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Quality and Freshness are the Priority at The Lobster Pot Bistro

By Kelly Church

The Lobster Pot Bistro may be one of many seafood restaurants in Clearwater, FL, but what sets this restaurant apart from the others is their guarantee of fresh food and great entertainment. Fran Bartlett is the proud Owner of this seafood joint that's located right in the heart of the Mandalay Strip between Clearwater Beach and Diamond Isle. The upscale restaurant is now open for lunch and features a simple one-page menu- and feel free to add a lobster tail to any meal!

"We don't store frozen foods as we think it should always come fresh farm to table," Bartlett says. "We want our customers to have a dining experience they can't get at a corporate run restaurant."

At The Lobster Pot Bistro, who's been serving the Clearwater-area for 40 years this upcoming September, it's all about tasting the difference. The menu is simple and plain, but seasoned sides such as fries, roasted potatoes, cole slaw and braised spinach with garlic accompany entrees. Bartlett says that Surf & Turf remains the customer favorite. This dish even comes with their coffee encrusted filet and their homemade Lobster Pot Sauce. They've won awards for their Lobster Mac and Cheese, which is made with fresh Maine lobster tail and cavatappi macaroni and four types of cheeses.

In keeping with traditional Florida style, the Traditional Lobster Pot Key Lime Pie (with whipped cream) is another customer favorite. However, they have a flourless chocolate cake that Bartlett says has "created a buzz." To accompany their loved dessert menu, they have a martini bar that has a special martini featured daily. The Lobster Pot has happy hour every day until 6 p.m. and offers $3.50 jumbo shrimp cocktail.

There are over 35 menu options under $20 and the Lobster Pot Bistro has remained true to their style while providing customers the best price for the highest quality. Bartlett says the last few years have been difficult for the restaurant industry, with the economy fluctuating, but they made it work.

"We actually had to change when the economy changed in the last few years and provide more affordable options," Bartlett says. "For our long term customers that still wanted some of the old recipes we still cook their favorites but they are off the menu. When the restaurant moved to Clearwater Beach we added many more casual dishes and children's dishes. We are hands on with each customer so that when they leave they are raving about the food."

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