For the kids: Believe it or not, it's the decor. It's themed with pirates, lost treasure and other Caribbean oddities. As you enter, there is outdoor seating with live parrots which entertain from their caged perches. There are swinging picnic tables. Kids get a kid's menu, crayons and a placemat to color and a few gold and silver nuggets to pocket. At the table we sat, the top looked like a long-ago scene of a ship wreck on the shore.
This place fit the bill for us. We had just traipsed through time at the Renaissance Fair at Quiet Waters with four tall teen-aged boys and a starving 11 year-old pirate-in-training. In all, there were nine of us in the party. There was plenty of room and lots of friendly service.
The adults hunkered down with just water (we already had our libations at said earlier event) and Smoked BBQ pork for $8.99. The meals came with slaw and we ordered fries or onion crisps on the side ($1.50). The teenagers ordered the Muddy's Fatxtra Atkins plate because they wanted the five jumbo wings AND the sirloin patty combo $9.99.
There is an ocean of seafood offerings—Floribbean fisherman's platter $26.99, Coconut jumbo shrimp $17.99—though for some reason we were all about beef. Maybe it was the leftover RenFest influence.
Best reason to go: Variety and friendly service. Dining here can get expensive quickly, although that's relative to what one wants to spend. We all ordered items under $10. And that wasn't really by design. But you could create a different dining experience depending on how much you want to spend. The steamed peel and eat one pound shrimp appetizer is $23.99, while the London Broil dinner served with a salad and bread, and two sides is $15.99
Kid comfort: There's lots to see. It's a roomy place and comfortable. It's not one of those environments where you have to whisper or constantly hush your kid. It's fun, friendly and relaxed.
Service: The waiter was very friendly, patient and accessible. He and all the staff were attentive to questions and refills.