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Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill
Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill
Join Tommy, John "Six Pack," Michele, Joe and Steph for two-for-one happy hour from 5-6 p.m., and ask Michele for one of her special marinated cherries.
Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill
Jaime, Chase, Angela, and Nicholette are ready to serve you at the poolside, patio, and on the beach at Coconuts on 37th Street.
Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill
Lyndsey, Ginger, Jenny, and Ceil had beachside fun at Coconuts Bar and Grill on Tipsy Tuesday.
    Where can you go for a beachfront meal, live entertainment, outdoor tables with big umbrellas, and poolside drinks with little umbrellas? Go to Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill at the Castle In the Sand Hotel on 36-37th Street. Boasting events like Margarita Monday, Tipsy Tuesday, and Sunday Funday, Coconuts is a local favorite. Spend the day on the beach while friendly servers take your order and bring your food and refreshments directly to your beach chair. Or, take a seat at the bar amidst palm trees and sand dunes, or at one of many patio tables, to enjoy a meal while you watch volleyball games and listen to live music.
    Coconuts is one of my weekly stops, and this week I visited the beach bar and grill with three of my closest girlfriends—Ceil, Lyndsey, and Ginger. Our informative server, Chase, greeted us and said, “Those of us who work here, come here. Everything is that good.” Coconuts is definitely a social atmosphere. Impromptu volleyball matches form on the sandy court, live musicians and dancing crowds join forces for sing-alongS, and managers and staff chat with diners. Kids are invited to participate in organized poolside activities—like songs, face painting, pirate games, and fun with bubbles and balloons—while parents relax at the beach bar. A kids menu is also available, and Coconuts projects full-length motion pictures, like Disney’s “Surfs Up,” throughout the summer on the Castle wall.
    We asked Chase, who is a student at Towson University and working his second summer at Coconuts, to tell us about the best menu items. First, he recommended the Jamaican Grilled Mahi Sandwich. Topped with Jamaican walkerswood seasoning and mayo, this sandwich is spicy hot. Next, he explained that the fresh Chicken Salad is prepared with bacon, onion, and a mayonnaise and Ranch dressing blend. Chase also recommended his favorite menu item: the Teriyaki Chicken Breast. Grilled and marinated in teriyaki, the chicken breast is served rolled in a wrap or on a potato roll with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
    New Appetizers on the menu are Smiley Fries and Fish & Chips. Crab Bites, Buffalo Wings, Fried Shrimp, and Old Bay Fries are just a few classic appetizers available. Our table decided to try the Jerk Chicken “Island Style.” Served in a basket with zesty honey mustard dipping sauce, the jerk chicken is blackened to perfection.
    Coconuts offers a tempting Salad menu, with ideal summertime creations like Garden and Caesar Salads. Their Shrimp Salad consists of gulf shrimp in a creamy old bay & dill sauce, served on top of garden salad or on pita bread. Tuna and Chicken Salad are homemade and served on garden salad or on your choice of bread. And Chicken Breast is available grilled or jerk-style on garden or Caesar salad.
    An array of sandwiches, wraps, and subs keeps beachcombers and poolside guests satisfied. New on this year’s menu are the Fried Fish Filet Sandwich—beer battered, fresh haddock on a Kaiser roll—and Pork BBQ Sandwich—pulled pork Carolina bbq served on a Kaiser roll with coleslaw.  Another must-try recipe debuting on the menu is the California Turkey Wrap. Tender sliced turkey breast with sprouts, tomato, and avocado ranch dressing, this wrap is nutritious and delicious. The burgers at Coconuts are certified Angus beef, grilled your way in 4 oz. or 8 oz. portions. Maryland-style Crab Cake, Grilled Fresh Tuna Steak, Prime Rib, and Grilled Chicken top off the Sandwich selections, and a 1/4 lb., all-beef Mega Dog and Italian Sausage with peppers and onions are additional scrumptious offerings.
    Lindsey took Chase’s advice and ordered the Jamaican Grilled Mahi Sandwich. The Mahi filet was so huge, it spilled over the sides of the potato roll, and the walkerswood Jamaican mayo is creamy and scrumptious. “I like spicy food,” said Lyndsey, “and this is really spicy.”
    Each Wrap is overstuffed and full of flavor. Try the Pepperjack Chicken Wrap, consisting of grilled chicken, pepperjack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. Chicken Wraps are also prepared jerk-style, teriyaki-marinated, or grilled. My friend, Ceil, ordered the Taco Wrap. Seasoned ground beef wrapped with pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and served with a side of salsa, this wrap is bursting with invigorating flavor. Ceil tried it with a Ranch/avocado sauce, which added the perfect amount of sweet flavor to the wrap. I ordered the homemade Chicken Salad with Swiss cheese on pita bread. As promised, the new recipe is a perfect lunch on a summer day. Chunks of chicken are ideally balanced with creamy Ranch/mayo blend. Rolled in an overstuffed wrap, the portion is more than enough for one hungry tummy.
    In addition to the bar and grille menu at Coconuts, the Beach House Restaurant serves up two all-you-can-eat buffets on the lower level of Castle North. Only $8.95 for adults and $5.25 for kids, the Breakfast Buffet includes eggs, pancakes, French toast, corn beef hash, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, hash browns, creamed chipped beef, biscuits, grits, oatmeal, sausage gravy, cereals, bagels, muffins, danishes, yogurts, and fresh fruit salad. Start your beach day with a hearty meal Monday through Friday from 7-11 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until noon.
    The Beach House Restaurant’s Seafood and Prime Rib buffet includes mouth-watering entrees like snow crab legs, slow roasted prime rib, steamed shrimp, fried shrimp, crab bites, crab claws, calamari, Maryland crab soup, baked fish, fried chicken, beef pot roast, bbq ribs, corn on the cob, fresh vegetables, salads, dessert, and much more. Served daily from 4:30-9:30 p.m., the all-you-can-eat buffet costs $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids.
    Coconuts serves a full bar menu, including beer, wine, frozen, and tropical drinks. All blended drinks are homemade, so make sure you try the Dirty Banana. Or, order a bucket of five Barefoot wines. Stop by Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill between 1-5 p.m. throughout the summer to see the talents of Darin Engh of Opposite Directions on Fridays, Kevin Poole & Joe Mama on Saturdays and Thursdays, Aaron HowellCrowded Outhouse on Sundays, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Duo on Mondays, Roger Hernandez on Tuesdays, and Chris Button & Joe Mama Duo on Wednesdays. Home of one of the cheapest happy hours in town, Coconuts serves two-for-one drinks every day from 5-6 p.m. Except for blender drinks, everything is two-for-one, including top shelf brands like Patron and Grey Goose. As part of Coconut’s summer-long Tipsy Tuesday event, each customer who orders an award-winning Tipsy Turtle rum punch is invited to complete an entry form for a chance to win a 5-day vacation at the Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina in the Bahamas. A new finalist is announced each Wednesday, and the grand prize winner will be rewarded at Coconut’s closing party on Sunday, September 27. And, of course, remember to visit Coconut’s for this week’s Sunday Funday. See you there!
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