We checked radar weather this past Saturday before heading out the door on our five mile walk. The bands of showers appeared to be several miles off shore in the Gulf, so we figured there would be plenty of time to get physically fit. I'd like to mention here that physical fitness sucks!
Two miles into our hike we felt rain drops falling on our punkin heads. Looking behind us we saw heavy rains fast approaching. Thankfully we were only a half block away from a strip mall at the corner of Interbay and Bayshore. We ran for this shelter as fast as we could and just made it.
The rain showed no sign of letting up any time soon. Now what? This strip mall has a convenience store, is home to the Cellini restaurant (which wasn't open yet), and TDY's Sports Pub. We learned some time ago in Key West that if your outdoor plans get rained out there is always a Plan B. Let's drink! So, we headed off to TDY's to do just that.
TDY's is a neighborhood beer joint/sports bar. This is a dimly lit establishment that has a warm comfortable feel with friendly patrons and really cold beer. We sat at the bar and ordered a couple of brewskis while our eyes adjusted to our surroundings. The bar is surrounded by large screen, in focus, TVs making this an ideal spot on game day. There were a couple of crusty bearded gentlemen sitting to our left that I have since discovered are fixtures at that spot at the bar. Farther down, we spied a neighbor friend of ours who always waves to us when we are out walking.
There was a chalk board at the far end of the bar showing Today's Special - Shepard's Pie. I had no idea that TDY's served food. On a subsequent visit I discovered that they do have a food menu, most of which is typical pub grub - hamburgers, hot dogs and such. The real surprise is the breakfast menu. While the burgers are tasty, what I am really looking forward to on our next visit is breakfast with a Bud. I can't think of a better way to start the day.
TDY's is not fancy. You will not find wood paneling and fern baskets hanging from the ceiling. What you will find is a great little neighborhood tavern situated in the heart of SOG City.
Cheers and Bon Appetite, y'all.