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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Treasure Island Supper Club, Moraine (SW Dayton)

When I first drove past the Treasure Island Supper Club, images of Spongebob Squarepants came to mind. You know, some sort of “Chuck E. Cheese” type restaurant for kids, with the servers dressed in pirate gear, and occasionally belting out a pirate ballad, or an “arrrgh!” It turns out that the place is much more dignified than my original flight of fancy.

The Treasure Island Supper Club is located right next to one of the huge parking lots of the former GM assembly plant. In the past, this area right across the street from the restaurant was often filled with employee cars, but from now on it will remain empty. You can’t really enter without thinking about how the plant’s closing has affected local businesses.

Although it is called a Supper club, I thought that perhaps we would try it at lunch, since the parking lot had been completely full a couple of nights earlier. It was still a bit busier than we had expected. When we went in, we were ‘greeted’ by a couple of shoeshine chairs in the small lobby. That was actually the only greeting we got, because there was no sign that said “seat yourselves”, and no wait staff greeted us. We wandered about for a minute or so, trying to decide if we should just sit down and wait for menus. I was in the process of asking a gentleman at the bar this very question, when the waitress on duty noticed us and seated us. Not sure if this happens often, but they could probably use a sign at the entrance saying “please wait to be seated”.

As you might guess from the name, Treasure Island has a focus on seafood, as well as steaks. I was tempted by the “Seafood Combo Island Salad Supreme”, which I’ve heard good things about. Then I almost went with the frog legs, which I’ve always enjoyed. In the end, however, I decided to order the seafood platter, which has several of each of the seafood items listed under “today’s catch” – jumbo shrimp, fried oysters and fried scallops, plus a stuffed crab. As a side, I got a side salad, and Lyonnaise Potatoes, which are very lightly browned hash browns and onions. My cousin got the Treasure Island Burger, a double decker with special sauce, plus fried cheese sticks as an appetizer. My wife got a French Dip (roast beef sandwich & dip), potato boat and broccoli.

During the 10 minutes or so before the appetizers arrived, we spent most of our time looking over the tables. As you can see from the photo, there is an obvious ocean theme, as well as treasure (coins) from around the world. Each table had these items buried under a thick layer of clear plastic or polyurethane. We later noticed that each table had unique items on it, so you could go back 8 or 10 times and have a new arrangement to look at.

My side salad was ok, with the dressing appropriately served on the side. About the only complaint I could have was that the tomato (and there was only a single slice) was not very ripe, and there wasn’t really any variety in the greens. (pale iceberg) Now it’s just a side salad, so I wasn’t expecting a lot, and I got about what I expected. An actual ripe tomato and a couple of varieties of greens would really have spruced things up. My cousin’s fried cheese sticks were huge, tasty, and spiced just right.

The main courses came about 25 minutes after we ordered. We were all impressed with the quantity – large plates and good amounts of food. My cousin’s Treasure Island Burger was actually too tall for him to fit in his mouth – he had to remove one of the burger patties before it was manageable. He said it was very tasty. My wife said that her French Dip was a step above what she got other places – she could tell it was 100% real roast beef. Her potato boat was a bit on the dry side, however. The broccoli seemed to have some seasoned salt on it that enhanced the flavor.

As for my seafood platter, one of the fried oysters had a slight aftertaste that detracted a bit from the overall experience. (likely due to how it was treated after harvest, before the restaurant even took possession) The jumbo shrimp were just huge and succulent. The scallops were very tender – it is very easy to overcook them, which makes them tough, so I was glad to find them done just right. In the future, I’d like to see an option with less or no breading – perhaps a seafood platter broiled or grilled.

Overall, the visit to the Treasure Island Supper Club was a pleasant dining experience, and one that I can recommend to anyone looking for a traditional seafood & steak restaurant to try in the area. I’m looking forward to going for supper and trying out the broiled scallops next time.

Treasure Island Supper Club

address: 4250 Chief Woods Lane Moraine, Ohio 45439

telephone: 299-6161


hours: Mon - Thur 11 AM to 11 PM, Fri & Sat 11 AM to Midnight

Dayton Dining

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've driven past it for years and never wanted to give it a try... To be frank, I've never had a good meal at a place that calls itself a "Supper Club"... I don't know why.