Food porn: Treasure Island’s cheese-oozing comfort food

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Food porn: Treasure Island’s cheese-oozing comfort food

People go to Treasure Island Supper Club for the surf and/or turf.

I am among those who go back to the steak and seafood eatery at 250 Chief Woods Lane in Moraine for the potato boat.

It is a relatively simple dish: garlic mashed potatoes, seasonings and a mountain of melted cheddar served in a boat-shaped dish.

Time and time again, the potato boat proves that simple comfort food loaded with cheese is delicious.

The dish can be slightly dry on its own, but that’s nothing a pat or two of the butter the restaurant provides on each table won’t fix.

It is basically a very cheesy baked potato without the skin.

Treasure Island waitress Teri Kennard said the potato boat has been at the restaurant far longer than the 20 years she has been there.

Kennard said it is among the most requested dishes sold at the nautical-themed restaurant owned by Duane Isaacs and opened in 1961.

Many predicted that Treasure Island would sink due to its location when the Moraine GM plant closed five years ago, but the whimsical restaurant still draws loyal diners. There is often a wait for tables on the weekend.

There may be even brighter days in the restaurant’s future.

Fuyao Glass plans to bring 800 jobs to the old GM site.

Back in January, restaurant manager Nancy Zechar told us she hoped Fuyao’s arrival would bring more business to Moraine.

Th potato boat is one of several side items — whipped potatoes, hash brown potatoes, fried rice, corn fritters, French fries and Lyonnaise Potatoes — that come with most dinners.

On its own, the boat is $2.95.

I ordered it and a blue cheese side salad with my Seafood Platter.

The fried platter includes frog legs, a deviled crab in the shell, two fried shrimp, three fried scallops and a piece of cod. The shrimps and crab are the stars of the crispy plate that will send your taste buds sailing (couldn’t help the pun).

The info: 4250 Chief Woods Lane, Moraine,    (937) 299-6161

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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