We were out and about in Mesa today and wanted to catch a bite to eat, so I enticed my husband by reminding him there was a restaurant at Bass Pro Shops that we could try. The actual name of the restaurant is Islamorada Fish Company. But, from the outside it already looks like a fun place to go!
I didn’t do any checking out of the restaurant before we went (I usually check their times and their menu to make sure it will have something for the kids), and we just winged it and it went really well. We entered from the parking lot instead of from inside of the store. The Hostess stand is located at the entrance from the store, so if you entered from where we did on a busy night, you might just want to cross the bar area and go to the stand to be seated. Luckily she was a great hostess and found us looking lost and had us seated instantly.
This is a huge fish tank that could be seen from the bar side, or the side where we were eating. My picture doesn’t do it justice, but it had some beautiful fish in it.
In the center of the big room we were sitting in there was a huge fire place. Since it was only 98 today, I think they should have started a fire (just kidding). There were huge fish on the walls (fake, of course) and lots of things for the kids too look around and see.
Munchie and Giggles had a great time coloring and looking around at all the stuff on the walls. The Islamorada Fish Company provided crayons and books for the kids, and they had a pretty extensive kids’s menu. We always bring sippies and bottles along with us to try and avoid spills if we can.
Dimples (almost one year!) enjoyed the accommodations as well as the yummy bread they gave us to start us off. It has SUGAR on top of it (Watch out sugar crashers!).
I also checked out the women’s bathroom, and in the handicapped stall was a changing station. My husband reports (after many visits with the children) there was no changing area in the men’s room.
The menu for the restaurant has some different items-both fish and meat, but very accommodating for children. In fact, there were a lot of children close to our kids’ ages dining with parents and grandparents while we were there. There was a bar area as well, so those patrons who saw all of us with the kids had a separate place to dine a little more, well, quietly!
The only down side of the Islamorada Fish Company is that there kitchen is an open kitchen and all of their prep items are easily accessible to little hands that might wander around from the table. They have staff that is right at the kitchen so your child won’t get burned, but they might have the opportunity to get a fist full of sauce if they slip away from you!
We really enjoyed visiting Bass Pro Shops as well, (especially my husband!) and walked around for a bit and looked at the other fish and the “stuffed” animals. If you like Cabela’s, you should definitely check out Bass Pro Shops with the kids! And while you are in Mesa, also check out the I.D.E.A. Museum!
The Islamorada Fish Company
1133 N. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85201