Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 3, 2010

The Brown Lantern

There is an unassuming little restaurant and bar named The Brown Lantern,  in Live Oak, Florida – a small town about 15 miles from our campground.

A number of our neighbors gave glowing reports of their favorite seafood delight at The Brown Lantern…fried oysters, scallops, grilled shrimp and breaded fish, so we had to see/taste for ourselves.

We combined our dining adventure with a trip to the local health food store for vitamins, and then to Wal Mart for general supplies.

Errands completed, we pulled up in front of the restaurant, which was decorated with colorful beach scenes painted on the side of the building.

After being seated at a cozy booth in a warm and sunlit room, it was finally time to check out the menu we had heard so much about.

Everything looked wonderful, but when it was time to order, Keith settled on the fish platter and a St. Pauli Girl. I ordered the grilled shrimp and sweet tea. We had our choice of grilled vegetables or fries and coleslaw. We both decided that since we were treating ourselves, we would go all out and choose the less healthy of the two alternatives.

We were not at all disappointed when the server delivered our food…Keith’s plate was piled high with firm yet flaky pieces of delicate white fish coated with a flavorful breading that was both soft and crunchy at the same time. The shrimp was skewered and basted with an “almost spicy” oil and herb blend, then grilled to perfection.

Now, you never know what you will get when you order coleslaw, so we sampled ours with hesitation. It was delicious…made with purple cabbage…not too sweet and not too tangy. I ate mine quickly, between bites of those wonderful shrimp.

For the most part, I don’t eat french fries because they are almost always disappointing…either undercooked and mushy, flavorless, or delivered cold to your table…so I figured that I would just eat a few and save myself some calories. Well, let me tell you, The Brown Lantern knows how to make french fries, and my good intentions to save calories went right out the window!

I don’t know what they do or how they do it, but those fries actually had flavor, and stayed crispy and fabulous all the way through our meal. I have to admit that I plowed through them fairly quickly, though, so that may have had something to do with it! In an effort to maintain my girlish figure, I did leave a few on the plate, for effect 🙂

All in all, our dining experience at The Brown Lantern was everything we had heard it would be, and I can say with certainty that we will go back again, to sample some of the other tempting treats on the menu.


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