It's funny how a few beers on a lazy Saturday can turn into a surprise burger review. My buddy Kris and I decided to get some dranks and oysters at a Salt Life Food Shack in Coral Springs. That turned into a full out lunch and me taking a chance on a burger at a seafood restaurant.
Salt Life Food Shack is fairly new to the area and I've been there a handful of times now. It provides a nice relaxing atmosphere that those of the salt life sub-culture enjoy; that culture being of fishermen, divers, surfers, and pretty much anyone who loves that beach. Surfboards hang the walls as do flat screens among the soft blue tiles and light colors which provide a very enjoyable ambience. The eclectic menu, which goes from American to Asian to Hawaiian at times, makes for exciting and new combinations of flavors you can't really find anywhere else in the neighborhood. The bartenders are friendly, happy to give recommendations and jibber jabber with you, and the manager even bought us a round of beers just because the kitchen took a little longer then expected to get the food out. But enough already about that stuff, let's get to why you are reading this...the food.
Appetizer - Oysters on the Half Shell $11.99 - Dozen oysters raw or steamed
Of course we went with the raw. It's the best way to eat them. They were definitely plump and juicy.
I've had bad luck lately with my burger choices, but I finally found a winner, in a very unexpected place at that. No one really goes to a seafood restaurant to order a burger, unless you're a weirdo like me. But damn, I sure am glad I was "that guy." The burger was grilled perfectly to a nicely pink medium-rare. I didn't even have to cut in half to tell that. A thin layer of redness puddles up right underneath the patty on top of the bottom bun, a sure sign that the burger was not overcooked. It had a nice grill flavor with a woody smokiness. The sesame seed bun was soft and pillowy like a cloud carrying...well I guess a cloud carrying a delicious burger. The shredded lettuce provided that crunch for texture, the tomato was fresh and juicy, and the pickles provided that acidic bite. The Shack sauce actually went totally unnoticed. I don't even recall seeing it on the burger, so there is no way I can evaluate it, but I do know that either its presence was not needed. The only other real criticism I could have is that when I tasted the patty itself without the other accoutrements, it could have used a pinch more salt. Oh yeah, it doesn't come with a side, so you have to order fries separately if you want them. I didn't realize this so I just enjoyed my burger with no disctractions.
Drink - Wild Blueberry (Draft)
Blueberries delicious, beer delicious, blueberry beer AMAZING! I have been on a blueberry beer kick lately. This pairing may be the greatest invention ever.
Conclusion: This place is worth the stop, burger or not. If you're not big on beef then try the tuna burger as my buddy Kris did. He said it was straight fire. The only other thing I have tried here is the Soft Shell Crab BLT which was crazy good too. The beer selection is nice, the food is exciting, and the atmophere is enjoyable.