Believe it or not there are even Gilligan's Island Restaurants out there in
the world! I have never personally been to any of these, so if one of you
ever get a chance to go to one, please float me a letter and give me your
opinion of the place. If you also can send me any menu's, flyers, napkins,
ect... I'll scan them and add the info to this page. Of course I'll give you
honorable mention on this site. Enjoy, and happy eating!!!
REVIEW: We decided to go to Colonial Beach today just for a change of pace.
Great weather, a nice ride up 301 and a little seafood. So we go across the border into Maryland, but we don't see any signs so we pull into the Visitor Center, and ask if there are any good seafood places nearby. We ended up going to the Gilligan's Pier on Pope's Creek Road.
We pull in at 11:30 am, and the place is pretty empty. We get a pitcher, and order 1/2 dozen large steamed crabs and a dozen steamed clams. 20 minutes later, the waitress comes back. Not with the food, but to say that they are out of the large crabs and would we mind the mediums instead? We say sure, anyone can make a mistake, no biggie, we are here to have fun. Funny she didn't bring out the clams, but we figure she must have wanted to bring it all out together.
Another 20 minutes, and a food runner comes out with the crabs and no clams. The crabs are fine, but we ask where the clams are, he says he'll check but we never see him again. 10 minutes later, the waitress comes back and we get another pitcher, and tell her the crabs are fine but we never got the clams. She came back with the pitcher, still no clams. Then I ask her again about the clams, and they finally come out. They were a chewy nasty hard as rubber bands mess, I think they must have been cooked when we asked for the large crabs, and sitting under a heat lamp the entire time.
We don't see the waitress for a good 15 minutes, and we are now done with the crabs, and have not touched but one of the clams. We ask her to just get rid of the clams because they are inedible, so can she take those off the bill and get us an order of fries. Well five minutes later another food runner comes out with fries. They are hot, they came quick, and she leaves them on the table, but no ketchup.
"Excuse me, miss, could we get some ketchup?" I get the full eye roll, a loud sigh and a "Umm yeah, when I get a minute" before she disappears. I give it five minutes, and finally go over to the other side of the restaurant and snag a ketchup from a wait stand. So we pay the bill, and we decide that the beer was cold and the patio area is still nice, so we go out to the little cabana bar that's on the water to have a drink and forget about the crappy service.
However, the bartender is chatting with regulars.Five minutes, ten minutes, so then finally I say, loudly, "What do you have to do to get served in here, anyway?" so he says "I'll be with you in a minute, sorry, didn't see you there." And we were behind him and the center island of the bar was in between us. However, despite it now being 2:00pm, he had neglected to stock his bar. Apologizing to us (and by the way... all we wanted to freaking order was a couple of bottles of beer, and hell we could have even opened them if THAT was too much trouble) he goes from the little cabana back to the main restaurant to get whatever he forgot.
He did at least say to the few people gathered around the bar that he was sorry and would be right back, but when he came back he then immediately served the people who had come up to the bar while he was gone. Not us, who had now been there close to 30 minutes. I had enough and left. We ordered three things to eat. Crabs, steamed clams and fries, and they all were messed up. How the hell do you screw up EVERYTHING in a couple orders? Two were steamed, one was fried.
How can anyone who works in a restaurant in the USA get bent out of shape when you ask nicely for ketchup with your fries?
How can anyone who tends bar have two adults sit there with tongues hanging out for 10 minutes without noticing them?
It was not busy when we came in, although it did fill up later, but that's no excuse.
I was at table 145. I really don't blame the waitress, who was nice when she was there at least. The food runners were rude, the bartender was totally disorganized.
Gilligan's Pier, Pope's Creek Road. AVOID
"It was great! Great food in a casual family
environment, but before getting into all the food stuff let me give you a
brief history of Gilligan's. The restaurant actually has nothing to do with
the T.V. show that we all know and love. The restaurant is actually steeped
in Charleston, SC tradition. It was named after the original old Gilligan's
Oyster Factory in Charleston. The factory was founded by John C. Rutledge,
before the turn of the century in 1891. It was famous for its 16 oz. select
local oysters. Such great names as Albert Einstein, Rudolph Valentino,
Buster Brown, Spanky, Dink and Patsy Bailey, Cliff Corley, and Jimmy Tapp
were not uncommon regulars."
"This information might lead you to believe that oysters are the restaurant's
top seller. However, the most requested entrees on the menu are the fried
seafood platter and the fried seafood combo. People also love the key lime
pie that is made fresh at Gilligan's. The prices for entrees on the lunch
menu range from $4.95 - $13.95, the dinner menu prices range from $7.95 -
$19.95. So, if your going to be in the low country in the future stop by and
give Gilligan's a try. Great food, Great service!"
UPDATE by Stacey Wilkin: It's in Florida, Melbourne to be exact; about 20 minutes from Cape Canaveral. I've been there, it's a hoot. The food is good, and they also have a lounge/dance floor. The prices weren't bad, but it wasn't cheap Las Vegas buffet style either ;). There is also another Gilligan's Restaurant in Sanibel, Fl. I've been to that one too. That one is nice as well, right on the water, and they sell t-shirts. :) Keep up the good work.
Thursdays from 7:30 pm: Country line dancing and Latino
Fridays 9 pm to 1 am: 70's and 80's dance music
Saturdays 9 pm to closing: Top 40
$5 cover charge on Friday and Saturday
We go to the Giligin's bar (misspelled intentionally) in Scottsdale everytime we
are in town (about 2 times a year). It is really small, but great! Everytime
you walk in, you get a free spin on their drink wheel. It usually lands on
Kamakaze shots, though. Anyway, it is a real hole in the wall, crowded with
ASU students and locals alike. Definitely worth visiting on any trip to the
Phoenix area. Oh yeah, it is in Old Town Scottsdale -- don't remember
a lot, we are usually too drunk to notice.
Chuck and Sean Wilson, Scurvy