I’m sitting in for Frank Ponder, the TSB Food Dude, while he recovers from some dental work.
Guy Harvey is most known as one of the “world’s finest marine wildlife artists.” In my humble opinion, Harvey should stick to what he knows and stay away from the grill. The food at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill, located in the Villages of Fairview, is quite simply, horrific. It’s seafood at its worst.
Full disclosure, I’m a seafood snob but I’d prefer McDonalds’ filet-o-fish over the fish sandwich I had at Harveys, which was way overpriced. Whenever I have a bad food experience for the first time, I always go for a second try. I will admit, the Texas Style Fish Tacos were far better. The Mahi-Mahi fish was a pleasant surprise over the traditional Tilapia. Although it didn’t taste fresh, it came with some great mango salsa and cilantro that enhanced the flavor.
It upset me that the manager refused a side salad as a substitute for rice and beans. All I wanted was a little greens, not the full-sized house salad to accompany my tacos. No bending the rules at Harvey’s so I got charged $7 for the salad and left the rice and beans on the plate.
Guy Harvey’s just doesn’t fit in Fairview, Texas. It reminds me of a tourist trap that should be in Florida, complete with overpriced, bad seafood. I usually encourage readers to try establishments I don’t like, but I must say there was a roach in my sweet tea! My advice to you: skips Guys and frequent the multitude of other restaurants at the Villages.
Buzz Worthy? NO
Location: Not bad, but parking can be tight
Service: Friendly and hard selling
Food: One star