What’s to like about the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Sebring? A little, or lots, depending on the type of person you are.
Do you like the classic sports bars, with many TV’s hanging from every possible location on the ceiling and walls, with many of them displaying different sporting events, infomercials, commercials… pretty much non-stop, all without benefit of sound? Then the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Sebring is a place you want to go.
We went, based on a friend’s reference. To borrow a quotation, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.
Service, at least at taking our orders for drinks and food, and the speed with which the drinks came, was excellent. We weren’t in a hurry, so that it took 30 minutes for our meals to arrive wasn’t a big negative. Odd that, though. The lunch rush was over, half the restaurant was empty, and yet meal prep seemed quite a bit longer than we were used to.
What was recommended, among other things, was the Mahi Mahi sliders, blackened. We all tried them. Absolutely wonderful. Piping hot fish, a nice touch of spice, nice bun, lettuce and tomato… mmmmm good!
Mussels at the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Sebring?
One of our party absolutely loves mussels, though all of us think they are good. That person ordered the dish, and upon receipt, more than half of the mussels were not open. That was a concern, as we’d all been taught that if a mussel doesn’t open when it’s cooked, it’s bad!
According to the folks at http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au, “When cooking Mussels, there are often a few stubborn shells that don’t open regardless of how long they’re cooked. Traditional wisdom was to discarded these (as they may have already been dead prior to cooking). You can, however, pry them open away from the plate of food, and if they smell good, they’re good to eat. If they are bad, your nose will tell you! It’s still important however to discard any Mussels prior to cooking that aren’t closed and don’t close when gently tapped, as they’re not alive and it’s impossible to tell how long they’ve been dead or the degree of deterioration. And remember to remove Mussels from the pan as soon as they open so as not to overcook them.”
The State of Oregon department of health disagrees. See their fact sheet here. In that fact sheet they state unequivocally “Discard any shellfish that do not open during cooking.”
From our perspective, the way around this issue, is to deliver to the customer at the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Sebring ONLY mussels that have opened during cooking, and the kitchen should discard the rest. That didn’t happen initially, resulting in an unhappy customer. Upon complaint, they did cook up another batch and all of those mussels were open. And yes, they were quite tasty!
Chicken Wings at the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Sebring?
Another item that came recommended were their chicken wings. Three of us ordered them in various levels of heat and dressings. All were meaty and delicious. One member of our party stopped eating theirs after the first wing when they found that the next was raw in the middle. They took them home to recook there, and enjoy them in absentia. But my, non-opened mussels and raw chicken wings at a restaurant / saloon?
The ambience was distracting – particularly the TV’s right over the bar seats, as patrons had to look wayyyy up to see them, resulting in cricks in necks if you were inclined to watch… all without sound from the TV’s.
Regardless, everything ordered tasted great, the ill-done chicken and non-opened mussels could be put down to a new cook, so go, enjoy. Maybe order other than the wings or mussels though?
The Blue Lagoon Saloon
4120 US Highway 27 N
Blue Lagoon website URL doesn’t work!
By the way… when you get your guest check at the Blue Lagoon in Sebring, on it they show a website for their restaurant. It is: www.bluelagoonsaloon.com. The website URL reaches no website. That seems a very odd oversight when so many folks now find their dining choices by searching the web. When you search for Blue Lagoon in Sebring, you won’t find their website because, as of April 2017, they don’t have one. (Updated – Juen 2019 – still no website at www.bluelagoonsaloon.com)