Lindsey Harris · Sep 23, 2019 · 3 min read
When I first moved to St. Pete, I was convinced that I would frequent the beach for the sunshine and good food... but sometimes, life gets away from you and it doesn’t always work out the way you think. Last weekend, after nearly a year of living in St. Pete, I finally decided to try out one of the many great restaurants in St. Pete Beach, MadFish Restaurant.
MadFish Restaurant appears to be a retro diner from the outside, but once inside you’re instantly transported to what almost feels like the interior hull of a ship, from dark wood booths, tables, and the beautiful wine bar.
Before arriving at MadFish, after only viewing the menu online, I was set on ordering seafood for my appetizers and entrée. We asked our server, Matt, to make some recommendations from the menu and one of the first things he said was, “even though our name is MadFish, don’t sleep on the steak.” Instantly my mind was changed from ordering a seafood entrée to ordering a steak. But first, appetizers!
Since all our minds were now set on land for entrées, we decided to swim in the sea for our appetizers. We started with the Drunken Island Shrimp and the Scallop Special. The Drunken Island Shrimp is served in a delicious, creamy garlic sauce with a side of Cuban bread to sop up the remaining sauce.
The Scallop special had four perfectly pan seared scallops accompanied by chorizo, beets, feta, and pickled vegetables. All the elements of the dish were separated on the plate, so we were able to have a little fun with it and create our own unique bite each time. The perfect bite for me was scallop, a little chorizo, and a bit of the pickled veggies (sweet, spicy, tangy).
It is very rare for me to order a steak when I’m out to eat, but Matt convinced me it was the right choice. He informed us that their steaks are cut and seasoned in house. On the menu they have a variety of cuts from Filet, T-bone, Angus Ribeye, New York Strip, or The Chateaubriand Experience for Two (30oz of Finest Quality Tenderloin Cooked Medium-Rare).
As tempting as it was for me to order the Chateaubriand for Two, I decided to go with the Angus Ribeye (for one) accompanied by their peppercorn steak sauce. The steak had a salt and pepper crust and was cooked perfectly medium-rare with the fatty edges melting in my mouth. My guests ordered the T-bone and The Pork Tenderloin, we shared bites of each others dishes and agreed that all three dishes were equally appetizing.
We finished off our meals with dessert. Matt let us know that all the desserts are made in-house, outside of the Banana’s Foster Cheesecake (provided by Mike’s Pies). I can never resist a Key Lime Pie, so that was the obvious choice for me, and we also ordered the Crème Brule, and Banana’s Foster Cheesecake. Each dessert was as delectable as the next.
If you’re out and about in St. Pete Beach – run, don’t walk to MadFish Restaurant. This may have been my first visit, but it will not be my last.
Fun Fact: In addition to serving at MadFish, Matt is also the wine curator. The wine list has a great variety of options, so we decided to have wine pairings with each course.
Seafood and Steak in a Diner Atmosphere in St. Pete Beach