February 20, 2001
With our time in Florida coming rapidly to an end, we wanted to eat as much seafood as we could before having to climb on the plane.
Judging by the amount of cars outside, we decided this must be a pretty popular place, even though the main lunch hour had already past.
After a hostess showed us to a table a waitress in a pirate's outfit got our drink orders and said she would return and take our order.
Tables in the Mutineer are rather close together so this is the reason why my wife came to ask the lady at the next table where she was from.
My wife had heard a familiar accent, and when the woman replied, "Tennessee," my wife was quick to tell her we were from Alabama.
By the time the waitress returned with our drinks and to take our order my wife was deep in conversation with the woman from Tennessee.
Taking a short break from her conversation, my wife ordered the shrimp salad and I ordered a jumbo soft shell crab sandwich.
The restaurant offers a hot daily buffet each day for $7.95, which our neighbors from Tennessee said was very good. There was quite a variety but not enough seafood items to tempt me from swaying from my soft shell crab sandwich.
While waiting for our meal, my wife continued her conversation and found the couple from Tennessee were staying at a campground just down the street from the restaurant.
They had been in Tampa for the Super Bowl festivities but moved further south when cold weather hit the Tampa area.
While my wife did not particularly care for her shrimp salad, my soft shell crab sandwich was delicious, although a woman that was seated behind me halfway through my meal almost ruined it with her cigarette smoke.
From journal Florida City - Gateway to the Everglades