Shape Up or Ship Out

Because I actually had to remember what I ate, I passed on the Painkillers and settled for the pan-fried honey bananas, a rum-infused banana split drizzled with caramel sauce, getting enough of a high from the sugar content. Along with a rich brownie topped with chocolate ice cream, the bananas were meant to be a surprise birthday treat we'd set up beforehand. Unfortunately our server ruined this by announcing that the birthday girl would get a free sweet. Her heart was clearly in the right place. The same can be said for Pusser's management, which is seeking to improve its struggling franchise with expensive overhauls.

But until the management puts its money where the mouths are (by perfecting the menu), and until the waitstaff learns to differentiate between clams and oysters, the new Pusser's buzz is doomed to dissipate faster than a shot of rum.

Pusser's West Indies. 300 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-4123. Dinner Monday through Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Closed Location

Black bean soup (bowl)

Combination fritters

Sea bass

Prime rib/crabcake dinner

Pan-fried honey bananas

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