There is a fairly new music venue that is getting a small buzz around downtown Ocean Springs. Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill is located just across the railroad tracks on Robinson Street. Upon entering, you will quickly notice the decor of a Hawaiian tropical paradise.
The building has an ample amount of room for seating and a handful of TV’s to catch the latest in sports updates while you satisfy your thirst at the bar. The front of house staff was friendly and upbeat. Their attitudes blend with the decor of the bar to give you one ‘heck’ of an experience.
I decided to check this place out this past Friday night. I sat at the bar and was immediately greeted by a friendly smile and an ample serving of my favorite beverage, iced tea. The menu has a nice variety to choose from; all the while sticking to a tropical theme.
After perusing the menu for a few minutes, I decided to order the fish and chips at $11.95. I love authentic fish and chips like a fat kid eats cake. The food was served very quickly to my humble surprise. In my basket were 4 large breaded pieces of fish with an order of fries. I asked for malt vinegar but was told they don’t carry it. Disappointment quickly set in, how can you have fish and chips without malt vinegar? I felt my meal crushing in around me. The fish was cooked perfectly. It was crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside as it should. The fries were a little over cooked but I can live with that. Ketchup can fix almost anything. The biggest disappoint of the meal was burnt taste from the fryer. It seemed they had not changed their fryer grease out in quite some time. The taste just lingered with each bite.
Most of the patrons were drinking and having a good time, so I couldn’t get any quick glances at some other plates. I’m thinking I just went on a bad night for the kitchen because I have heard some really good comments about this place. I’ll go back, but I won’t order the fish and chips.
Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill has a nice stage with ample lighting in the back of the room. It seems coast local favorites Rhythm and Rain are playing here for the next month or so. If you know this group, you’ll see why. They are perfect for the atmosphere portrayed by Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill. After my meal, I stuck around for a few songs and took some pictures of their performance. Check them out in our gallery and leave some comments.
Paradise Bar and Grill
1006 Robinson Ave
Ocean Springs, MS 39564