1020 E Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, FL 33596
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
When Al Paone and his son, Albert, opened Shrimp Boat Grill, it didn't look like much, tucked in a strip mall with several other restaurants, its decor a comfortable stew that says "mid-priced seafood restaurant." But this place gets cranking, maybe in part due to its drink and wine specials, but more likely because the namesake crustacean dishes are excellent. Try either the grilled shrimp served simply with drawn butter and a choice of side (broccoli, cole slaw, etc., with a salad option for an additional fee), or a garlicky, buttery shrimp scampi served over spaghettini are welcome choices. This is honest, fairly straightforward American food, served at fair prices. But if that's all you eat, you miss half the story. The junior Paone does ambitious four-course tasting menus on Saturday nights.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun.