A new seafood menu and revamped restaurant is stirring things up at Hurricane Dockside Grill in the Marketplace at Wycliffe. Formerly known as Hurricane Grill & Wings, the restaurant has been transformed with a new flair and focus as a “Fun Florida Fish House,” offering a casual, relaxed and rustic atmosphere for people of all ages to dine and play.
“We’re really trying to tune in to what the customer is looking for and differentiate ourselves from other fast casual restaurants out there,” Managing Partner Ron Patak explained. “That’s why we did the Florida fish house concept.”
That new concept includes popular daily dishes like the Tomato Basil Swordfish. It’s grilled, seasoned with lemon pepper and topped with a tomato basil compote and balsamic glaze, served with a choice of sides.
Another top seller is the Crab-Topped Snapper — seasoned and seared Signature Snapper paired with the restaurant’s Signature Crab Cake and crema drizzle — also with a choice of sides.
Aside from the fresh seafood dishes are several big additions, including Fish Fry Friday. “That has been, by far, our number-one seller of all the products we serve,” Patak said.
The meal includes 12 ounces of fresh, hand-breaded cod, served in two 6-ounce pieces over fries with coleslaw and tartar sauce. “At $9.99, it’s a good deal, besides a great product,” Patak said.
The special has been quite a hit. “It has been a great addition. Our customers are super positive, and the response is growing each week, since we started offering it in mid-January,” Area Director Rob Green said.
Also new is the Saturday Clam Fry. “They’re sweet clam strips — hand-breaded, similar to the breading we use for the fish,” Patak said. “Besides the clams, we do a Fisherman’s Platter that has cod, clam strips and hand-breaded shrimp.”
On Sundays, make plans to visit Hurricane Dockside Grill for brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with four types of Eggs Benedict to choose from, including the classic with Canadian bacon and the Caribbean Crab Cake Benedict with warm greens, tomato, avocado slices and Old Bay aioli. For shrimp lovers, there’s sweet chili shrimp with tomato and bacon topped with a sweet and spicy hollandaise. A Garden Benedict includes sautéed mixed greens, red and green peppers, onion tomato and guacamole with hollandaise topped with salsa. Prices range from $9 to $12.
For those who prefer omelets, there are several on the menu, including crab with Monterey Jack and cotija cheeses; western with ham, red and green peppers; and the Californian with avocado and bacon. There’s also a build-your-own omelet option. Prices range from $8 to $11.
For a sweeter palate, four French toast options are available. “We do a stuffed French toast and a Bahamian French toast, which is fried,” Patak explained.
It’s dipped in coconut rum, deep fried and topped with toasted coconut and powdered sugar. The stuffed French toast includes sugar-coated strawberries and cream cheese. The honey pecan French toast is topped with sugar-coated honey and bananas. Or, stick with the traditional topped with a vanilla cream sauce.
Pair your brunch with bottomless mimosa or bloody Mary drinks for $10.
“It has been a huge success,” Green said. “All are extremely popular.”
While the menu has been redone, many original items, including their popular chicken wings with “All You Can Eat” Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m. for $15.99, are still available. Also, burgers, tacos, beach bowls, sandwiches and salads are all offered, too. There are also kids’ meals like jumbo wings, cheese quesadillas and more.
With the fresh vibe, Hurricane Dockside Grill is encouraging a more interactive experience for families and adults. That includes a redesigned game room with foosball, shuffleboard, Jenga and board games.
“It’s great interaction with the parents and kids. Later at night, it’s the adults coming in from the outside bar,” Green said.
The outside tiki bar is the centerpiece, welcoming visitors with a beach-like atmosphere, complete with sand and Adirondack chairs. An open-air bar and seating in the front of the restaurant with 25 TVs throughout for sports lovers is a big draw.
The décor features a beach theme with surfboards up on the walls. The rustic beach environment makes it fun, filled with pinks, light blue and Caribbean-type colors. The 300-seat capacity restaurant includes two new private rooms for parties that can hold from 30 to 55 people.
Hurricane Dockside Grill is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy hour is every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include $2 off all drafts, $3 glasses of wine, half price well drinks and several $6 small plates. There’s also a frozen cocktails menu, including the popular Tropical Hurricane with Cruzan guava and mango rums with a Myers’s dark rum floater.
Green hopes locals and visitors alike will rediscover what the newly made over Hurricane Dockside Grill is all about. “We’re a ‘Fun Florida Fish House,’” he said. “We want people to know about us. We’re more than just wings.”
Hurricane Dockside Grill is located at the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4075 State Road 7. Order online, pick up or have your order delivered through Delivery Dudes and Uber Eats. For more information, call (561) 318-6107 or visit www.hurricanewings.com.