.
The Key West Chicken was especially delicious. The grouping of slow roasted chicken with honey lime sauce and pineapple had a refreshing taste, reminding me of a meal that would be served at a luau.
The dockside bar has a variety of draft and bottled beers ranging from $5-$8 each. And since The Crab Shell and Paradise Island are close neighbors, the whole dock area tends to fill up quickly, making it a good choice for a thrilling Friday or Saturday night.