In Gautier (pronounced Go-Shay) Mississippi you can enjoy seafood, live music, and on Tuesday through Thursday nights, a free sunset cruise at the Tiki Room Restaurant, Lounge and Marina, INC. Your receipt for dinner is your ticket for the cruise. So you can eat before the ride or pay for dinner and eat it when you get back.
The sunset cruise, provided by Classy Lady Cruises, takes you down the Singing River. Captain Jim tells a legend that says that the Biloxi Indians and another tribe had a disagreement over an Indian princess. When the Biloxi Indians trapped the tribe by the river, instead of surrendering they went into the river and folks say you can still sometimes hear them singing in the river. While there was no singing from the river tonight there was a beautiful view of the sunset.
Back at the restaurant it was Tuesday with a cover band playing in the basement and all you can eat crab legs on the menu for $25. The crab dinner came with a small salad with dressing in a little, plastic cup, corn on the cob that was wrinkled like yesterday’s leftovers, potatoes, and sausage. The flavor/texture of the crab legs were better than the waterlogged crab you find at an average all you can eat buffet. The first round was a bit dried out and subsequent orders were more moist, though none of them were hot when they arrived at the table. That may be due to the slow, indifferent service that left them cooling on the counter too long.
While the restaurant wasn’t worth a repeat trip, toss on a peaceful, sunset cruise on the Singing River with the delightful Captain Jim and it was worth the price. Just skip the seafood and get one of their Po-Boy sandwiches or cheaper choices instead. The food alone scores a weak three stars but factoring Captain Jim pulls it up to a solid four. If you are in the area on a Tuesday through Thursday evening when the weather is right, give them a call to make sure the boat is running and sign up for dinner and sunset with Captain Jim (228) 497-1591.