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Slick Mick’s in Bluewater Bay a place for everyone

Sharon Dooley Daily News Contributing Writer
The Destin Log

BLUEWATER BAY — With his wife, Amy, visiting their son, Robert, Tom Okuly was on his own for his dinner one recent Friday. My husband, Paul, and I invited him to meet us at Slick Mick’s Sports Bar and Grill in the Bluewater Bay golf course club house.

THE FOOD

I had never been to Slick Mick’s, none of the locations. Paul had been to it years ago. We stepped into the eatery with no idea what to expect. We discovered a nice sandwich and sports bar that is suitable for all ages and demographics.

First, we noted that at our early dining hour, the bar was packed with older generation happy hour patrons. We laughed because, while we are not quite in our 60s, we were the youngest people in the dining room.

As the evening progressed, families starting filling the tables.

To open our dining experience, we ordered an appetizer of fried pickles. They are a weakness of mine. The cornmeal-based batter provides a little sweet touch, countered by the tangy and salty pickle chips. Perfect.

This is a sandwich place. If you want a good Philly cheesesteak, you can get it. The cheesesteak was Paul’s choice. He said it’s a traditional version of the sandwich, something that Philly-born Dooley could appreciate. He broke a bit with the recipe, asking for the addition of jalapeños.

Tom also broke with the cheesesteak tradition, going for a pulled chicken version of the sandwich.

“I like that the bun is soft,” he said.

Both sandwiches come with a side of fries.

I’m a little more Southern, so I wanted to try the muffaletta. It is a truly traditional New Orleans-style muffaletta. The sandwich came stacked with a variety of Italian-inspired sliced meats, such as salami and ham, topped with cheese.

Two things set apart the muffaletta from an ordinary deli meat sandwich. The first is the round, sesame seed-topped soft bun. The second is the olive salad. Whichever brand is used by Slick Mick’s made this muffaletta among one of the best I have had outside of New Orleans.

My sandwich came with a side of home-style potato chips.

The sandwiches must have been good because none of us had much more than crumbs left on our plates.

The menu carries a variety: How many places in and around Bluewater Bay and Niceville offer stromboli? If that’s not to your liking, the pizzas could be an option.

For those wishing something on the lighter side, the soups and salads add to the menu selection. Wings are also a part of the offering for a great happy hour snack.

Slick Mick’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, convenient hours for retirees or local business owners and staff.

THE ATMOSPHERE

When Slick Mick’s recently became an addition to the Bluewater Bay community, the owners acquired a long-established dining space. Its ample room ensured that we could carry on our conversation without competing with the bar-side happy hour group or with the large family parties.

This is a casual eatery that allows for small children, grandparents and everyone in between. Parking is ample.

THE SERVICE

On this particular Friday, our server, Laviesha, seemed busy; it appeared that she was taking on additional responsibilities. Still, she was quick, courteous and efficient. She did it all with a smile.

A FINAL TASTE

While we were dining, a musician was setting up for his evening set. I noticed the children were coloring as they waited. The happy hour crowd cleared out, and the families trickled in.

The question I posed to Tom was whether he would return? He gave an emphatic yes. The next question I pose is whether people from outside Bluewater Bay would dine at this Slick Mick’s location? Personally, I think everyone should give it a try.

QUICKBITES

Slick Mick’s Sports Bar and Grill

Location: 1940 Bluewater Blvd., Bluewater Bay

Phone: 897-2583

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Price range: Appetizers, $2.95 to $15.55; soups and salads, $3.65 to $10.75; pizza, $15.75 and $20.10; sandwiches, $8.55 to $10.75

Drinks: Soft drinks, tea, beers, wines, cocktails

Payment: Cash or credit