They are finally back home after years of toil and trouble brought on by Mother Nature. The name is legendary on the coast. Locals just call it “The Blowfly”. The food is hot, fresh and delicious although it is no longer the Blowfly you may remember from your grandparents’ days. The menu has changed quite a bit since Owner Scott Weinberg took over the restaurant in 1998. He says, “When folks come in and see the extensive menu and realize how different we are from all the other restaurants on the coast, they have a tendency to come back again and again.”
From Blue-plate Specials every day to mouth-watering seafood and steaks, the Blowfly has cooking down to a fine art. The recipes are creations by the restaurant owner but he is quick to point out that the ‘family’ at the Blowfly makes all the difference in the world when it comes to the consistency and high standards that go into each dish. There are Miss Carol and Miss Betty who have been with the company for well over 30 years each. The wait staff and kitchen staff have others who are pushing the 20 year mark also. “We just don’t have turnover here like I have seen in other restaurants. This is a family that welcomes new members into their world as they greet each new guest. It is literally like going to eat at your grandma’s house when you come here. You know you will get good food and our staff waits on your every need. Our repeat clients come back because of the atmosphere, the people and of course, the food. It doesn’t hurt too that every seat in the dining room now has a view of the beautiful bay.”
The entire restaurant was a ‘complete redo’ after Hurricane Katrina and Weinberg took the opportunity to upgrade every aspect of the building. The bar area is cozy and welcoming. The kitchen is streamlined with a staff that sends out sizzling hot food that often only takes 30 seconds from fryer to table. (Hint! This is the place for the perfect order of Blue Crab Claws!)
USA Today named the burger at the Blowfly the #1 Burger in Mississippi in 2010 and Scott Weinberg was named the 2008 Restaurateur of the Year! The business and its famous food have been featured on the hit shows “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” and on “Emeril Live”.
Luncheon specials are always a treat and dinner is very affordable. Weinberg says, “We have things on our menu that other places just don’t have. The She-Crab Soup is a great seller. But the most important part of our menu is the guest! This business is only here because of their loyalty.”
If you like to sit al fresco in the spring then this is a great place to go. The patio is open on nice days and you can’t beat the view and wildlife. You can dock your boat at the restaurants pier. This is the perfect place to watch the ‘Christmas on the Bayou’ boat show too!
Visit the Blowfly at http://www.blowflyinn.com or call 228-896-9812. The restaurant is located at 1201 Washington Avenue in Gulfport. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
There is another thing that caught our eye as we entered the dining room. Manager Tereasa Brooks was putting the final touches on a display of her own jewelry creations. Amazing artistry that ladies can wear hung clustered in the foyer. Bright gold’s and earthy greens paired with just the right amount of ‘bling’ made these beautiful pieces seem to pop out us as we entered the door. She calls her hobby ‘Blue Rose Beads’. You can find photos and contact information at http://www.bluerosebeads.artfire.com or call Tereasa at 228-255-5333.