Truluck's is a small chain of restaurants primarily in Texas and Florida (Truluck's). They are known for their seafood.
After a recently rekindled friendship with an old friend (OF) and her mother (MO), I was invited to happy hour with them and jumped at the chance.
If you approach from Fifth Avenue S., you venture down a narrow walkway
to the entrance.
During the winter months I have seen a line of 20 people deep waiting to get in here for happy hour which runs from 4:30-7:00. I think that's a good sign.
The bar area, where happy hour happens, is nice, but can get crowded.
There are also a number of tables and "high tops" should you choose not to sit at the bar.
The happy hour menu is quite extensive, and leans more towards a selection of martini's and cocktails.
There are about 5 wines on happy hour, and around 7 appetizers. As far as the latter menu items go, you are in, for the most part, really good food at a great price for this area of town.
OF had been craving their crab cakes and rightfully so. I usually will not order these out as typically, they are short in the crab and long in the cake. These are anything but that, and are some of the best in town.
It's a nice presentation with greens and a mild Tartare (Sauces of the Mayonnaise Family) sauce.
I chose the ceviche (Ceviche). Not bad, covered with a dollop of avacado and served with fresh chips.
I was disappointed with the mussel offering. They were pretty flavorless. So much so that the broth they were cooked in needed much more chutzpah (Chutzpah) to pull if off.
MO ordered a shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were quite large, about 12-16/lb. I would guess.
When they bring this to you, there is dry ice in the bottom of the bowl and they pour some water into it. I think everyone knows what that does.
It gets you into the spirit of the shrimp! Although we didn't try them, the mini bacon cheeseburgers to the right in this picture looked pretty good.
On the way out I passed by the entrance to the dining room. It looks quite pleasant and fodder for a future post.
There you are. For no other reason, if you like crab cakes, have them here. I think you will be pleased.
698 Fourth Avenue S.
Naples, FL 34102