January 8, 2006
Every meal except one was consumed at this location, and a better location you will not find. At the end of the quiet pool and overlooking the beach and gulf, Quinn’s was exactly the kind of place I like to spend my vacation time. Quinn’s was where I could sit at a table on the outdoor deck and watch time go by on the beach while my server provided a bottomless glass of ice tea. Three adopted cats lived at Quinn’s subsisting on handouts from the customers and the wait staff. They hid under the deck during the day, but when hungry would come out and walk around. They would sit at a table and stare at the patrons until someone passed a french fry or piece of bun to them. As for food, the first night I had a Cuban sandwich, which was very good, but way too big. One was large enough for two people. The bartender warned us about this, but did we listen? The second night I had the crab cake sandwich, again delicious, and the third day I had a hamburger for lunch. All fantastic, but pricey, as to be expected. One afternoon while sitting on the patio, a friend and I ate a $10 platter chips and salsa and the joke of the trip was my ordering a $3 hamburger for $12.
What I enjoyed most at Quinn’s was the evening bartender from Boston. She had been working at a Boston Marriott for many years, but after her daughter left for college she decided to move somewhere warm and asked Marriott for a transfer. Marco Island was where she ended up. She told us about the hurricanes and how business had been really slow, but it allowed her to get to know her customers better and being able to watch the sun set over the gulf every night was a great bonus. She made the best cuba libres.
Quinn’s featured live music nightly showcasing two different local performers. Sunday night was the bluesy performer and he played a great first set while we ate dinner. He played "Take Me to the River," "On Broadway," and "Peg." Great guitar, however, his voice could not quite hit the high notes during "When a Man Loves a Woman." The next night another performer who had dreadlocks down to his knees sang "Three Little Birds" like the master Marley himself.
I should note that you do not have to stay at the resort to eat here. It's on the beach so any beachgoer can enjoy the place. The food at Quinn's was great and the atmosphere excellent. I spent every late afternoon and evening on the patio and enjoyed every minute, but why is it that because you are at a resort they think they can stick it to you with outrageous food prices? $10 for chips and salsa? Seriously?
From journal Marco Island and the Florida Everglades