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Freshly Prepared Food by Car or Boat at Squid Lips Overwater Grill

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Squid Lips Overwater Grill is a successful restaurant with a Florida Keys-like vibe. Yes, you heard right: Squid Lips. Arrive by boat or car to this AAA-rated restaurant with a name you can't forget.

Owner Buz Underill opened the first Squid Lips in 2003 in Sebastian and expanded into a second location in Melbourne a few years ago. Business has grown quickly in the newest location with its great waterfront view, reasonably priced and tasty food and accommodating staff.

From freshly breaded and fried to oak-smoked, you won't find anything but fresh food at this establishment. Menu items include lots of seafood, of course, but also pork, Angus beef and chicken. Appetizers include coconut shrimp, Bahamian conch fritters and grilled sea scallops wrapped in Cajun bacon served with a honey-lime sauce.

Underill tells us, "Our most popular entrees include flounder stuffed with our lobster crab cake mix, redfish filet topped with lobster and crab meat and finished with a lemon béarnaise sauce, and our fresh fish grilled on an open oak wood fire prepared with the customer's choice of rub or housemade sauce. Our shrimp and jalapeno pepper jack cheese grits are also very popular." Or try the Abaco sandwich, which is coconut-battered mild fish topped with mango chutney and melted Swiss cheese on a sweet Sourdough bun. End the meal with a slice of Mike's Key Lime Pie as noted on the Food Network.

Wash it all down with a cold draft beer or two. Purchase a bottled water and 100 percent of the proceeds go to well drilling that brings clean drinking water to those in underprivileged countries. "We sell a lot of "boat drinks" like Pina coladas, rum runners, Miami vices, etc., as well as our 'Bad Little Monkey' mixed drink," says Underill. What is in a 'Bad Little Monkey"? You'll have to visit Squid Lips to find out.

Open for lunch and dinner, you can even come for their Sunday buffet brunch and have at their Bloody Mary bar with over 50 items to add to the mix. Saturday and Sunday afternoons dish up live music. "Weekend afternoons we have entertainment and our beaches and decks fill up. Many times it's just as busy or busier than our evenings, especially when it is boating weather," explains Underill.

Knowing that it takes a community to help make a restaurant great, Underill believes in giving back to the locals by aiding numerous fundraisers for all kinds of causes from child abuse prevention and cancer awareness to hosting fishing tournaments, half marathons, marathons and triathlons. "If it's a good cause and we can work it in our schedule," states Underill, "we're happy to help."

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