It was actually my wife that suggested it...

It was Valentines Day.  And we are going to a fishing store for dinner???

We ate at Islamorada Fish Company, located inside the Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook, Illinois. 

We had never eaten at Islamorada.  I was somewhat hesitant at first. 

I am a creature of habit, and my favorite local restaurant is Claras Pasta, in Lisle.

But what the heck...  I had heard good things.

Have you ever been to a Bass Pro?

                                    Bass Pro Shops

Awesome place.  An outdoorsmans dream.

The wait was going to be about an hour, so Kenny had a little time to shop...

                       Ken buys a fishing rod

I found exactly what I wanted.  A medium heavy spinning rod for my Shimano 4000 spinning reel. 

Travis, the fishing guy, said "It is the best deal in the place."

Regularly $79.99.  On sale for $49.99.

We checked out the natural fish aquarium.  Filled with cool native species.

Erin smiles in front of the tank...

              Erin by the fish tank

After shopping we still had a wait, so we stopped by the bar...

             The bar at Islamaradas

The aquarium alone was worth the trip.  Huge.  Filled with tropical fish.


Nickie gets a hug from Erin before dinner...


I don't think she wanted Daddy to get jealous...

                  Ken and Erin

The food was great.  The setting fairly casual and family friendly.  Nice and reasonably priced...

             The Surf n Turf

I had the surf and turf.  It was great.  $21.95.  The baked potato was loaded with bacon, sour cream, and cheese.  Mmmm.

                  The Kids Brownie

The Kids Fish Brownie sundae was huge.  Enough for the whole family...

On the way out, I was nearly mauled by a grizzlie.  I guess bears like the smell of lobster...

                           Ken gets eaten by a grizzlie

We had a great night.

A great Valentines Day.

Dinner.  Family.  A little shopping thrown in...

I can't wait for fishing season.


A Realtor you can trust. 

Comment balloon 17 commentsKen Tracy • February 16 2009 08:16PM


Have you ever been to a Bass Pro?

Hey Ken,

Looks like your family had a blast!  :)

I've never been to a Bass Pro Shop, but we did drive past one on Valentine's Day.  The place is huge!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) almost 10 years ago

Ken, I always like the aquarium at Bass Pro. We have one here in Grapevine, TX. What a great day out with the family. Loved ALL of your pictures.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

My husband went on his Christmas shopping spree (for himself) at Bass Pro Shop but we haven't eaten at the restaurant yet.  The food looks great.  I love the pictures of your family.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

That sounds like an almost perfect V day.  Fishing gear, Family, Steak seafood and a nice Potato.

The ice will melt soon

Posted by David Timm, CRS, EcoBroker, GRI, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like a great time and the perfect place for a family outing. I had no idea Bollingbrook now had a Bass Pro.If you're ever in Missouri, be sure to stop in at the original store in Springfield. 

Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) almost 10 years ago

Ken- Sounds great. What adorable pictures!

Posted by Ilyce Glink, Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host. (Think Glink Media) almost 10 years ago

Hi Ken... It looks like you guys had a lot of Fun and a lot of Yum!  That fish brownie looks delicious.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

Ken - I love Bass pro shop. I could spend a few hours in the looking around.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) almost 10 years ago


I didn't know that Bass Pro had a restaurant in them but then I have never been in a Bas Pro before either.

It sounds as though you and the family had a GREAT time.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Hi Don, Robert, Steve, Ilyce, Debbie, David, Shirley, Gary, and Bruce.

Thanks for reading.

It was great.  Especially since we had a wait.

Our daughter would get bored sitting in a waiting area...

But we could get out there and see so many things. 

They have clothes, too!

I am excited about my new rod.

Thanks again, everyone.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

So kids favorite place - no exaggeration here - is Cabellas.  They love the adventure and I love the restaurant as well.  I may have to look at the food there.  I love got me dude.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 10 years ago

Hi Ken,

Looks like you all had a fun day. Erin sure is getting big. Soon she will be taking you for a walk thru the farming areas.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Hal and Larry.  Thanks for reading!

Erin is getting big.  She has to do everything herself, too.

Larry, I have yet to make it to a Cabellas.  I love big fishing stores.

Thanks again, guys.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

Ken, you convinced me to go to Bass Pro.  I am a lifelong fisherman and have a most excellent Alumacraft fishing boat just waiting for spring.  I have been to the Bass Pro in MO but not the one here.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dean Akey almost 10 years ago

Now that sounds like a fantastic Valentine's Day! Any place that sells fishing poles is A-okay in my book:)

Posted by Cherimie Crane (Cherimie Crane & Associates) almost 10 years ago

Hi Cherimie and Dean.  Thanks for reading.

We had a great time, and I found the perfect rod!

It was a great Valentines.

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

Ken - I spend my fair share of time at Bass Pro in Orlando...  I've also dined at the original Islamorda Fish Company on Islamorada in the Keys @ Worldwide Sportsman...  The fish is fresh out of the water and there is nothing like the salt air and the sunsets.  Looks like you had a wonderful and you really do have a lovely family - truly the greatest gift of all.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) almost 10 years ago

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