Tucked under a canopy of trees on Camino Real right before hitting the Inlet, Waterstone Resort & Marina underwent a half a million-dollar renovation last year and rebranded its waterfront restaurant as SeaSpray Inlet Grill. While it is a hotel restaurant, the ambiance, views and overall tropical vibe lend itself for residents to (re)discover.
Going with the faux getaway theme, I started with a frozen Mango Mojito ($13). I find it difficult to find a well-balanced icy cocktail that’s not too sweet or too alcoholic or too watered down, but this one impressed me. The Myers’s Rum dark honeyed spirit blended effortlessly with the mango puree and hints of mint to make that seaside escape feeling linger.
The appetizers were the stand-outs of the meal: Once they hit the table, the conversation quickly lulled as we savored the Sticky Cauliflower ($12), Smoked Fish Dip ($14) and Pear Tortellini ($14). The tender cauliflower, marinated in a sesame soy glaze, was both savory and sweet and woke up the taste buds, while the fish dip wasn’t overpowered by mayonnaise (as it sometimes is at other places) and thus allowed the smooth, smoky notes to come out with just a hint of heat. The pasta, an unusual starter, was the star. The purses are stuffed with al den- te pear that gives them a crunchy texture blended with uber-creamy truffle sauce.
For main dishes, we tried the SeaSpray Cobb ($14 + $6 for chicken), Caesar ($14 + $9 for shrimp), SeaSpray Burger ($17) and the Chicken Club Wrap ($16). Both salads could have easily been shared. The Cobb was beautifully presented with solid sections of tomato, applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado and hard-boiled egg over romaine and iceberg lettuce and a side of balsamic vinaigrette. The Caesar also offered a generous amount of romaine hearts with large grilled shrimp, while the wrap’s filling didn’t skimp on the grilled chick- en, with a balanced portion of protein, Swiss cheese, bacon and lettuce in a garlic aioli. If you’re craving a juicy burger, SeaSpray is serving it up with melted ched- dar cheese and all the fixings in a toasted brioche bun. It also has the Beyond Burger for those looking for a plant-based alternative.
Sweet end-of-the-meal treats include Key lime pie, flourless chocolate cake and apple cobbler. But if you want to try something a little different, order the Campfire S’mores ($26). Feel like a kid again while you roast your own marshmallows over a petite fire and slather them onto a graham cracker while letting your hands get extra sticky and enjoying every minute of it.
IF YOU GO
PARKING: Hotel valet or self parking
HOURS: Thurs.-Sun., 8 a.m-10:30 a.m. (breakfast) Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (all day) Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
PRICES: Entrees $25-$48