Delicious Sushi Thursday at The Ol’ Tacklebox Over-the-Water Restaurant

The Ol’ Tacklebox Restaurant (formerly Tacklebox Bar and Shark’s Bar) is one of the oldest bars in San Pedro. There have been a few different iterations, different owners, and different themes…old timers can tell you when there was an ocean pen in the deck that housed nurse sharks and even turtles!

Front of the Tacklebox

Others can tell you when the structure washed away in 1998’s Hurricane Mitch. I can tell you about managing the spot from 2007 to 2011 and…British soldiers striping naked at midnight and jumping out the windows?

That’s one of the tamer stories.

But what has remained the same is the central location and the STUNNING views – some of the best on the island.

Wonky Tacklebox Dock

Since they re-opened after the pandemic (and some ownership legal wrangling) in 2022 – Chef Dan Choc has been bringing his culinary skills to this simple structure.

Dan spent many years as chef and head chef at the now almost mythical Rojo Lounge. A spot now closed but remembered so fondly by SOOOO many as the best food in the most magical location. This place was AWESOME.

View out the window at Tacklebox

Ask anyone who was here from….2005 to 2016 about Rojo. Check out this 2014 post about my day at Rojo. That was BEFORE I met my now boyfriend of 8 years, Jeff. Who was one of the founders of Rojo Bar and the chef.

That’s me!

Rojo’s beautiful pool and view circa 2014

All I need to tell you is that Dan KNOWS what he is doing. A few months ago, he started bringing his Rojo sushi skills to Ol’ Tacklebox – and is doing a Sushi Thursday. All day. He’s been sending me photos of his food (which I already know is FANTASTIC) and it was time to visit.

Parking on a busy front street…

Art on Front Street

To the beach by the Holiday Hotel.

Beachfront by Holiday Hotel

And then out onto the Tacklebox dock. Some jet skis that may not have been used for a while…

Jetskis on Tacklebox dock
The back deck of Tacklebox

Rustic…almost a sports bar like feel but the food is top notch. And sophisticated.

We started with one of the original Rojo recipes – the Belikin Stout braised pork belly baos. Soft homemade steamed bread, the crunch of a cucumber slice, the sweet-salty-fatty pork…it’s so good.

Pork baos
A bit of the Tacklebox Menu

A look at the regular menu – they also do lots of yummy appetizers, they cook your fresh catch AND they do a “staff lunch” – if you are just looking for simple but delicious rice and beans.

I can’t WAIT to try this cheese and chaya pizza. It’s such a great combo.

The view from our table.

Tacklebox back door view

And Dan brought us an Alaskan Pizza to go. Jeff and I can’t get enough of that original Rojo recipe. It’s some kick-ass pizza loaded with the good stuff.

Alaskan Pizza

Mmmm…leftovers for a few days. Is there anything better than good cold pizza in the refrig? The very definition of “living my best life” 🙂

We were hear to try the sushi.

Sushi menu

We asked Dan to bring us the favorite – with no cream cheese! (I do not enjoy cream cheese on my rolls…)

Yum. Avocado, Belizean summer mango, shrimp tempura, spicy tuna…it was amazing. And I forgot to take her picture! AHHH!

But here are some photos Dan has been sending me for the last few weeks to lure us in.

SUshi at Tacklebox

And then the one he sent me the day after we ate…this gorgeous looking shrimp, bacon and cheesy grits plate. I mean…come on.


For more information and to look at the daily specials, follow Ol’ Tacklebox on Facebook.

He posts when he gets a fresh fresh order of fish…and has some amazing-looking specials.

And I’ve got a busy week. I AM GETTING SWORN IN AS A BELIZEAN CITIZEN ON THURSDAY! And am working hard to learn the national anthem.

I’m super excited.

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  1. HARPO ZANEIS on July 30th, 2023 at 11:40 am

    how do you subscribe to the monthly newsletter???

    • Ken White on July 30th, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      My wife and I dined several times at Rojo. Food was excellent. BUT, let me tell you about the desserts…they were fabulous. At the time, Rojo had a frozen yogurt machine and made their own. A scoop of each flavor was out a half pint each. Monsterous!!! Cathy had the ice cream cookie. Humongous!! 2 cookies about 8 inches with at least 2 inches of vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies. Can you say “take home”…but how the chef put fresh ice cream between the cookies, got on the boat, and shared dessert with the Capt. Morgans kitchen staff. Absolutely delicious!!!

      • San Pedro Scoop on July 30th, 2023 at 3:39 pm

        I need to ask Jeff about this AND why he is not making this at home 🙂 They did buy an ice cream machine from Mata Chica years ago (I think) and…now my mouth is watering.

  2. Richard on July 30th, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Yummy… now I’m really hungry.

    Makes waiting for 5 + years to make it back to thee Island .

    Save me a piece of pizza 🤣

    Richard( Darhcir )


  3. Connie Carter on July 30th, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats on your citizenship!!!!

    Wanted to tell you about a local resturant on middle street that opened a few weeks ago (I believe), that has an awsome lunch Buffet. Super sup and Buffet by El Charro on Middle street. Local Yesenia Barrientos is the owner and working hard to be successful. Excellent food!!!

    • San Pedro Scoop on July 30th, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      Lunch buffet! I need to keep my eyes peeled for this. I’ll definitely try. THanks for the tip.

  4. John Robert on July 30th, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    From the looks of the Menu prices.. tables are sure to have Linen coverings with Crystal glasses plus Valet service!

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 1st, 2023 at 8:50 am

      It is on the pricier side – more of a special occasion for us.