Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Wendy Lee0
Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill
Visitors to New Smyrna Beach came out in numbers last weekend to celebrate the sun and the exciting new menu at Gnarly Surf Bar and Grill located at 114 Flagler Avenue, the first left turn after you cross the north causeway.
Returning to the bistro to check out the Sunday brunch, we ran into a group of Colorado bachelors who are here to install a skate park. By chance, I knew the park they installed near my home in Roxborough Park, Colorado, south of Denver.
The foursome were all smiles giving a thumbs up to the menu including the Fish Tacos (pictured left) and the Flat Iron Steak, 8 oz. pan seared flat iron steak served over roasted garlic mashed potatoes and topped with herb butter and roasted salsa.
Although they were tempted to order the Gnarly Burger, they decided that a fresh fish sandwich suited the inland waterway setting.
Chef Joey, who joined the Grill eight months ago after serving as a chef in Lake Mary, dons a wool cap in lieu of the traditional Chef’s cap as he talks about his pride in the Gnarly Surf Bar and Grill. “Many of the offerings are spicy” he said, reflecting the influence of Puerto Rico and traditional Spanish cuisine.
I asked him to explain chimmichurri, which is used in several of the entrees. “A mixture of fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil, which enhances the flavor.”
All the ingredients in the dishes served are fresh, which includes the Polynesian Mahi and the Lamb Osso Bucco. Plus the shrimp from the Fried Shrimp and Mac N Cheese, which includes one dozen large panko fried shrimp served with a side of homemade smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese.
Next visit I plan to bring friends and savor the Seafood Paella (pictured right), with lobster meat, shrimp, mussels and the fresh catch of the day stewed in a tomato and white wine broth served over saffron rice.
My granddaughter, visiting from Colorado, recently shared several items on the menu with two friends. They were glad to see only fresh ingredients used on what they called “an innovative menu.” They loved the ambiance including wooden benches in an informal setting outside.
My guests enjoyed the Mussels, the Rocket Salad (pictured below) and the Cajun Shrimp Satay. “The salads are unbelievable,” they added, noting only the freshest ingredients including crisp lettuce and veggies that came from local gardens.
Prices range from $6 for starters to Entrees from $15 to $20 for the Seafood Paella. For a weekend treat make a date for Gnarly’s Sunday Brunch and select from the Rippin Hot Cakes (two jumbo pancakes served with your choice of bananas, strawberries, blueberries or chocolate chips). Or select instead the Omelet My Way or the Montadito de Patatas, a gourmet’s delight. Take time to read the offerings before you order.
Open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For early risers, this is a treat near the beach with views of the draw bridge where visitors come to enjoy the sunshine, the beach and the food at Gnarly Surf Bar.
Call 386-957-3844 and find your way to New Smyrna’s Surf Bar where friendly waiters and Chef Joey are ready to serve you.
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